• Serge Ibaka makes SI.com's Top 25 NBA players

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    SI.com is counting down its Top 100 players in the NBA for 2015, and it looks like (as expected) the Thunder is going to have serious influence on the Top 25. Starting the final 25 is Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. From SI.com's Rob Mahoney: "Many of the flawed bigs in the NBA have interior offensive skill sets without the means to sufficiently protect the rim. Ibaka is the perfect complement and perhaps the only one this side of Anthony Davis able to give those players room to operate while still covering for their weaknesses." Other players of note that have been revealed in SI.com's list include former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson at No. 94. Kobe Bryant (54), Dwyane Wade (30), and Carmelo Anthony (15). Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be in the Top 10, which is to be released on Thursday. The question is where will they land?

  • PHOTOS: Kevin Durant shows off KD8 colorways on Instagram

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Kevin Durant seemingly introduces a new colorway of his KD8 shoes each week. On Wednesday, he revealed a series of photos which included custom looks at the KD8 to possible future colorways.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant talks about the inspiration behind his new KD8 colorway 'Hunt's Hill Night'

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Nike Basketball released a video on Tuesday of Kevin Durant talking about his latest KD8 colorway - the Hunt's Hill Night. Durant's newest version of the KD8 is inspired by the hours he spent training on Hunt's Hill as a youngster in Maryland. "Late nights at Hunt's Hill they were tough because I had to run up 25 times or 30 times," Durant says. "It was a rough neighborhood so you never knew who was gonna come through there." The KD8 Hunt's Hill Night is available Sept 2.

  • Rookie Survey: Kevin Durant is NBA rookies' favorite player for second consecutive year

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    At the annual NBA Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this month, 36 rookies were surveyed from the NBA's latest draft class, and many of them picked Kevin Durant as their favorite player. When asked "Who is your favorite player in the league?," 21.2 percent of the rookies polled picked Durant in this year's NBA Rookie Survey. Durant, selected as the rookies' favorite player for the second year in a row, beat out Kobe Bryant (18.2 percent) and LeBron James (15.2 percent). Thunder guard Russell Westbrook picked up some votes, but not enough to land in the Top 6 with Durant, Bryant, James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade and James Harden. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 21.2 percent 2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 18.2 percent 3. LeBron James, Cleveland, 15.2 percent Tie-4, Stephen Curry, Golden State, 9.1 percent; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 9.1 percent 6. James Harden, Houston, 6.1 percent According to NBA.com, the top three vote-getters finished in the same order in 2014. Other Thunder players appearing in the Rookie Survey are rookies Dakari Johnson and Cameron Payne. Johnson received votes for the question "which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?" Johnson was selected in the second round at No. 48 overall. Payne tied with Oklahoma State-killer Joseph Young in the "which rookie is the best playmaker" category, receiving 5.7 percent of the rookie vote. Payne also received votes for "which rookie is the funniest?" Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. D'Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers, 40 percent 2. Tyus Jones, Minnesota, 17.1 percent 3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver, 14.3 percent 4. Delon Wright, Toronto, 8.6 percent Tie-5. Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City ; Joseph Young, Indiana, 5.7 percent. Check out all the results here at NBA.com.

  • Kevin Durant had another bone break in his foot before third surgery

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The bone graft that Kevin Durant underwent in March was to address " persistent soreness " ... and another break. Durant went in for a third surgery on his right foot because "it had a crack in it," Durant told Bleacher Report . In Kevin Ding's piece, Durant goes into detail about the bone-graft procedure he went through, saying he "got like an extra layer of bone on the side of my foot that they put in there." "That's why it took longer to heal," Durant said. From Ding: "On the most basic point, Durant is cleared to play fully now on a 'healed' bone. But when doctors say it is 'healed,' it is healed enough that based on basic evidence it should not break again; the bone will continue to heal on some small level for more than a year." If the healing process is still ongoing, Ding makes the good point that Durant has to find a balance between what he's used to (going all out) and taking it easy in order to preserve his health for the long term. Keep in mind that Durant is entering the last year of his contract with the Thunder and is expected to be the jewel of the 2016 free agent class.

