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Loud Links and Thunder News for week of August 18: Melo says goodbye, Adams tees off, Why Not? tour continues

What is up with the Thunder this week?

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Sunday, August 12

Russ, Beijing

A gallery and moments of Russell Westbrook during his Why Not? Tour which is taking place in Beijing, China.

‍♂️. #whynottour #whynot

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Hami’s first look in a Thunder jersey

45th pick, Hamidou Diallo, first look in a Thunder jersey for the Panini Instant NBA card.

You can purchase the Instant card here.

T-Ferg getting engaged and being a father

Terrance Ferguson announced on Twitter the news of him and his girlfriend are getting engaged and a child is possibly on the way.

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Monday, August 13

Thunder signed Tyler Davis to a two-way

Texas A&M v Michigan Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Tyler Davis an undrafted 6’10” big out of Texas A&M. Davis averaged 14.9 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1.4 BPG, and 59 FG% last season during his Junior year there.

Davis is a tough, physical player that is good at scoring in the paint, rebounding, and also have stretch-big potential, but he struggles on defense against quicker and more athletic players, and he would also need to improve on his conditioning.

Davis’ career highlights and awards so far include First-team All-SEC (2018), Second-team All-SEC (2017), SEC All-Freshman team (2016), Jordan Brand Classic (2015), and Texas Mr. Basketball (2015). He also represent for the Puerto Rican national team at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.

Russ in Japan!

Westbrook landing in Tokyo, Japan to continue his Why Not? Tour in Asia.

Hamidou Diallo talks about getting his first card and playing for the Thunder this upcoming season

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Tuesday, August 13

Why Not? Tour, Tokyo, Japan

Moments of Westbrook in Tokyo, Japan for Why Not? tour.

Russ on his Tokyo visit and more

Ed Odeven of The Japan Times sent me his article talking about Westbrook time in Tokyo, Japan, how excited he is for this upcoming season, and more.

Read the article here.

Melo ‘Thank You’ letter to OKC.

Carmelo Anthony writing a ‘Thank You’ letter to the Thunder organization and the fans of OKC after one season with them.

Know more here.

T-Ferg Anthem!

Darko Rajokivić, NBA Basketball Without Borders

Thunder assistant coach, Darko Rajaković, who is a Serbian native will be participating with other NBA and WNBA coaches and former players who will help coach the top high school age campers at the ‘2018 NBA Basketball Without Borders’ that will be taking place in Belgrade, Serbia from August 15-18 and will be the “17th edition of the Basketball Without Borders Europe.”

Steven Adams, New Zealand Rich List

Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz - Game Three Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

According to the National Business Review (NBR), Steven Adams will be joining 2018 New Zealand Rich List for the first time ever, alongside notable names including former New Zealand Prime Minister, Sir John Key, American entrepreneur with a New Zealand citizenship, Peter Thiel, and New Zealand film director, Sir Peter Jackson.

Adams, who now boasts a net worth of $50M, will be at the bottom of the list, but he is the only New Zealand athlete to make the cut.

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Wednesday, August 15

Russ 2k19 rating

Westbrook’s NBA 2k19 rating will be a 93 OVR according to Jack Butland, an English Pro-Soccer (Football) goalkeeper, already confirmed by 2k Sports.

Russell Westbrook’s NBA 2k ratings over the years:

  • 2k9: 84 OVR
  • 2k10: 77 OVR
  • 2k11: 81 OVR
  • 2k12: 88 OVR
  • 2k13: 93 OVR
  • 2k14: 91 OVR
  • 2k15: 94 OVR
  • 2k16: 95 OVR
  • 2k17: 93 OVR
  • 2k18: 94 OVR
  • 2k19 93 OVR

What do you think about his 2k rating?

In my opinion, I think it seems about right because he did still have some holes in his game that he can improve this upcoming season, since this is not a permanent rating and can change during the season, but a guy that averaged another triple-double season should at least get a 94 OVR like last year.

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Why Not? Tour Asia completed

Westbrook completed his successful Why Not? Tour after visiting cities in Asia like Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo.

T-Ferg working out!

Ferguson has been working out this past offseason and he’s showing no signs of stopping.

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Why Not? Tour: Tokyo

Moments of Westbrook at his tour taking place in Tokyo.

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Thursday, August 16

Steven Adams, Auckland Camp

Adams enjoying the kids at his basketball camp in Auckland, New Zealand.

Thank you Auckland

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Diallo and Felton spotted at NBA Run

Hamidou Diallo and Raymond Felton running with NBA players and rookies like former Thunder, Carmelo Anthony, and Enes Kanter.

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Friday, August 17

Why Not?? Comedy Show

Westbrook, Comedian Juice, and Layups2StandUp will be back with their 3rd annual comedy show, which will be taking place at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on October 26, 8 PM CT.

The show will be benefitting Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Get tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Mtaatp

Steven Adams, Charity Golf Tournament

Adams is hosting his Charity Golf Tournament that is taking place at Windross Farm in New Zealand.

Know more here.

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Saturday, August 18

Thunder Team Day!

New Zealand’s first Steven Adams outdoor basketball court

Schröder win 3x3 German Basketball Tournament.

According to the Welt and later translated by HoopsHype, Dennis Schröder won a 3x3 German Basketball Tournament Title that was taking place at Spielbudenplatz in Hamburg, Germany.

“That’s the basketball that I grew up with,” said Schröder, who was already German champion in 2016. “I still like to play during the summer, because here you can try out new moves that you would not do in the arena. I would like to be here again for the next German championship.”