Two New Nike Uniforms — Sort Of
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 26, 2017
They’re nearly exactly the same save for the composition of the uniform, the tailored cut of the shoulders, the Nike logo, and the belt buckle block-lettered ‘OKC.’
With the dreamsicle ‘sunset’ unis reportedly going away, Nike has plans to serve up two new alternates (and likely a Christmas uniform) for the Thunder to wear this season. Since Nike hasn’t messed with any team’s uniforms too much yet, I expect them to take a few creative risks with the alternate uniforms.
Voluntary Offseason Workouts Begin
The Thunder have made a bit of a tradition of offseason workouts in Russell Westbrook’s backyard, Los Angeles. ESPN’s Royce Young reports that the Westbrook-organized workouts have begun, with nearly all Thunder players reporting. Notable absentees include new acquisition Paul George (on vacation in Spain), Alex Abrines (at home in Spain), and Nick Collison (family vacation). It is unclear if Thunder draftee Terrance Ferguson will attend, as he has not inked a contract with the Thunder — more on that in a second.
Young reports that George’s vacation was planned before his trade to the Thunder. Collison gets a pass — he’s paid his dues. While I was initially disappointed to see Abrines absent (I have high hopes for him this season!) it’s understandable that he’d want to spend time at home after a whirlwind rookie year.
Voluntary workouts simply don’t happen this early in the offseason for other teams, so it’s a testament to Westbrook’s leadership and the work ethic of the squad as a whole. Provided that all players escape injury-free, the workouts can only help the Thunder and their chemistry.
Terrance Ferguson Still Unsigned
Every first round pick from this year’s NBA draft has signed — except for Terrance Ferguson. Erik Horne does a great job of explaining the Ferguson situation, but the crux of the issue is that nobody is 100% sure why he hasn’t been locked down yet.
The Thunder have apparently not received clearance from FIBA (basketball’s international ruling body) after he forewent college to play one season professionally in Australia. It appears likely that the issue is with a buyout clause in Ferguson’s contract, but it is a bit puzzling — why would he allow a prohibitive clause if he had aspirations to go to the NBA?
It’s a bit of a mystery, but there’s no need to sweat if you’re a Thunder fan. There remain almost two months until the season starts — plenty of time to hash this out. My prediction is that it will be worked out sooner rather than later.
All 48 Podcast
Yesterday, we launched something I’ve been excited about for a while now: the All 48 podcast. You can call it the 48cast if you really want to be cool.
It’s something that we plan on doing once a week at minimum during the dredges of the summer, and then ramping up once the season starts and not stopping until the final buzzer. Let’s face it — we should have been doing this already.
With that being said, you can check out the first episode I recorded with Jerry Ramsey of the G-Men and Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript here. I hope you enjoy, and I welcome feedback as always.