  • Why Kevin Durant's confidence is a good sign for Thunder

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Kevin Durant thinks he’s the best player in the world. That’s not good news. That’s great news. This week, KD has been in Vegas at Team USA minicamp. Didn’t play in the scrimmage Thursday night, but during practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, he did everything that everyone else did on that surgically repaired foot. And after the second of those workouts, he made a proclamation. “No disrespect to anyone else,” KD told CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill, “but I feel like I’m the best player in the world.” No disrespect to KD, but it’s hard to argue that LeBron James isn’t the best player on the planet right now.

  • James Harden officially signs with Adidas

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The Beard is now the face of The Three Stripes in basketball. Houston Rockets guard James Harden has left Nike to sign with Adidas. The former Thunder guard was reportedly offered $200 million over 13 years by Adidas following the expiration of his Nike deal. Creators Never Follow. @JHarden13 - #teamadidas 10.1.15 — adidas Basketball (@adidasHoops) August 13, 2015 Harden-Adidas partnership super official pic.twitter.com/NlWEouz5Fi — Zach Harper (@talkhoops) August 13, 2015 Reports emerged this week that Nike wouldn't match Adidas' offer for Harden, citing Nike's concerns about "sinking

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant (and friends) star in new Foot Locker commercial 'Eruption'

    Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Kevin Durant's latest commercial for Foot Locker shows the Thunder star's reaction to a playground basketball dunk, with images of Oklahoma City in the background (and a cameo from NBA Slam Dunk Champion Zach LaVine at 0:23). The commercial is a promotion for Durant's new Nike KD8 shoes and apparel. Check out the video above.

  • Full 2015-16 Thunder schedule released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The NBA released full 2015-16 schedules for all 30 teams on Wednesday, and the Thunder will be featured in 24 nationally-televised games on ESPN or TNT, in addition to 71 games on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Here's the Thunder's schedule in PDF format. Also, make sure to check out Anthony Slater's "Top 10 Most Intriging Thunder Games" of the 2015-16 season.

  • What Kevin Durant's USA Basketball return means

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    THUNDER UPDATE -- Kevin Durant was back in the spotlight on Tuesday with USA Basketball. What's to make of his practice session? Jenni Carlson and Anthony Slater discuss Durant and why Monty Williams is the perfect assistant for the Thunder this season.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Monty Williams participate in USA basketball camp

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The USA Basketball program tipped off its summer mini-camp in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon and NBA TV provided accompanying coverage that came with plenty of Thunder flavor. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both participated in the practice, with Durant's inclusion particularly important. KD has been ramping up activity in recent weeks and, though he won't participate in Thursday night's scrimmage, told assembled reporters afterward that "I'm feeling great. I'm 100 percent." The practice was relatively light, with little contact. But Durant seemed to move around unhindered on his surgically repaired right foot, navigating through skill drills and shooting stations, calling the feeling of being back

  • Big games show Thunder is still a marquee NBA team

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Thunder has the Spurs to start and the Bulls on Christmas Day. Jenni Carlson and Darnell Mayberry talk about what those games mean and how they'll affect the Thunder and its fan base.

  • Report: James Harden's $200 million Adidas bid won't be matched by Nike

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Adidas may have struck back with a major coup in the basketball shoe wars. Adidas offered James Harden a contract worth $200 million over 13 years, and Harden's former endorser - Nike -reportedly won't match, says TMZ. The former Thunder guard's Nike deal has expired, and it's time for the apparel giant to make a decision. From TMZ: "Nike had concerns about sinking that much dough into just ONE player, when it has several other superstars to sign." Thing is, Nike already handed over more money to ONE player last summer when Kevin Durant agreed to a reported 10-year deal worth between $265-285 million. Maybe Harden's payday came one year too late.

