Views from OKC: Harden is Back in Town and ESPN is Coming With

Nov 5, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) watches his team play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 5, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) watches his team play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Views from OKC, Thunderous Intentions daily roundup of the best Thunder stories across the web.

New to Views from OKC? Glad to have you here, and I hope you’ll make this a daily destination. Well, let’s get started!

Rockets roll into town for ESPN showdown

“Obviously, the big test tonight will be stopping Russell Westbrook. The leading MVP candidate is averaging a triple-double and has six straight, which coincide with the six straight Thunder wins. We can talk usage percentage and all that stuff until we’re blue in the face, but triple-doubles are impressive no matter how you slice them. And no one can question that Russ is an incredible and talented athlete.”

So this preview, courtesy of The Dream Shake from SB Nation, immediately begins with an excuse about scheduling. To me that sounds like Rockets fans think they are due for another loss tonight…The Thunder will be playing on three days rest, at home, with the MVP Russell Westbrook. Houston is a very good team, top six according to national ranks, but I still think OKC will pull this one out.

Want your voice heard? Join the Thunderous Intentions team!

A “new era” in Oklahoma City

“The team has built itself in Westbrook’s image — tough and relentless and often a little pissed off. Oladipo has emerged as a solid second scorer. Sabonis, Steven Adams, and Enes Kanter form one of the better big-man rotations in the league. They are 14–8, winners of six straight. This pace — both for the team and for Westbrook himself — feels impossible. But watching them try to maintain it has become one of the best stories in the NBA.”

IDK, maybe getting sick made me a bitter person. But wow this piece left a bad taste in my mouth. The headline talks of a new era in OKC, yet focuses 2/3 of its content on Durant’s tenure in the City (like we haven’t heard that 1,000,000 time). It even talks about the 1995 bombing. Jordan Ritter Coon-who is a fantastic writer-waits until the last few paragraphs to even discuss the new age of Thunder basketball. But that’s what the headline was, that’s what I wanted to read. Not about [REDACTED].

Thunder talking medical marijuana

“On Wednesday, Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked about Kerr’s comments, and though he said he knew “what Steve was going through” and that he was “in a lot of pain,” Donovan stopped short of the kind of endorsement Kerr made for medicinal marijuana.”

I found it interesting that Thunder Public Relations allowed these questions to even be asked. Usually they try to stay away from headlines, but reporters asked the right guys these questions: Billy Donovan and Steven Adams. Donovan continues to prove why he is one of the smartest humans in sports while Adams…well he was your typical Big Kiwi. Check it out for yourself though.

This article originally appeared on