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  1. Durant’s agent says players can make NBA money overseas

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When you see big-name NBA stars talking about going overseas, it’s not about the salary. Even if you pay Kobe Bryant $2 million a month he will not make half his NBA salary next season. It’s about the marketing, the branding. To quote Mars Blackmon: It’s got to be the shoes. Which is what superagent…

  2. Kevin Durant will make his overseas “Decision” on October 1st. You know, without the TV special.

    Aug 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant is playing all the time this summer. The man is pretty much playing the same amount he was during the regular season. He’s made stops in the Philippines, multiple Pro-Ams, Rucker, the list goes on and on. And he’s not through. Kevin Durant told reporters at a Goodman league event Sunday in Washington…

  3. What does it mean for players to organize team workouts?

    Aug 13, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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    From Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix: Durant told SI he planned on getting Thunder players together, likely in either Florida or Texas, for informal workouts in September. via Twitter / @ChrisMannixSI: Durant told SI he planned …. That makes Durant the latest in a series of players including Zach Randolph, Andray Blatche organizing team workouts for their…

  4. There’s smoke… and fire in talk of Durant joining Turkish team Besiktas

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

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    Oh, no. Not another “NBA Player rumored to be considering playing overseas” post. These are all the same. That Turkish team Besiktas keeps saying it’s talking to players and then nothing happens, players won’t even confirm they had the talks. It’s all a bunch of… oh, wait. Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night…

  5. Video: Kevin Durant with the sweet reverse dunk

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant has been putting on a show this summer. Call it him having fun, call it a grass-roots marketing campaign, call it dedication to his craft, it doesn’t matter. What matters is it is working, he is creating a buzz. He decided to take the show to Baltimore and get in a little run…

  6. Video: Brandon Jennings goes off his defender’s head

    Aug 8, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    I used to think the pass between your opponent’s legs was about the most embarrassing thing that could happen to a guy. Well, that or being in Blake Griffin‘s way on a fast break. But Brandon Jennings has upped the ante. This video is from Dyckman Park in New York, where pro/am games run in…

  7. Success and failure through the lens of Russell Westbrook

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook isn’t the most hated player in the NBA, nor is he the most criticized. Yet the baffling misreads of Westbrook’s game — which paint him as either incompetent of villainous — have persisted into the offseason, so much so that his name alone was somehow deemed a suitable taunt for Kevin Durant. It’s…

  8. Video: Michael Beasley can’t guard Kevin Durant

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    We bring you one last bit from Dyckson Park in New York City Thursday night. That’s the place that brought you Michael Beasley being a fool and Kevin Durant being a little slow on the help defense rotation and paying the price. Here is Beasley trying to guard Durant (and Beasley gets no help defense).…

  9. Video: Kevin Durant gets dunked on in New York City

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Everyone, we’d like you to meet Geoff Mcdermott. East Coasters may remember him playing for the Providence Friars, you will now remember him as the guy who dunked on Kevin Durant at Dyckman Park Thursday night. To be fair, KD rotated over late and there wasn’t much he could do. The fact he rotated over at…

  10. Fan shoved by Beasley calls him a “bad sportsman”

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley remains a class act. The 6’10” forward pushed a fan in the face at Dyckman Park in New York City Thursday night, during a game between Beasley’s team and a Kevin Durant team (Team Nike, actually, and the shoe giant marking folk were there filming). The New York Daily News writers were there,…

  11. Michael Beasley pushes fan in face at exhibition game

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Big time organized streetball games are rowdy. Loud and raw. The crowd is into it, and not in the polite, golf-clap way a lot of NBA games can be when the rich folks are close to the court. This is real. And there will be hecklers. Just ask Kevin Durant. One of those hecklers was…

  12. Video: 15 best dunks of July Pro-Ams

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Usually about this time, we’d bring you a a highlight package of dunks from the Vegas Summer League. But there was no Vegas Summer League. Damn lockout. But the guys at Ball is Life put together a sweet package of highlight dunks from events around the country. It’s good stuff. And it’s the best basketball…

