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  • Kevin Durant tells Pelicans F Anthony Davis he's an 'MVP-caliber player'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    LAS VEGAS – On May 6, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant delivered one of the most memorable MVP speeches in sports history, an emotional 25-minute soliloquy that thanked countless people in Durant’s life for his success, on and off the court. As it turns out, Durant’s Thunder teammates weren’t the only NBA players who received a meaningful message that week. As reported by SLAM magazine in a recent profile of New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, when Davis texted congratulations to Durant on winning league MVP, Durant responded back to Davis that the 21-year-old is headed for the honor someday. “You on your way to get it,” read Durant’s text message back to Davis. Durant had high praise for Davis at the Team USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, saying the 6-foot-10 Davis is "next in line." "He's moving up the ladder every single day," Durant said of Davis. "It's scary. Scary."

  • 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."

  • LA swap: Lakers, not Clippers, suddenly have ownership problem

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling can sell the Los Angeles Clippers, presumably to Steve Ballmer, but no matter, whoever ends up owning the Clips will be a big improvement over Donald Sterling. Meanwhile, Jerry Buss is still dead. Which means the seismic shift of Los Angeles basketball continues. The Lakers once had one […]

  • Serge Ibaka Q&A: I'm not 100 percent back yet

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Serge Ibaka took time out after one of his summer workouts to answer some questions from Bleacher Report senior writer Jared Zwerling, talking about his calf injury, what the Thunder learned from losing to the Spurs (Ibaka called the Spurs' way "The perfect way to play," and working on his game this summer. ON HIS INJURY B/R: What was the hardest part during the recovery? SI: The hard part is it was the playoffs, and I had to sit down for almost 10 days and not do anything. You take 10 days off and then also you're not 100 percent yet. I was out of shape and I was only playing with really one leg when I returned, so it was tough. B/R: So how are you feeling now? SI: I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better. I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time. ON THE SPURS B/R: Regardless of the injury, what did you guys learn from losing to the Spurs? SI : When we played them, we learned that we still have room to grow. We have to defend first and then focus on offense. We need to make sacrifices on our team to beat them, 100 percent. We cannot give 80, 90 percent, or we'll go home. Ibaka goes on to talk about his offensive game ("I don't have any expectations, but I work on my offensive game just to be ready") and the misconceptions that the Thunder needs more low-post scoring ("In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook.") Ibaka has also been working out with Team Spain in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

  • 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 […]

  • WATCH: Top 10 Kevin Durant summer basketball highlights

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    TheMarsReel.com, in collaboration with Slam.com, put together this highlight reel of Kevin Durant's 10 baddest summer moments. Durant is a notorious summer pickup player, so it only makes sense that he'd have a bunch of good footage from the offseason to chose from. Slamonline.com has it's own section of its website devoted to Nike and Kevin Durant's #thebadd35t campaign.

  • Four Thunder games on NBA's 'Top Games of the Year' ballot

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    There's no way you can say the Oklahoma City Thunder had a boring season. The NBA confirms it in its nominees for the top games of the 2013-14 season. Four of the 10 nominees had the Thunder involved. Here are the Thunder-related games nominated. You can vote for the Game of the Year here : Nov. 29, 2013 - Thunder 113, Warriors 112 (OT) Russell Westbrook drilled a stunning, turnaround 3-pointer with :00.1 on the clock to give Oklahoma City a thrilling 113-112 win over Golden State in overtime. March 21 - Thunder 119, Raptors 118 (2OT) Kevin Durant carried the Thunder with an MVP-worthy performance, scoring 51 points including the game-winning 3-pointer in the double-overtime. May 13 - Thunder 105, Clippers 104 Western Conference semifinals, Game 5: Oklahoma City came roaring back from 13 points down in the last 3:30 for a thrilling one-point win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. May 31 - Spurs 112, Thunder 107 (OT) Western Conference finals, Game 6: The San Antonio Spurs got a huge game off the bench from Boris Diaw and withstood a furious Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder in overtime. Diaw led the Spurs with 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting.

  • Kevin Durant reflects on bittersweet season in NBA.com interview

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Bittersweet might be the best way to describe the 2013-14 season for Kevin Durant. Durant won his first MVP and fought through the absence of Russell Westbrook for much of the season to lead the Thunder to another deep playoff run. At the same time, the Thunder again fell short of an NBA title. In a sit down with Lang Whitaker, Durant shed light on his season and talks about everything from his latest shoe to why he couldn't watch the San Antonio Spurs celebrate their title. He also added some insight on his MVP acceptance speech. "I watched it once just to see the reactions of my teammates, see them crying," Durant said.

  • Kevin Durant makes list of best-dressed at ESPYs

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Kevin Durant raised some eyebrows when he showed up at the ESPYs sporting an emerald green tuxedo jacket. The bold fashion choice drew both positive and negative responses, but it turned out good enough to earn Durant a spot at No. 4 on a list of the top eight best-dressed athletes at the ESPYs. An excerpt of the review on Durant: "In the case (of) most athlete's fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket." In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf In the case most athlete’s fashion choices, they are more loud and obnoxious than not, but Durant earns respect for how he wore this jacket. - See more at: http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-8-best-dressed-athletes-espys/#sthash.M5xFSOeW.dpuf

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back from Big 12 Media Days, chatting OU, OSU and Thunder from H&H Shooting Sports. Get your questions in and Berry will be on at 11 with answers.

