Jarred Weeks motivated to dunk on OKC Thunder center Steven Adams

OKC Thunder5: Steven Adams #12 (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder in the news for August 25 features Steven Adams drawing excitement from his native Breaker team, and Sam Presti set up to strike lightning twice.

Steven Adams inspiring his fellow Kiwi ballers:

Writer Christopher Reive of the New Zealand Herald offers up some inspiration for Steven Adams in the upcoming preseason match versus his native New Zealand opponent. The NZ Breakers will play a match versus the OKC Thunder in an October 11th match in Oklahoma.

Reive notes Jarrad Weeks is more than a little excited to get the chance to face his fellow Kiwi. The guard stated he hopes to dunk on Adams. Weeks told Reive:

"“I’ll give it a red hot crack if I get the chance, but I’m not really sure how that would turn out,”"

But then cooler heads prevailed and the New Zealand guard said it’s likely not possible:

"“I don’t think it’s possible to dunk on Steven Adams.”"

This match is one of two games the Breakers will play in America with the other contest coming against the Memphis Grizzlies on October 9.

Notably, RJ Hampton follows in Darius Bazley‘s footsteps by electing not to enter College and play NCAA games. Hampton isn’t interning at a sneaker company, rather he’s playing in the ANBL for the Breakers. OKC Thunder wing Terrance Ferguson also opted to take that route instead of playing College ball.

Can Sam Presti strike lightning twice:

Our Thunderous Intentions article reviewed all the draft picks General Manager Sam Presti managed to accumulate. Over a six day period in this summer’s free agency, Presti pulled off an inconceivable haul which sets the team up for the next six or seven draft seasons.

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Considering Presti accomplished this in such a short period is impressive, but more telling is how he was able to keep the Paul George trade request under wraps. TI goes through each of the draft picks coming between 2020 and 2026.

"With the franchises own picks in hand and assuming the picks obtained via these trades fall within the parameters expected Sam Presti and the Thunder are set up to have two first-round picks in most of the next seven seasons (2020 through 2026)."

In each year we look at how likely the picks are to convey given the protections. Additionally, we look at whether the OKC Thunder will retain their own picks since they also have protections which could mean the team loses first-round picks or conveys multiple second-round picks in later seasons.

Since the lottery haul which witnessed three eventual MVPs land in OKC, Presti has only made two selections within the 1-14 lottery picks. The hope is he can strike lightning twice in these next seven years.

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That wraps up OKC Thunder in the news for Sunday, October 25. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be sure to check back with Thunderous Intentions daily as we feature and highlight your favorite team and players.