Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins, a former Notre Dame standout, interviewed Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant this past weekend for the 5 p.m. Wednesday edition of ESPN's “SportsCenter.”
The basketball standouts played a game of HORSE and interacted with kids at the Oklahoma County Boys & Girls Club. Durant's mother, Wanda Pratt, had donated a mural to the club.
— At halftime of the Thunder-Jazz telecast Wednesday night, Fox Sports Oklahoma will air an interview with Durant, Nick Collison, and Russell Westbrook, the remaining three players from the first Thunder team. They sat down with TV analyst Grant Long to reflect on the past five seasons and their role in developing the Thunder culture. The second part will air Friday night during the Thunder-Timberwolves telecast.
— FSOK plans to include Thunder player introductions in all broadcasts of home games. “We think that brings the atmosphere of the game to the viewer,” Mahoney said.
— Jon Barry, a 14-year NBA veteran, has reached a multiyear agreement to serve as the lead analyst for the NBA on ESPN Radio, replacing Dr. Jack Ramsay. Kevin Calabro, who has called NBA games on ESPN Radio since 2008, returns as the play-by-play voice. P.J. Carlesimo, a former Nets and Thunder coach, will work select games, partnering with Marc Kestecher. Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy will serve as a game analyst for 10 broadcasts.