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.”
Blazers’ Damian Lillard Discusses Game Winning Shot
In the ultimate last work towards the trash talking Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit a ridiculous, buzzer-beating 3-point shot to eliminate the Thunder on Tuesday.
The shot will live on for an eternity and Lillard took time to discuss the dagger that sent the talking Russell Westbrook and his team packing.
“I was blanking out,” Lillard said, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic. “I was having my own thoughts. I was … angry. Not that type of anger like I was mad, but anger like I was in a rage.”
Thunder’s Billy Donovan defends Paul George for End of Game Dunk
Oklahoma City Thunder forward, and MVP candidate, Paul George ruffled the feathers of the Portland Trail Blazers for opting to dunk the ball as opposed to dribbling out the clock in their Game 3 victory.
While George made no friends with the Blazers, who visibly took issue with the dunk, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan had no issue with what took place.
“My feeling was they probably shot a shot,” Donovan said, according to Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. “Paul kind of went in and dunked it. Both teams played the game all the way out.”
George declined to comment on the dunk in the post-game presser.
Thunder’s Markieff Morris Taking Time with New Team
Oklahoma City Thunder newly signed forward Markieff Morris has played just 3 games with his new team after being signed back on February 20th, and is taking his time with getting acclimated with the Thunder.
“For me, you just want to be a help to the team,” Morris said, according to Maddie Lee of the Oklahoman.
“You don’t want to come in and force things. You want everything to go smooth, how they went before you got here. So for me just getting acclimated to the offense and defense, playing with the guys.”
Morris began the season with the Washington Wizards.
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