Kevin Durant ranks fourth among NBA players in endorsement income, according to a report by Forbes.com.
Durant pulled in $14 million in endorsement dollars in 2013, according to the report. He trailed LeBron James ($42 million), Kobe Bryant ($34 million) and Derrick Rose ($21 million).
Dwyane Wade ($12 million), Carmelo Anthony ($9 million), Amar'e Stoudemire ($6.5 million), Dwight Howard ($6 million), Blake Griffin ($6 million) and Chris Paul ($4 million) rounded out the top 10.
The NBA's top 10 endorsers banked $155 million last year, according to the report. The NFL's top 10 endorsers ranked a distant second among the four major North American sports. They collectively earned $55 million from endorsements. Major League Baseball's 10 biggest endorsers earned less than $30 million off the field, and the NHL's top 10 made a combined $15 million in endorsements.
BROOKS ON SECOND ALL-STAR APPEARANCE
Thunder coach Scott Brooks coached the Western Conference All-Stars for the second time in three years Sunday. Which appearance did he like more?
“I liked the first one better,” Brooks said. “We won.”
Despite the loss, Brooks deemed it an honor to represent the West over the weekend.
“It's special,” he said. “I'm fortunate. It's a privilege to be in this league, as a player and as a coach. And I love the opportunity that our organization has given me.”
ROBERSON BACK TO TULSA
Rookie guard Andre Roberson was reassigned to the Tulsa 66ers on Tuesday.
Roberson has appeared in 22 games (four starts) with the Thunder this season, averaging 1.6 points and two rebounds in 7.5 minutes.
This is Roberson's seventh assignment to the 66ers this season.
In 14 games with Tulsa prior to Tuesday's against Sioux Falls, he had averaged 16.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.3 steal sand 1.2 blocks in 33.9 minutes.
Durant on whether he still needs teammate Russell Westbrook: “Yeah. He does a lot for our team. We're a better team when he's on the floor.”