  • What would the Thunder look like if all Oklahoma City’s stars came home like LeBron James?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    An interesting exercise started when Elite Daily’s Joseph Millord presented a blog answering what every NBA team would look like if the stars from that NBA city went home like LeBron James. The premise is intriguing. What if Chicago natives played for the Bulls? Dallas natives for the Mavericks? Oklahoma City natives for the Thunder? […]

  • Kevin Durant asks for your basketball videos in Summer is Serious 2

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Kevin Durant could draft you to his squad. Or how about James Harden or Skylar Diggins? If your moves are good enough, you could participate in the "World's Biggest Pickup Game" in Barcelona this summer in the second edition of Nike's Summer is Serious tournament. Step 1. Film yourself Step 2. Put it online Step 3. Hashtag your video #summerisserious And Nike will find it. Here's the link: https://amp.twimg.com/v/0fe8416a-dc62-4c9e-96b9-73750b79f9ca

  • Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant share brunch

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The Baddest, meet the Bieber. Kevin Durant was photographed with pop star, Justin Bieber, which Biebs posted to his Instagram on Tuesday. Bieber is wearing a New Jersey Nets hat, while Durant keeps it neutral in his "The Baddest" Nike line. "Brunch @easymoneysniper" is all Bieber puts on his Instagram post (Note: @easymoneysniper is Durant's Instagram handle). Bieber has been photographed in everything from Miami Heat to Los Angeles Lakers gear, so his loyalties are from coast-to-coast. Now, Durant gets some of the Bieber love.

  • Thunder chat: Darnell Mayberry talks Kevin Durant-to-DC rumors, Grant Long and free agency

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry was on the Power Lunch chat, answering your questions on Kevin Durant in 2016 rumors, Grant Long and what skills Westbrook, Durant, Jackson and Ibaka need to add in the offseason. Here's the full transcript:

  • Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant will settle down in Washington D.C. area one day

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Let the Kevin Durant-to-D.C. speculation continue. It'll be a constant stream over the next two seasons as Durant approaches free agency in 2016. Last week on ESPN 980, former University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams said he'd be shocked if Durant doesn't live in the Washington D.C. area once his playing career is over. Williams said Durant is keeping an eye on what happened with LeBron James and his decision to go home to Cleveland. From Dan Steinburg's Blog via The Washington Post: “One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant’s watching that very close,” Williams said. “He’s seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area. He does. He’s back every summer. He plays at Montrose [Christian] against their high school kids sometimes; he’s out there taking charges. He just loves to play basketball. He’s been over at Maryland, he plays with the players over there. He just wants to play. And these are where his ties are. I know one thing, when his career’s over, I’d be shocked if he didn’t live in this area.” Williams goes on to say that the Wizards make progress while falling a step short in the East, that could simultaneously show that Durant is what's missing in Washington. Williams also couldn't leave out the recent hire of David Adkins, who was an assistant coach at Montrose Christian High School when Durant was there. It's another quote in a series of them that will connect Durant to D.C.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst Grant Long resigns from position

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Thunder television analyst Grant Long has resigned his position and will not return to Fox Sports Oklahoma for the 2014-15 season, the Thunder announced Monday. Long held the position alongside color commentator Brian Davis since the team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

  • Thunder-Sonics title tag: Designer says it won't happen; Thunder quiet; your votes

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Wednesday, there was a healthy discussion about whether or not the Thunder should recognize the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 title on its jersey for the 2014-15 season should the league’s proposed “gold mark” idea go through. The response fell somewhere between “rabidly opposed” to a simple “no.” And that was on both sides of the […]

  • Russell Westbrook debuts his Barneys New York clothing line

    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Russell Westbrook's XO Barneys New York line officially hit the rack on Thursday. It's very Westbrook. From Barneys: "NBA Star Russell Westbrook is known for his style on and off the court. Now, in collaboration with some of our most iconic menswear brands, he's making his formal entry into the fashion world with an XO exclusively ours capsule collection. The Westbrook XO line isn't just exclusive to clothes. There are hats, wallets, sunglasses, shoes and travel bags as well. Products range from $65 to $2,995.

  • Kevin Durant wins Male Athlete of the Year award at ESPYs

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The awards keep rolling in for Kevin Durant. The league's Most Valuable Player was named the Male Athlete of the Year at the ESPY Awards. Durant was also named the Best NBA Player at the event. Durant didn't forget to mention his "favorite teammate in the world" Russell Westbrook as well. Westbrook was named the Best Comeback Athlete at the ESPYs. Mixed Martial Arts fighter Ronda Rousey was named the Best Female Athlete.

  • Thunder guard Russell Westbrook wins Best Comeback Athlete award at ESPYs

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was named the Best Comeback Athlete of the year at the ESPY Awards, aired Wednesday night. Westbrook returned from three knee surgeries in less than a year to lead the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Westbrook became...