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OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant jump starts the Kind and Strong initiative

Durant is working to get 1 million people to sign a petition on to follow five guidelines in promoting “the best way to show strength is to show kindness.”
by Anthony Slater Modified: March 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014


During TNT’s coverage on Thursday night, which featured the Thunder-Lakers game, NBA cares announced a new campaign, pleading for reduction on the demand for ivory and rhino horn.

And Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha were among those players speaking out for the initiative, hoping to bring light to the fight to stop poachers from driving elephants and rhinos to extinction.

The Lakers’ Pau Gasol, the Hawks’ Al Horford, the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler and the Bulls’ Joakim Noah were the other four included in the commercial.


On Thursday, the Thunder announced a new business partnership, this one with TEEMCO, an Oklahoma City-based environmental engineering firm.

It includes naming right to the TEEMCO Commons hospitality space on the club levels of Chesapeake Energy Arena.

“The recently renovated TEEMCO Commons features a dynamic central bar, upscale bar seating and fresh food options for fans on the Cox Club Level,” the Thunder announced in a press release.

It is open to more than 3,000 guests on game nights.


The Thunder ends its three-game homestand with an interesting matchup on Sunday, facing the surprising Dallas Mavericks. Expected to be somewhat down this season, the Mavericks have held strong in a loaded West, currently in the conference’s eighth slot with a 39-27 record. Tip time is 6 p.m.

By Anthony Slater

and Erik Horne

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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