Kevin Durant's generosity caused traffic jams Friday afternoon when the Thunder All-Star informed his nearly 1.2 million Twitter followers he would be handing out free shoes at various locations throughout Oklahoma City, including the Chesapeake Energy Arena, First Presbyterian Church and Penn Square Mall.
"I didn't know it was going to go down like that," Durant said of causing traffic problems. "It was fun."
This is nothing new for the two-time scoring champ. Last Christmas, Durant surprised roughly 120 foster children Citizens Caring for Children with a visit and gifts, including an iPod shuffle, Thunder-themed Skullcandy headphones and Nike gear.
Durant's gift this year was his Christmas Day shoe, the copper version of the Nike KD IV. "Everybody seemed to like them," Durant said.
Several Thunder players will wear the shoe during Sunday's season opener at home against the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m., though Durant said he doesn't know how many. "I guess they're going to surprise me," Durant said. "That'll be my Christmas present."
THUNDER WAIVES ROBINSON
The Thunder waived guard Nate Robinson on Saturday to get to its final team roster of 15 players.
After his midseason acquisition from the Boston Celtics last February, Robinson appeared in four games and averaged 3.3 points, 1.5 assists and 7.5 minutes.
Robinson was not invited to training camp and will still receive his guaranteed $4.5 million salary from the Thunder.
Cutting Robinson means Ryan Reid, the 56th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft who played for the Developmental League Tulsa 66ers last season, has made the roster and will receive the league minimum, which last season was $473,604.
THABO'S STATUS UNKNOWN
Starting guard Thabo Sefolosha continues to battle a sore right foot and remains listed as day-to-day. Whether he starts against Orlando will be a game-time decision. "He felt a lot better today," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."
LIVING AT THE LINE
Orlando center Dwight Howard easily led the league in free-throw attempts last season with 916, which are only 128 fewer shots than he took from the field.
"He's so strong, he forces guys to foul him," Durant said. "When he's in the paint, it's a foul or a dunk."
In his two games against the Thunder last year, Howard converted 17 of 20 (85.0 percent) free throws in OKC and 8 of 12 (66.7 percent) in Orlando, both considerably higher than the 59.6 percent he shot for the season from the line. Howard shot 59.3 percent from the field, second to Denver's Nene' Hilario (61.5 percent).
WE AIN'T FRIENDS
During the Thunder's home-and-home preseason series against the world champion Dallas Mavericks, there appeared to be a few sequences the Mavs were caught off-guard by the quickness and agility of OKC center Kendrick Perkins, who lost 31 pounds during the offseason.
"I was just going out there and playing my game," Perkins said. "The thing with the Mavs is they try to lure you to sleep, try to talk to you and make you think they're good friends with you, then at the same time try to hit shots in your face. So you've got to make sure you keep the mentality that you're going out there to win the game and not get caught up in all this talk and buddy-buddy stuff, because that's what they try to do."
Perkins has noted how well-dressed the Thunder coaching staff is on game day.
"I noticed it when I got here," said Perkins, acquired in a trade with the Boston Celtics on Feb. 24 last season. "They think they fly, from (assistant Maurice) Cheeks to M.B. (assistant Mark Bryant). They all think they be fly, so I just wanted to give them props. Just joking around, but I was serious, though."
A delayed start to the season and a Christmas Day audience figure to lead to early jitters.
"I told the guys, 'You should have butterflies. You should be a little nervous. That means you care,' " Brooks said. "No question I get them and I've had them for a few days now."
Even scoring champs have jitters.
"Oh, yeah. Always, for some reason," Durant said. "I just want to do so well. I'm anxious to see how my hard work is going to pay off. Hopefully, I play well, we play well as a team and just continue to keep going."
— The Thunder's scheduled 45-minute shootaround on Saturday eventually became a 95-minute practice, ending at 12:35 p.m.
— Guard Daequan Cook vowed to tighten up his scruffy beard in time for the season opener. However, guard James Harden repeatedly has said he has no idea when he will trim his renowned facial hair.
— The Durant house is full of Christmas visitors. "I have eight little cousins sleeping on my floor, turning video games on at 8 in the morning," Durant said. "I always have fun with those guys — my cousins, my mom, my dad, my uncle. It feels like I'm a kid again."
The Thunder opens the season Christmas Day at 7 p.m. against the Orlando Magic. OKC then plays at Minnesota on Monday; at Memphis on Wednesday; at home against Dallas on Thursday; at home against Phoenix on New Year's Eve.