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Paul George Says Thunder Commitment Has Been ‘Off the Charts’

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have certainly made an impression on their new forward Paul George whom they acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers this summer.

George said that Russell Westbrook’s newly inked five-year extension with the Thunder will “absolutely” factor into his decision on his own future next summer.

“We’ve been on an unbelievable start right now, and for him to be committed here, it says a lot,” George said about Westbrook’s contract.

“Not only in us pairing together, but just knowing what type of dude Russ is and his values and his beliefs and him being committed to this organization says a lot. And I’m one person that’s enjoying it here, so I think when that time comes, the decision will be easier to make for myself.”

“From the commitment from the front office all the way down to Russ, the commitment here is off the charts,” George said.

“I had a feeling he wanted to remain a Thunder,” George said. “But again, you let guys deal with their situations, and that’s what it was. He had to make his decision.”

Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, also a new addition to the team, was also pleased about Westbrook’s deal.

“I was happy, I was happy,” Anthony said.

“Everybody should be happy, everybody should be excited about right now [and] the future. He’s the cornerstone of this organization, and he’s proven that yesterday by agreeing to that deal not only showing this organization his commitment, but showing [Oklahoma City] his commitment to them, too.”

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Thunder’s Paul George Asked Billy Donovan to Stop Running Plays for Him

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George reportedly asked head coach Billy Donovan to stop running plays for him at one point last season.

George made the comments during an interview with ESPN’s Royce Young:

“I’ve always been a guy to just let the game come to me,” George said.

“Just play the game. If it’s a shot for me, if I can make a play, create for someone else, I’ll do that. A lot of times you run a play, everybody’s watching, everybody’s locked in, everybody’s pulling over and it just makes the game tougher for me

“I like it when I can kind of manipulate and be on attack mode where they don’t know what to do, as opposed to a play other teams [can] scout.”

Donovan added in:

“At times he’s like, ‘Stop—just let me get it,'” Donovan said. “I had to learn him. I can watch things on film and say, ‘Oh, that’s a good play and he made that shot, let’s run that,’ but there’s a lot more to it than that.”

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Thunder Exercise Option on Terrance Ferguson

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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.

 

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Thunder’s Paul George Talks About Russell Westbrook

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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.”

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