Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony is in his first week as a member of his new team, after being traded away from the New York Knicks, but everyone is already talking about system fits for the veteran.
Anthony, who resisted the position move while a member of the Knicks, will make the full-time transition to starting power forward with Oklahoma City, head coach Billy Donovan said on Tuesday.
“No, he’s going to start the power forward spot for us,” Donovan said. “That’s what he’s going to do.”
Anthony is accepting of the position switch and seemingly embraces the role.
“I’ve been playing the 4 almost all my career,” Anthony said.
“Even in Denver, we was one of those teams with George Karl, kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the 4, picking up the pace. We kind of started that. And the league wasn’t ready for that at that time.
It was all about traditional bigs and power forwards and centers. And now, it’s just whoever. You have 2-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center.
So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots, as long as you know the offense, as long as you execute, those positions, they don’t matter.”
Thunder Exercise Option on Terrance Ferguson
The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised the third-year option on the contract of Terrance Ferguson.
Ferguson is a former 1st round pick of Oklahoma City back in the 2017 NBA draft, and with increased playing time this season, he is averaging 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game for the Thunder.
Thunder announces it has exercised the third-year option on Terrance Ferguson for 2019-20.
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 29, 2018
Thunder’s Paul George Talks About Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George had an interesting take on his MVP teammate, point guard Russell Westbrook, saying that the point guard is a bit of an “a**hole” but saying that it is fine to be one.
“You’ve got guys in the league that have that — I would say ‘a–hole’ in them that people think Russ has,” George said, according to Royce Young of ESPN. “And that’s fine. That’s fine to be an a–hole. You should be an a–hole at some point.”
In case you think that by George labeling Westbrook in such a derogatory way is a slight, George explained that it was a good thing.
“The difference is, you’ve got guys that are a–holes that don’t care to be your teammate. Russ is going to be there, regardless if he’s getting on you, if he’s chewing you out,” George explained. “If it’s something he feels he needs to address with you, he’s going to do it. But he’s going to be your teammate at the end of the day. He’s going to have your back, he’s going to stand his ground and he’s going to go to war with you. After, he’s going to laugh, he’s going to joke — that’s Russ. He’s a different type of teammate.”
Thunder’s Andre Roberson to be Re-Evaluated in Two Months
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson has suffered an unfortunate setback in his rehabilitation from left patellar knee surgery that will set him back an additional two months in his recovery, according to ESPN’s Royce Young.
The setback required Roberson undergo surgery on Thursday, according to a team spokesperson. Roberson’s recovery has not been without it’s hurdles as he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee over the summer to relieve inflammation that developed during his rehab.
Roberson, 25, will be re-evaluated in two months but he will need even more time to prepare for a return to action this upcoming season.
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