KD jumpstarts Kind and Strong initiative
Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been firing off a series of tweets the past few days with the hashtag of #StrongandKind.
Turns out, it's part of Durant's partnership with KIND health snacks.
Durant is working to get 1 million people to sign a petition on StrongandKind.com to follow five guidelines in promoting “the best way to show strength is to show kindness.”
In return, KIND is donating $1 million to the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation to create specialized education and after-school programs for at-risk students.
“It’s a company that it’s definitely about what the name is,” Durant said Thursday. “It’s about showing people what being kind is, so it was almost a no-brainer to partner up with them. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Durant scored 25 (or more) points for the 30th consecutive game on Thursday night. It's the longest streak of his career and the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan's 40 straight back in 1986-87.
BUTLER CELEBRATES 34TH BIRTHDAY
Add another year of veteran leadership to Caron Butler’s résumé.
The Thunder’s newest member celebrated his 34th birthday on Thursday night. Behind Derek Fisher (39), Butler is the second oldest on the team.
“This is a really special birthday, being here in a new city and getting acclimated to everything,” Butler said. “I’m lucky to be around such a great group, from the top of the organization on down. They’ve made me feel very comfortable every step of the way.”
IBAKA AND SEFOLOSHA JOIN INITIATIVE
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.
THUNDER PARTNERS WITH TEEMCO
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