Cubs announce that David Ross and five other Tier 1 individuals are waiting for their results from Saturday’s COVID-19 tests and will not attend workouts this morning “out of an abundance of caution.” pic.twitter.com/Dj2r6qWWmK
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Lu Dort isn't guaranteed to keep his spot in the Thunder's starting lineup when the season resumes. oklahoman.com/article/566664…
Entering Orlando, the Thunder's emphasis has primarily been on one side of the ball.
But what will click first: Offense or defense?: theathletic.com/1923375/2020/0…
Shai says Chris Paul has helped him with so many things off the court, and he mentioned eating and taking care of his body.
We’ll need to investigate further to see if Shai is now plant based or if he’s still a meat man.
Shai says there is more excitement because of where the Thunder were at when the season was shut down.
He sounds excited to play again.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander says Darius Bazley is always the life of the party and one of his best friends on the team. pic.twitter.com/SFOsCnfMwU
Abdel Nader once played in a G League game with no fans so he hopes that’s a good sign for his play at Disney.
Abdel Nader grew his hair out: pic.twitter.com/iwoSLi2YZA
Donovan: “If Andre is available to play, we are gonna play him.”
Donovan says it’s unique to have practices being in late afternoon or evening.
Practices are usually in the morning back in OKC.
Gives the coaches more time in the morning to meet and go over film in Orlando.
Donovan on the young guys: “You can tell Ferguson, Bailey, Hami look stronger...
...and even Dort looks stronger if you can believe that.”
Donovan: “Andre is a veteran. He knows what needs to be done. We’ll see what unfolds with him physically.”
Billy Donovan: “everyone participated today.”
For those keeping score, that’s three straight days Andre Roberson has fully participated.
It was a non-contact day for the Thunder. Every player participated, per Billy Donovan.
You almost forgot this NBA star played for this team pic.twitter.com/2RoImhIsSk
Obligatory Anthony Rizzo update: nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/c…
Yu Davish said through a translator that he wanted to make sure his teammates were taking the virus seriously. If they weren't, "I was ready to go home."
Anthony Rizzo took live BP this morning, per David Ross. "He looked good today. No back issues." Even when he swung and missed on a couple changeups.
"I think the main thing we have to do is see how he reacts when he cools down, goes home," Ross said. Rizzo remains day-to-day.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander turns 22 today. 🎉
Patrick Beverley turns 32 today. 💩
It’s poetic the man most responsible for OKC not winning a title in their first decade and the man most responsible for OKC winning a title in their second decade are separated by exactly one decade.
Bro who that dude walking with Volkanovski 😂😂😂
My boy Prochazka swag 🔥🔥🔥
Story on the Thunder’s first 72 hours inside the bubble: oklahoman.com/article/566658…
I feel your pain Zhumagulav
Another Andre Roberson update. I imagine there will be several of these between now and Aug. 1. oklahoman.com/article/566658…
Watching Steven Adams on a zoom call is as entertaining as you’d think.
A little peek: he was very proud of his farmer’s tan, which he showed off, and he must have a splinter or a cut cause he kept messing with this hand: pic.twitter.com/RmmlyT1CIS
Steven Adams on Lu Dort: “I actually forgot that he wasn’t practicing with us. I was caught up in the hype of us just getting to practice.”
Steven Adams says he can play a few chords on his guitar to keep him entertained, but he can’t compose music.
Also mystery solved on what was in the plastic bags: he brought a couple batches of lasagna.
Steven Adams said he brought "a couple batches of lasagna" to Orlando.
Steven Adams on Dre being back: “He’s in good spirits. It’s good to see him chipper.”
Steven Adams says they’re gonna get in trouble more without crowd noise cause “the coaches will know when they blow coverages and stuff.”
Listening to Donovan speak about Dort starting or not...
...if Andre Roberson is back, then it’s very possible Dre gets his starting spot back.
Donovan says he’s not opposed to starting Lu Dort.
But mentioned Ferguson and Roberson were both out when Dort started.
He won’t commit to Dort still starting.
Which is mostly interesting because Roberson is possibly back...
Billy Donovan on if Andre Roberson will play: "I think we'll have to see."
Donovan said Roberson participated in practice again today.
Billy Donovan on Andre Roberson:
“I think we will have to see. But I’m encouraged by what’s he’s done the first two days.”
Dre went through everything both days.
Lu Dort on who will bring the energy without fans in the stands:
Dort says a normal day so far is: breakfast, alone time in the room, practice, then back to their rooms.
He’s got his PS4, an iPad for movies and a few books.
Lu Dort hasn’t practiced with the Thunder since somewhere around training camp.
Needless to say, practicing with the team he plays for might make him... better?
Bleacher Report ranked Shai higher than:
Donovan Mitchell (2020 All Star)
Ja Morant (2020 ROY)
Domantas Sabonis (2020 All Star)
Nikola Vucevic (2019 All Star)
Kristaps Porzingis (2018 All Star)
D’Angelo Russell (2019 All Star)
LaMarcus Aldridge (2019 All Star)
Bleacher Report released their Top 100 Players of 2019-20.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is #31.
Every player ranked above him is or was recently an All Star besides Zion & Jaylen Brown.
All Star SGA is coming soon.
Pop spent much of his 30-minute availability speaking eloquently about racial injustice, using his last answer to bring up reparations. pic.twitter.com/IAqZH1sMSr
Gregg Popovich (71 years old) on if he had any reservations in making the trip to the Orlando bubble, said he felt very assured after speaking with Adam Silver on the precautions: "I don't know where else you would be as safe as we are right now."
David Ross on Albert Almora running into the outfield wall last night: "That brick wall does not move at all."
He said after Almora re-entered the game and got the game-winning hit for the team in white, the blue team was complaining that he hit out of order.
They’re building overhead coverings extending from both dugouts. Add that to the list of ballpark adjustments this season. pic.twitter.com/YuhFQePlCM
Boban and Tobias Harris are like Turk and JD in real life pic.twitter.com/n9WB4Kztx0
Jon Lester on if the championship in 60-game season is devalued: "It’s not just like they’re handing them out at the end." ... "A trophy's a trophy. A rings's a ring."
Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness) is taking ground balls at first.
Six of the Thunder's seven assistant coaches made the trip to Orlando.
Blessings from above man! Always count them! Never take the smallest things for granted! Let alone anything! #allpraisethemosthigh 🙏🏽🙌🏽
Albert Almora hit the wall chasing a hit to center field. He was on the ground for a while, and a trainer ran out to check on him. But walked off the field without support.