OKC Thunder vs Melb United, Mon 8th Oct
A bit of banter going on with Russell Westbrook and former 36er Terrance Ferguson weighing in and OKC coach Billy Donovan expecting all of Westbrook, George & Melo to play tomorrow.
Speaking at Sunday's final practice, Westbrook had zero thoughts on what Melbourne could produce in their maiden foray on the NBA stage.
"I ain’t expecting shit," Westbrook laughed.
“But I’m with Stevo (Kiwi teammate Steven Adams), though. I’m team New Zealand over here, just so you know.”
Ferguson learnt plenty during his one-year stint in the NBL last season, including a strong knowledge of the league’s rivalries.
“I was at Adelaide, so we hated Melbourne,” Ferguson said, smiling.
“I absolutely hated Melbourne, so I just want to compete against them. It is definitely going to be huge for me and my boys back in Adelaide.”
“Probably tomorrow morning I’ll get with him and Carmelo and Paul to see where they are at physically.
“But the feeling going into tomorrow would yes to open up more minutes for them to play, maybe even some in the third quarter with all of those guys.
“And I still think it is important for some of the guys on the bench to get significant minutes as well.”