OKC Thunder notebook: Visiting Muhammad Ali topped Kevin Durant's road trip

A mutual friend arranged the meeting, and Durant visited with Ali and his family at the world champ’s Phoenix home.
By Darnell Mayberry Published: March 9, 2014
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But his Thunder teammates are planning on saying not so fast.

“He’s talked about retiring, and our players, I don’t know if they’ve talked to him yet, but I’ve heard they’re planning on talking to him,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “But Fisher still could play a few more years if he wants to play.”

Durant said Fisher might not be the right person to go to.

“I think we got to talk to his wife and his kids,” said Durant, laughing. “I don’t think we can talk to him. I’m sure he wants to play. But I’m going to have to talk to his wife and his kids and see if we can squeeze another seven months out of him. I’ll wait until we’re done. I’ll let him enjoy these last few months. But after that, I’m going to do some negotiating.”

TIP-INS

The Lakers were without Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Steve Nash due to injuries. ... Russell Westbrook was called for his seventh technical foul Sunday for arguing a call. … Durant missed four free throws against the Lakers, including a technical foul shot. He was 7-for-11 from the foul line. … Serge Ibaka scored 21 points with a game-high 15 rebounds. … The Thunder out-rebounded the Lakers, 59-36. … Both teams held 18-point leads at various points. OKC was whistled for 14 more fouls than the Lakers.