The Oklahoma City Thunder began the NBA preseason this week with a trip to Spain for two global games, Real Madrid and Barcelona. The team seems to be having a grand time between practices, playing tourist throughout Spain, and meeting Cristiano Ronaldo.
On Monday, the Thunder dropped their first preseason matchup at Real Madrid, 137-142 in overtime. Newcomer to OKC, Victor Oladipo, dropped 34 points and one monster slam. Thunder center Steven Adams went down with a sprained ankle, and is already ruled out of Wednesday's game against Barcelona, per Erik Horne. Horne reports that the team will re-evaluate Adams once the team returns to Oklahoma City.
Enough about this game, though. Take a look at what the OKC Thunder have been up to during their stay in Spain.
All smiles (except for whatever face Steven Adams is making) on the ten hour flight from OKC to Spain. This will be an important bonding experience for this Thunder team going through an enormous amount of transition so quickly.
The team even landed in time to catch the new Meek Mill freestyle!
The plane just landed and once we all got service the whole team watched Meek Mill funk flex freestyle lol— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) October 1, 2016
Thunder coaches and players joined NBA Cares for a basketball clinic in Barcelona.
Joffrey Lauvergne enjoyed watching Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Victor Oladipo dropped 34 points on Real Madrid and obliterated the rim as well as everything else in his way during this slam:
Russell Westbrook is enjoying life as the man in OKC, as he swapped jerseys with Cristiano Ronaldo. It must be true what they say, that game recognizes game, eh?
Oh, don’t want to leave out my personal favorite moment from this Thunder trip so far. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams also took a picture with Ronaldo. Kanter even dubbed Ronaldo the third Stache Bro. Not sure how that is going to work out... (Has Ronaldo ever had a stache?)
The OKC Thunder's trip through Spain is not yet complete, but the team has already enjoyed itself so much with more excitement surely on the horizon. It is so good to have the NBA back, isn’t it?