OKC Thunder notebook: NBA likely to return to 2-2-1-1-1 Finals format

by Anthony Slater Published: September 29, 2013
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant answers a question during a press conference for Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant answers a question during a press conference for Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Saturday, June 16, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The Thunder has done this with second-rounders in the past: DeVon Hardin in 2008, Robert Vaden in 2009 and Latavious Williams in 2010. But if Jerrett were to join the Thunder at some point in the future, he would need to sign a deal with the team before playing.

Vaden was the only of the aforementioned three to eventually join the Thunder.

REPORT: DURANT AND GATORADE TO PART WAYS

Kevin Durant's endorsement contract with Gatorade is up this week and will not be renewed, according to ESPN business analyst Darren Rovell.

Gatorade would not comment further on the decision, Rovell reported via Twitter.

This marks the first notable business move from Durant since aligning with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports this past June.

Forbes recently ranked Durant as the 17th-highest paid athlete in the world, bringing in more than $14 million per year in endorsements. He has deals with Nike, Sprint and 2K Sports, among others.

QUOTABLES

Kendrick Perkins on the defense: “With the players that we got and the length and athleticism on our team, we should be (No.) 1 or (No.) 2 in defense every year. We're shooting for No. 1.”

Reggie Jackson on how Durant has looked in the early practices: “KD is KD. Best scorer in the league by far. He makes it look so easy. It doesn't even make sense. Really I don't think anyone can guard him, you just try to do your best. Try to be a pest on him and hope you stop him.”

Kendrick Perkins on how the veterans have been setting the tone: “We do a great job of coming in, I know KD and Russ come in, practice start at 10 and they get in at 7:40 … I don't (laughs). I get in at 8:40. (But) I still get in an hour and half early.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com'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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