Two new teammates for the Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to take the NBA by storm, and they aren’t waiting to get to know each other. Russell Westbrook and Paul George have reportedly been seen working out together in Los Angeles, according to ESPN and other sources.
While the Thunder were able to make the playoffs in their first season without Kevin Durant, chemistry will be a big part of how well they do this next season. No one will fill the hole that Durant left — momentarily anyway — but a Westbrook to George combination is one that fans should pay close attention to.
There wasn’t much in terms of expectations prior to last season, yet Oklahoma City was still able to secure the No. 6 seed in the West. With the addition of George, the Thunder suddenly have the ability to have a solid 1-2 punch once again. And if George decides to stick around, an NBA championship is a real possibility.
But the communication between the two superstars didn’t just start; it happened the day that George found out he was traded to the Thunder.
“We’ve had a lot of time to talk. Right after the trade I called him that night and we kind of talked and went over the excitement of playing alongside one another. Yesterday we got a good time, we had a lot of time to talk.
“It wasn’t even about basketball. Just vibing together and getting to know one another and, I think, creating a friendship there,” via Sporting News.
And as Westbrook and George continue to build a bond in the offseason, there is plenty that each have to offer the other. But George knows how simple it will be for him to slide next to the NBA MVP from last season, according to the Sporting News report.
“For myself, just running the floor, creating space for him to operate. He’s so hard to stay in front of, he’s going to attract double teams night in and night out, almost every possession.
“So I think for myself it will be easy to space the floor and be a knock-down shooter for him. And I think the opposite. I demand double teams and [I am] a guy teams scout for and try to prep for.
More workouts will come for the Thunder as they continue their preparation for the 2017-18 season, and Thunder fans should become more excited as the season inches its way closer to the next chapter for the franchise.