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Loud Links and Thunder News: week of August 11

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Monday, August 6

Brunson League 2018

Jerami Grant mix of him participating at the Brunson League, a Pro-am league in Baltimore Maryland.

9️⃣ @2kforbes

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Tuesday, August 7

Jordan “Why Not?” Zer0.1 Low ‘Grey’

Russell Westbrook signature shoe ‘Jordan “Why Not?” Zer0.1 Low ‘Grey’’ is released and can be purchased here.

Thunder’s Christmas game

Thunder to play against the Houston Rockets once again on Christmas for the 2nd straight year, but it will be taking place in Houston according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. The game will start at 2 pm CT and will be nationally televised on ABC.

This will be the Thunder 9th consecutive Christmas game and former Thunder forward, Carmelo Anthony, who helped the Thunder defeat the Rockets last year 112-107, will now be switching teams this upcoming season who just verbally agreed to sign with Houston.

Chris Johnson open run

Westbrook was seen going at it with former UCLA teammate, Darren Collison, at NBA Skills Development Trainer, Chris Johnson, open run.

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Wednesday, August 8

Schröder anthem is here!

Thunder new young guard following Brodie’s footstep?

Official Season Opening night, Christmas, and MLK day game announced

The NBA just announced Opening night, Christmas, and MLK day game for the Thunder this upcoming season.

Thunder will tip off their first game this upcoming season against the defending Golden State Warriors, who will be hosting the Ring Ceremony Night before the game on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 9:30 pm CT. Nationally televised on TNT.

Thunder will play their 9th consecutive Christmas game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at 2 pm CT. Nationally televised on ABC.

Thunder will also play their MLK day game on Monday, January 21, 2019, against the New York Knicks. 11:30 am CT. Televised on NBA TV.

Russ landing in Shanghai

Westbrook posted an Instagram story of him landing in Shanghai, China for his ‘Why Not? tour’ with his mom who is going alongside with him on the tour

Nick’s retirement beard

Longtime retired Thunder player, Nick Collison, showing off his retirement beard and of course the book he is looking forward to reading, ‘Outside the Wire’.

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Thursday, August 9

Skinz League OKC

Thunder 2-way guard, Deonte Burton, going at it at a Pro-am league taking place in Oklahoma City called ‘Skinz League’.

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Russ Why Not? Tour

Westbrook in Shanghai, China for his ‘Why Not? tour’ that is taking place there.

WHYNOT? Simple but VERY powerful! #whynottour @jumpman23

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Friday, August 10

2018/19 Thunder schedule released

The schedule for the Thunder 2018/19 season has been officially released.

  • A total of 27 nationally TV appearances for the Thunder.
  • No four games in a five nights stretch.
  • A total of 12 back-to-back games (all-time lows).
  • No 8 games in 12 nights for the first time ever.

Plan accordingly.

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Why Not? Tour, Shanghai

Westbrook having a blast after a successful tour in Shanghai, China.

Thank You Shanghai. #whynot #whynottour ‍♂️

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Saturday, August 11

Why Not? Tour, Beijing

Westbrook is now continuing his Why Not? tour in Beijing, China.

Westbrook full interview in China.

Westbrook sitting down with Coral Lu of ESPN China and talking about Paul George return, fashion inspiration, and more.

Know more here.

Dre still putting in some work!

Can’t wait to see Andre Roberson on the court this upcoming season!

He’s still staying active and putting in work during the offseason!

Devon Hall, Cairns Taipans.

53rd pick from the 2018 draft, Devon Hall will be signing a contract with the Cairns Taipans, a team from the NBL in Australia.

Know more here.

Layne Murdoch Sr. passes away.

Longtime Thunder/NBA photographer, Layne Murdoch Sr., passes away at the age of 60 after announcing on Instagram that he was diagnosed with cancer on July 9th, a day after his mom passes away because of the disease also.

Teams and players around the league including Andre Roberson, Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the New Orleans Pelicans took to

Instagram to pay their respects to Murdoch passing.