  • Kevin Durant's USA Basketball practice to air Tuesday on NBA TV

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Thunder star Kevin Durant's scheduled appearance at USA National Team practice this afternoon will air live on NBA TV as part of a special on the team. "NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball," a behind-the-scenes look at a USA Basketball Men’s National Team practice will air at 2 p.m. It will be Durant's first organized practice since a nagging foot injury sidelined him for the season.  Matt Winer will host the two-and-a-half hour special from Las Vegas with NBA TV analysts Steve Smith and Stu Jackson, both former members of USA Basketball, and reporter Jared Greenberg. Smith played on the Olympic gold medal winning team in 2000 and Jackson is a former USA Basketball head coach

  • Report: Kevin Durant to practice with Team USA this week

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    It looks like Kevin Durant will be back on the court with Team USA this week. USA Today's Sam Amick reports that Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation Sports, and his manager, Charlie Bell, said Durant plans to practice Tuesday and Wednesday at USA minicamp in Las Vegas. Durant is not expected to participate in the Blue vs. White scrimmage on Thursday, however, says Amick. Last week, Durant, along with teammate Russell Westbrook, was listed on the initial 34-man roster for the USA Men's Basketball minicamp. Initial reports said  Durant would attend the camp but not participate in on-court activities, since he was still recovering from foot surgery he underwent in March .

  • Kevin Durant 1-on-1: Thunder star explains why he swats campers' shots, growth of the KD Basketball ProCamp

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    KD CAMP -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry sat down with Kevin Durant to talk about the Thunder star's involvement with the KD ProCamp, and why he has a no-mercy approach to 1-on-1 with campers.

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on USA Men's National Team Minicamp roster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the 34 players on the roster for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp, which was announced on Thursday. The minicamp will take place Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas. Durant, who is still recovering from a foot surgery he underwent in March, will reportedly not participate in on-court drills. Both Durant and Westbrook were among several players who withdrew from USA Basketball before the FIBA World Cup last summer. The OKC star is still recovering from the foot surgery that ended his season, but he clearly wants to be part of program for '16 Olympics.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp again

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant is notoriously merciless when it comes to playing against kids at his camps. His harsh shot rejections are the stuff of legend. He was back at it Thursday morning at his KD ProCamp. @royceyoung Kevin Durants snapchat is hilarious. He's picking on kids at his camp this morning lol pic.twitter.com/MjOMALkCXo — Kyle Boone (@k_boonie) August 6, 2015 There's another day of camp tomorrow, which means more swats for the kids.

  • Report: Adidas offers James Harden $200 million contract

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    First it was Kevin Durant getting the big push from Under Armour. Now it's James Harden's turn. Harden has reportedly received a bid from Adidas worth $200 million over 13 years. Nike, whose deal with Harden has expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal. The former Thunder guard finished second in the NBA Most Valuable Player voting and earned first-team All-NBA honors. Nike was under similar circumstances with Durant in 2014 when Under Armour made a hard push to sign Durant after his Nike contract expired. Nike eventually re-signed Durant through 2024 for between $265-285 million.

  • Kevin Durant among Tiger Beat magazine investors

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Kevin Durant's ever expanding financial portfolio has now added a magazine. According to the New York Times, Durant is one of 17 investors who raised $2 million to buy Tiger Beat - a popular magazine which chronicles the lives of young pop culture stars and actors through photographs. Tiger Beat is reportedly looking to revamp its website in addition to plans for a music tour and radio channel. Included in the list of investors with Durant are television host/comedian Nick Cannon, New York Giants executive vice president/film producer Steve Tisch, and The Daily Mail. Durant's investments and endorsements are clearly paying off. The 26-year-old was one of the highest paid athletes in the world last year , raking in $54.1 million in endorsements and salary. More from NewsOK: Big time free agents aren't afraid to go small-market thanks to KD and Russ




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