Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors
Thunder general manager Sam Presti and his staff have added a familiar player to the team’s training camp roster according to a report from Real GM’s Shams Charania. 6-9 power forward Talib Zanna, who played for the D-League’s Oklahoma City Blue last season has been signed to his second straight Thunder training camp deal. Zanna went undrafted out of Pittsburgh in 2014 and was a teammate of Thunder center Steven Adams the year before with the Panthers.
Boe said Leonsis expects to make a selection next month, which could mean the facility would be under construction by the next summer, when NBA teams go to the free agent market looking for talent. Among the players that might be available is four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, a native of Seat Pleasant — seven miles from St. Elizabeths — whom the Wizards are hotly pursuing. “It’s a huge recruiting tool for free agents. This is where the players go to to work every day,” Boe said.
Students at Motueka High School had their hopes dashed when NBA star Steven Adams failed to show for a planned visit. The students had been getting ready for the visit for weeks and were “very, very disappointed” to find out Adams wouldn’t be arriving on Friday morning, just over an hour before he was due, Year 13 dean Brian Jones said. He said Adams was only due to be at the school for half an hour and, with all the seniors on exam leave, all the juniors had filled up the gymnasium to see him.
But Adams’ mentor Kenny McFadden said neither he nor Adams knew the school was holding a special assembly for the visit, and they hadn’t signed up for any official school visits throughout Adams’ time in New Zealand. Adams arrived in Nelson on Wednesday with McFadden, coaches from Wellington and representatives from the Oklahoma City Thunder, for the New Zealand Basketball Association camp held at Saxton Stadium on Thursday. Adams visited Nelson College’s basketball teams for a training session on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is getting a ring even before the NBA season begins — he’s marrying his longtime GF this weekend in a pretty baller setting. TMZ Sports has learned … Russell and Nina Earl will walk down the aisle in Beverly Hills on Saturday — just about a year after they started planning. As we reported, they announced their engagement last September … when Nina posted a pic of her $700k ring!
Being tall has made Enes Kanter a lot of money — this summer, the 6-foot-11 center signed a four-year, $70 million offer sheet with the Blazers that the Thunder ultimately matched. Even in the NBA, Kanter isn’t usually dwarfed. Which makes this photo he took with the world’s tallest man, 8-foot-3 fellow Turkish native Sultan Kosem, incredible: