• Kevin Durant models new USA Basketball uniform

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Nike enlisted NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant and friends to model the new Team USA basketball uniforms. The unis are being marketed as the "brand’s lightest uniform in history," with inspiration coming from the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket of 1978. Other players featured by Nike in the new uniforms are former Thunder guard James Harden, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant watch will make for a long two years

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s contract expires soon, and the organization with which he’s been for what seems like forever is under siege. Every competitor wants Durant’s services, most notably an upstart in his youthful stomping grounds. We’re talking about Nike, of course, which has produced seven versions of Durant’s signature shoe, but Durant’s Swoosh contract runs out this week, and Maryland-based Under Armour plans to come after Durant with gusto. And you think the Thunder walks softly around Durant? Well, the answer is yes. The Thunder and everyone else from Balko to Broken Bow. Durant’s Thunder contract expires in summer 2016.

  • Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George play one-on-one at USA Basketball camp

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Former Thunder stars going at it in a game of one-on-one? Yes, please. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Paul George engaged in a game of "King of the Hill" after Wednesday's Team USA practice in Las Vegas. One man scores, he gets to stay on and another comes on. But if a player gets a defensive stop, he stays on and switches to offense. The game continues until a player gets five buckets. The result? Durant, Paul and Harden putting in serious work after practice. "It was intense," George said. "At the end of the day, we're all here to get better. No better guys to go against, for myself, to guard than KD and James. "James is quick, lower to the ground, and KD's got the length, so it's good offensively for me as well."

  • Former OSU guard Marcus Smart: 'I can finally take a breath'

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart says it feels weird that he's not going back to Stillwater this fall, but he's anxious to make his mark in the NBA very soon. He's also happy for the opportunity to be in Las Vegas this summer. The newest Boston Celtics guard is playing for Team USA Select, helping the USA Basketball team prepare for the FIBA World Cup, which starts in August. Smart talked about being able to reflect on the last year of his life. "I can finally take a breath," Smart told Mark Travis of Cowboys Ride for Free. "It feels good to be here. To be back here with the best players in the world, it's still unbelievable." In the piece, Smart talks about buying his mother a house in Flour Mound, Texas, his affinity for Stillwater and his hearing his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

  • The best high school basketball classes of the last 10 years

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    There's a tendency to place infusions of basketball talent in context by using the NBA draft, SB Nation reports. Before the 2014 draft in June, a common sentiment was that it was the strongest draft class the league had seen since 2003, when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all entered the league at the same time. There's a problem with that line of logic, though. NBA draft classes pull players who can be three grade levels apart in school. Andrew Wiggins was ready for the NBA sooner in his development as a player than Doug McDermott. If you really want to see what years have produced the best basketball talent, looking at high school classes is the most objective way to do it.

  • Kevin Durant Q&A: Focus on 'great fans in Oklahoma City'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat down with ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell in Las Vegas to talk about his impending free agency in 2016, if he’s keeping up with the Washington Wizards, and the constant talk on social media about his next destination. You can watch the interview here. Q: […]

  • Marcus Smart drawing rave reviews at Team USA camp

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Marcus Smart is going up against some of the best guards in the NBA at Team USA training camp this week and he's drawing plenty of praise over his first couple days of action. The former Oklahoma State guard is one of only two NBA rookies on the USA Select team which was picked to scrimmage and work out against Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA's established NBA talent. Now expected to contribute immediately as a rookie for the Boston Celtics, Smart is impressing in Las Vegas. On Sheridanhoops.com, former college coach Bobby Gonzalez, said "the future of the point position in the NBA is in good hands with Marcus Smart and Trey Burke."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant on free agency: 'I'm going to do what's best for me'

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In his most extensive public comments about his highly-anticipated free agency, Kevin Durant addressed rampant speculation that he will soon leave Oklahoma City for his native Washington. While insisting he’s focused on the present, Durant also refused to rule out anything in the future.

  • Kevin Durant on 2016: ‘Who knows what will happen’

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Kevin Durant told reporters at Team USA Basketball camp on Tuesday that he loves it in Oklahoma City, but doesn’t know what will happen when free agency hits in 2016. “I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant said. It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in […]

  • Steven Adams: 'If I'm a d---,' they'll think all New Zealand guys are

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    New Zealand native and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams takes being a role model seriously. Along with some of New Zealand's other famous athletes, Adams spoke to a group of elite young athetes in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday at the Powerade Breakthrough Academy. Adams isn't one to mince words, and wasn't shy about the responsibility he has to represent his home country. "For me once I go out there to America I'm pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven't met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I'm like a d---, then they're like New Zealand guys are d----," Adams said. "If you've just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they're fine with it. That's one of the key things." In his first season with the Thunder out of the University of Pittsburgh, Adams was a refreshing interview, candid and unfiltered (see his Thunder exit interview). "It's just who I am," said Adams, who's sitting out the Tall Blacks' World Cup campaign to concentrate on his NBA commitments. "I don't want to be like some drilled kinda media guy who says all the right things. I don't even know what the right things are. I just say whatever comes to my mind."

  • Charles Barkley makes generous offer to grieving families

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children who were killed during a carjacking, according to USA TODAY. Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15 and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were killed when a stolen SUV ran onto a sidewalk where they were standing.

  • Photo: James Harden made out of human hair

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    This happened. Someone went there. Former Thunder guard James Harden has had his face re-created in serveral mediums and styles by designer/illustrator Filip Peraic on jameshardenillustrated.com. The latest creation is (appropriately) a Harden portrait made entirely of hair. "For this portrait I had to enter the creep zone and ask barber for some hair leftovers," Peraic wrote on jameshardenillustrated.com.  

  • NBPA elects first female union chief of major North American sports league

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, becoming the first woman to head up a major sports union. At the close of a chaotic Monday filled with meetings, conference calls, presentations and an array of emotions, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to the ousted Billy Hunter, six more than she needed for election.

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday night that Griffin has a […]

  • Report: Blake Griffin has back fracture

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Last week, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA Basketball camp , saying he was doing so to devote his energy to preparing for the 2014-15 season. ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne is reporting that the former OU star also has a small fracture in his back. From ESPN: "Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out international competition this summer for precautionary reasons." With Griffin and Kevin Love both witdrawing from Team USA, the frontcourt depth is thin, particularly at power forward. Atlanta Hawks PF Paul Millsap was added to the roster on Monday.

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    By BRIAN MELLEY | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. “I can’t believe it’s over. I feel good,” she said. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grant Jerrett's outside shooting leads Thunder to lock him up long term

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    For the foreseeable future, Grant Jerrett can call himself an NBA player because of his rare and coveted ability, as a 6-foot-10 power forward, to accurately shoot the three.

  • Blake Griffin replaced by John Wall on US World Cup roster

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Wall will replace former OU star Blake Griffin on the roster. Griffin said Thursday that he was pulling out of the U.S.'s player pool for the FIBA World Cup. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kevin Love are among the players expected to report to training camp July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

  • Report: Lakers offer coaching job to Byron Scott

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott, according to league sources. Scott reportedly received an endorsement from Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996. Scott was made a verbal offer by owner Jim Buss on Thursday, according to ESPN. Scott was the coach of the Oklahoma City Hornets when the team was relocated to OKC following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.