Durant films Nike commercialKevin Durant will be featured in a Nike commercial set to begin airing in mid-December. In more of an interview type of set-up, Durant is seen dribbling a basketball while answering personal questions about his family, his favorite moments growing up, when he knew he loved the game of basketball and what he typically does before a game. "It’s something different,” Durant said. "It’s not scripted at all. Hopefully, it comes out pretty nice, and I hope everybody likes it.” Durant, who filmed the commercial during a preseason road trip in late October, has already been featured in an EA Sports commercial with Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas and an NBA commercial.
WILCOX OUT WITH KNEE INJURYChris Wilcox did not travel to Indiana with the team after spraining his right knee late in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against Atlanta. Wilcox underwent further examinations in Oklahoma City on Monday, and the injury has been diagnosed as a patella subluxation. Wilcox is listed as day-to-day. "I think it all depends on how well the rehab goes,” said coach P.J. Carlesimo of Wilcox’s timetable for a return. "It’s going to be a pain thing. I think he’s got a lot of pain (in his leg), so it’s going to be (how he feels).”
SWIFT GETS THE CALLCarlesimo said Wilcox’s minutes will go to center Robert Swift, who made his regular-season debut Sunday night against Atlanta. "I thought he did a very good job (against Atlanta),” Carlesimo said. "I thought he was active inside. I thought he was a defensive presence and a rebounding presence. So short term right now, Robert’s definitely going to get an opportunity. But he’s not just playing for Weezy’s minutes, he’s playing for some other guys’ minutes, too, if he continues to play well.”
COLLISON DISSATISFIED WITH PLAYNick Collison said Monday he has been disappointed in his early performance. After averaging career-highs of 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds last season, Collison entered Monday’s game averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 40.6 percent. He played a season-low 19 minutes Sunday against Atlanta. "I haven’t been as aggressive as I would like to be,” Collison said. "I try to not dwell on it but just come out and look for my opportunities to try to score. But I need to be just as effective defensively and rebounding. I’ve done OK, but I know I can play better.”
THUNDER IN THE COMMUNITYJoe Smith and D.J. White will read to students at Buchanan Elementary School at 2:45 p.m. today as part of the NBA’s Read to Achieve program. Both players will host a question and answer session and discuss the importance of reading. The event is closed to the public. BY DARNELL MAYBERRY