Thunder forward Kevin Durant will be featured on an upcoming episode of CBS' “60 Minutes.”
Sportscaster James Brown traveled to Oklahoma City with a camera crew this week to conduct sit-down interviews with Durant and, Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook and Thunder coach Scott Brooks. The crew is scheduled to return on Nov. 18 and 19 to interview other Thunder employees.
The piece is scheduled to air in early December.
According to a team spokesman, the program is putting together a feature about Durant's personality on and off the court.
WESTBROOK DOING ‘FINE' AFTER FIRST GAME
After making his season debut Sunday and going through an additional two days of practice, Westbrook's surgically repaired right knee was said to be doing just fine Tuesday.
The All-Star point guard, according to Brooks, hasn't experienced any pain, swelling or discomfort.
“He's fine,” Brooks said. “He's still obviously doing all the correctives that we have Russell and all of our guys do. But he's feeling good. He had a good practice (Tuesday). We didn't do a whole lot, but we did enough where our guys had to break a sweat. But I think he's doing fine.”
MARTIN DELIVERS POSSIBLE SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE
Following a 30-point performance in a nine-point win at New York, former Thunder guard Kevin Martin made a statement that could be perceived as a shot at Oklahoma City's players.
“This is such a fun team to play on,” said Martin, who now plays for Minnesota. “Nobody is trying to lead the league in scoring here. Everybody has the big picture of getting to the playoffs.”
Most assumed Martin's postgame comments were directed at Durant, who led the league in scoring three straight years before narrowly losing the scoring title to Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony last season. The comments just as easily could have been aimed at shoot-first Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, or no one at all.
Martin played just one season with the Thunder after coming over from Houston in the James Harden trade. He averaged 14 points, his lowest output since his second season, while playing 77 games. Through four games with the Wolves, Martin is averaging 21.3 points.
PEARL JAM MAD AT THUNDER
Eddie Vedder, the lead singer for the band Pearl Jam, insulted the Thunder during a recent show in Charlotte, N.C.
While explaining why the band hasn't appeared in Charlotte in a decade, Vedder went into an expletive-laced monologue that centered on the Thunder being relocated from his hometown of Seattle.
“To be honest, we might have been a bit upset because you have a basketball team and we don't,” Vedder said. “But we shouldn't be upset with you. It's those (expletives) in Oklahoma City, that's who we really should be upset with. Did I say (expletives)? I meant to say Thunders. Thunder (expletives).”
Pearl Jam is scheduled to play Chesapeake Energy Arena on Nov. 16.
THUNDER TO HOST FOOD DRIVE
The Thunder is taking part in the governor's “Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive,” and fans attending Wednesday's game against Dallas are encouraged to drop off donations before the game.
The donation drive will kick off the team's annual Holiday Assist initiative.
Fans can donate nonperishable food items such as canned goods, peanut butter and pasta before the game to either of two tents on Reno Ave. between the northwest and northeast entrances of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Volunteers will begin collecting items at 6:30 p.m. during the Thunder Alley pregame festivities. Any fan who donates to the drive can enter a raffle to win Thunder prizes. The donation will conclude when the game tips off at 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek on Westbrook: “It doesn't look like he lost any quickness. There was a couple times that he outran all of our guys. He sprinted up court and had that explosive spring that he's always had. He's one of the few guys in the league who can get from the top of the key to the basket in basically what looks like one step. He hurt us.”