  13. Kevin Durant shuts up a heckler at NYC Pro-Am game

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    Who heckles Kevin Durant? The guy drops 66 points at Rucker Park draining threes over double teams (Scott Brooks does not want you to take that shot, KD) and the next day the crowd is all over him? Man, New York City can be tough. But Durant gets the last laugh. He’s tougher. Watch the…

  14. Video: Kevin Durant puts on show at Rucker Park

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant dropped in at the streetball Mecca that is Rucker Park Monday night. And it was a show. He dropped in 66 points. He had some highlights. The crowd loved him. He rained three pointers over double teams like they were layups. Sure, the game got a little sloppy — it’s streetball — but…

  15. Video: Goodman League vs. Drew League teaser

    Jul 31, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Yes, we know the are a whole lot of hurdles left for the Drew vs. Goodman league showdown to happen. We’re going to pretend it is happening anyway. We’re also going to pretend there will be a full NBA season. And we can’t wait until Santa Claus brings us the  Red Ryder BB gun we want for…

  16. Chinese League may put in rules to limit NBA player influx

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Panda

    Stephon Marbury may not think Carmelo Anthony can handle playing in China, but ‘Melo said he was thinking about it. A lot of NBA players have thrown out China as a possible destination if they decide to play overseas during the lockout. Except, China may not want them. According to the fantastic Chinese league blog…

  17. How the Kobe, Rose Philippines exhibition came together

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Being rich has its perks. That essentially is how the two big exhibition games in the Phillipines last week that included Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and four other NBA players came together. It was because Filipino tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan — called MVP by most — decided he wanted it to…

  18. Did Jordan ruin it for Kobe, LeBron and everyone else?

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    LeBron James is no Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant is no Michael Jordan. Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Grant Hill and even Harold Minor have not been the next Michael Jordan. Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will not be Jordan either. Nobody is going to be the next Michael Jordan. Nobody. Ever. We know that,…

  19. Video: Durant off-the-backboard ally-oop to Harden

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    They were having some fun over in Manilla. And making some nice dough. But mostly having a lot of fun. For a group of NBA stars, this was an exhibition and a chance to show off a little. Like this play, where Kevin Durant leads what we will generously call a secondary break, gets in…

  20. Kobe, Durant Rose well paid for Philippines pickup game

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

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    You make any money this weekend? Kobe Bryant did. So did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of the NBA players who went to the Philippines for a couple of exhibition games over the weekend where they beat some local teams. In a story about players being serious looking overseas, Sam Amick of Sports…

  21. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant show off in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Saturday, NBA basketball was back. Okay, not really. But NBA players (or former, I guess, considering they’re locked out) played in the Philippines on Saturday in an exhibition against the PBA All-Stars. It was a huge event, with a raucous Filipino crowd chanting and cheering everything. Honestly, it was louder than about 95% of all…

  22. Kevin Durant does have ink. Lots of it.

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Durant tattoos

    Everyone likes Kevin Durant. Over at CBSSports Eye on Basketball, they put together a “likability index” — NBA players you just like the most based on game and personality — and Durant came out on top. He’s the league’s two-time scoring champ, led the USA to gold in the FIBA World Championships, has a pure…

  23. Westbrook not fazed by criticism

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Russel Westbrook was an impure point guard — shoot first, pass second. Which doesn’t fly when the you have two-time league scoring champion Kevin Durant on your team. You want to get him the rock. That was the conventional wisdom after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs. Conventional wisdom is there for a reason.…

  24. Goodman League vs. Drew League showdown rosters out

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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    The Goodman League is the long-standing pro-am summer league out of Washington D.C. that has seen a lot of NBA players come through it. The Drew League is the long-standing pro-am summer league out of Los Angeles that has seen a lot of NBA players come through it. Both have a streetball feel, both have…

  25. How intense are lockout negotiations? Fisher headed to Philippines.

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We tried to tell you earlier that there are no meaningful negotiations going on between the owners and players, that everyone is playing a game of lockout chicken, waiting for the deadline to put pressure on the talks. Here is another sign just how little is going on — union president Derek Fisher is heading…

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