Thunder forward Kevin Durant continues to fight a lawsuit claiming he stole the nickname “Durantula” from 1980s musician Mark Durante.
On June 20, TMZ reported Durant was sued in federal court by Durante, who used to play with The Aliens, The Next Big Thing and other groups.
At that time, Durant representatives said he wasn't using “Durantula” and it was media and fans who gave him the nickname.
Durant claims he has never used the name to sell merchandise, no one has ever confused him with Durante and the lawsuit should be tossed. Durant also wants Durante to cover his legal fees.
Durant has refused to answer questions about the lawsuit because it is an ongoing legal matter.
Durante claims Nike has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign and Durant himself signed “Durantula” on basketballs that are for sale through his website.
The guitarist says he registered the “Durantula” trademark and is suing for damages and an injunction that stops Durant from using the name.
ON THE REBOUND
Thunder coach Scott Brooks on several occasions made reference to his team struggling with offensive rebounds, but in Saturday night's 116-109 overtime victory at Philadelphia, the Thunder had a season-high 18 offensive rebounds.
Serge Ibaka led the way with eight offensive rebounds against the Sixers and did not grab his first defensive rebound until overtime. Three of Nick Collison's five rebounds were at the offensive end. OKC ranks 26th in offensive rebounding at 9.1.
“It really was kind of a strange stat line for Serge … but it was good,” Brooks said. “I (think we) jinxed ourselves on the opposite way. We got rebounds offensively. That was nice. We needed every bit of them and Serge was huge.”
The Thunder's charter flight got back from Philadelphia at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and the team was given the day off in preparation for Monday's 7 p.m. game against Charlotte at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “We'll be fine,” Brooks said. “We'll come back Monday with good energy.” … Indiana's Roy Hibbert has tied Ibaka for the NBA lead in blocked shots with 43 (3.07 per game). Ibaka's streak of 43 straight regular-season games with at least one blocked shot ended Saturday. … OKC once again is dominating the free-throw line, leading the NBA is shooting percentage (.845) and makes (23.8), both considerably ahead of the nearest challengers. Only the Los Angeles Lakers have more attempts (30.9-28.1), but are shooting just .681.
BY JOHN ROHDE