Kevin Durant voiced his support for the "Hyperize” line of shoe created by Nike that has recently come under scrutiny with at least one NBA team. The strength and conditioning coach in Detroit recently banned the Pistons from wearing the line because of a recent rash of sprained ankles, according to reports. Pistons Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Will Bynum all have missed games this season because of ankle injuries. But Durant, who is sponsored by Nike and filmed a commercial for the Hyperize line last season, said he’s never had an issue with the shoe. "Ankle injuries can come from stepping on a guy’s foot or coming down on somebody. Rarely does it happen when you’re just running around on the court,” said Durant, who struggled with ankle injuries his first two seasons only because he landed on someone’s foot. "And sometimes it doesn’t matter what shoe you have on, so I don’t think that’s the issue. It just happens when you’re playing.” The Hyperize shoe is marketed as a state-of-the-art lightweight basketball shoe and, at 0.8 pounds, can be as much as two times lighter than ordinary basketball shoes. Durant, though, plays in his signature shoe rather than the Hyperize sneakers. Kevin Ollie and Antonio Anderson are the only other Thunder players that wear the Hyperize line. Ollie said he prefers the older model, the Hyperdunks, after wearing the style the past two years.
SWISS TEAM REPRESENTATIVES VISIT SEFOLOSHARepresentatives for Switzerland’s national team attended Monday’s practice and spent the day visiting with Thabo Sefolosha in hopes the Thunder’s guard will join the Swiss team this summer. Swiss national team coach Sebastian Roduit was joined by two other dignitaries Monday. Sefolosha, however, said he’s undecided on whether he’ll participate with the national team and said the final decision will depend heavily on how his body feels following this season. "I haven’t thought about it much yet,” Sefolosha said. "I don’t know if I’m going to play with the national team or not. We’ll see.”
BROOKS WINS COACH OF THE MONTHThunder coach Scott Brooks won Western Conference Coach of the Month honors after Oklahoma City’s 9-2 record in the month. The Thunder had wins over Atlanta, New Orleans, Portland, Dallas and Toronto in February and averaged 104.3 points in the month. It’s the first time Brooks has won the award since taking over on an interim basis in November 2009. But with the Thunder a surprising 35-23, Brooks has a strong chance to win the NBA Coach of the Year award. He just doesn’t like to discuss his potential accolades. "I’m not concerned with it,” Brooks said. "I think it does a disservice to talk about it. We have a lot of games left. It’s about our guys. It’s never about the coach.”
ANDERSON STANDING OUT WITH TOUGHNESSBrooks said he isn’t sure whether Antonio Anderson will receive a second 10-day contract when his current 10-day expires Wednesday. But Brooks said the rookie guard out of Memphis is standing out with his toughness. "His toughness and his defensive mentality,” Brooks said. "I think he’s a better shooter than he probably gets credit for, because he’s making some shots in practice. He’s a good kid that works hard.”
BRIEFLYNenad Krstic, who sustained a right ankle injury and re-injured his right thumb Sunday against Toronto, did not practice Monday but is expected to play tonight against the Kings. ... Byron Mullens and Kyle Weaver on Monday were sent to the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s affiliate in the NBA D-League.