Ferguson sponsors shopping spree for family of 10
Genevive Miller, 3, pulled a box of Hamburger Helper off the bottom shelf.
“You like that?” said Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, who towered above her wearing a blue Santa hat and Holiday Assist T-shirt.
“Let her fill that up,” he said, pushing one of four shopping carts he and the Miller family filled Saturday afternoon.
It was the second of four such grocery shopping sprees the Thunder has scheduled for this season.
The organization pairs up one family and one player for each. After becoming a father a week and a half ago, Ferguson sponsored a family with eight children, ranging from 16 years to four months old, to go on a massive Homeland shopping trip.
“As soon as I came in and I saw the little baby it just brought back my little girl inside my head,” Ferguson said. “It’s always a good thing to give back, and I want my daughter to grow up seeing me do this and hopefully she has the opportunity to do the same thing when she grows up.”
Big men can assist too
When listing the Thunder’s facilitators, Steven Adams’ name won’t pop up first. Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Dennis Schroder naturally come to mind before the OKC center.
And yet Adams recorded three assists in a 124-109 win over the Hawks on Friday, logging at least that total for the third time in the Thunder’s past eight games.
The Thunder doesn’t set goals for the number of times they get a player the ball or types of shots the team takes, coach Billy Donovan said Friday before the game. He thinks that hamstrings players’ ability to read the game. But the Thunder does track the number of times it touches the paint.
“That’s important because when you get to the paint, a lot of good things happen,” Donovan said. “You get fouled, you get to the rim for easier shots, you get offensive rebounds, you can kick out 3s.”
That goes for players such as Westbrook, George and Schroder as they’re driving to the basket. But it also applies to Adams.
In the second quarter of Friday’s game, Adams called for the ball as he stepped past the free-throw line. Instead of taking a dribble and finishing at the rim, he immediately turned and tossed a pass to George on the perimeter. The small forward had just drained back-to-back 3-point attempts, and off Adams’ assist, he splashed his third in less than three minutes.
Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson holds a goat display for soap as he shops with the Miller family on Saturday as part of the Holiday Assist program at Homeland in Oklahoma City.