“There's no more veterans now,” said Westbrook, alluding to the departures of Derek Fisher, Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey. “We've become the guys that's been here the longest. We set the bar on how things are set around here, how things are done around here. And that's what we want everybody to follow.”
WESTBROOK TO SIGN SNEAKER DEAL SOON
Westbrook wore a pair of Jordan shoes in practice Thursday, which only added to the speculation of which sneaker company he will endorse after his contract with Nike expired.
Oklahoma City's star guard also wore a pair of Thunder-colored Jordans to the team's media day Monday. Miami guard Dwyane Wade recently left the Jordan Brand, which could create room for Westbrook to step in as one of the line's signature athletes. Westbrook wearing the shoes this week could simply be a fashion statement or a sign of where he's headed.
Westbrook wouldn't say Thursday, but he did confirm that he is no longer with Nike and put to rest rumors that he's endorsing Adidas. Westbrook did say that he expects to have a new shoe deal in place before the start of the regular season.
DURANT APPEARANCE FRIDAY
Durant is scheduled to appear at Game Stop at Penn Square Mall from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Friday. He'll be signing copies of NBA 2K13, the cover of which he appears on alongside Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose. Only copies of the game that are purchased at Game Stop will be signed, and proof of purchase is required at signing. Only one autograph will be allowed per customer.
To gain entrance into the autograph session, fans must have a ticket. Only 100 tickets will be given out starting at 10 a.m. at the mall entrance near Catina Laredo. The line will begin forming at 7:30 a.m.
Ticket holders will be allowed to line up for the 7 p.m. autograph session at 6 p.m. A ticket, however, is not a guarantee for an autograph.