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  1. Video: Kevin Durant takes the mic, raps at a club

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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

    From our “well, we’ve got to post something during the lockout” file, we bring you this: Kevin Durant, the King of the Summer, picked up the mic in a club recently and laid down lines. We’d discuss the quality of them — or try to warn you of potentially offensive language — if we could make…

  2. Brandon Jennings takes aim for the 40-percent mark

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Yesterday, in a live chat on ESPN.com, Brandon Jennings lobbed an easy-as-pie piece of cake over the plate. He didn’t have to; Jennings had stopped by to pretty clearly shill for Court Grip — the new product which Dwyane Wade plugged so aggressively but a few weeks earlier — and those kinds of advertising tours…

  3. LeBron, Wade, Bosh bring stars to Miami for charity game

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami’s power trio — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — are reuniting in Miami, and thanks to Nike they are brining a boatload of other NBA stars with them this time. Of course, it’s all for charity, an Oct 8 game at Florida International University. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated tweeted about it…

  4. Kevin Durant has Russell Westbrook’s back, wants him to stay

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    The people calling for Russell Westbrook to be traded after the Thunder were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals are just plain crazy. In the end up on Horders kind of way. Westbrook is one of the best young point guards in the league, and while he made mistakes he and…

  5. Report: Kendrick Perkins was kind of a jerk to Russell Westbrook

    Sep 17, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    You would think that news about internal conflict in the Thunder locker room would come from the Daily Oklahoman, or, you know, someone west of the Mississippi. But the New York Daily News Saturday brought a hefty piece of intrigue to its pages regarding the Thunder. Apparently Kendrick Perkins‘ arrival in OKC was controversial and…

  6. Thunder, Magic players plan own mini-camp workouts

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Not everybody is going to Las Vegas to workout and play in a few games. While the “lockout league” is drawing the headlines it’s not drawing all the stars or even all the big teams. There are teams running their own minicamps, including the Thunder and Magic. The Thunder’s are doing their own mini-camp this…

  7. What the Thunder should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Oklahoma City is out latest stop on our “what your team needs to do when the lockout ends” tour. To see the teams already covered (we’re working our way through the Western Conference right now) click here. Last season in Oklahoma City: We saw growth. The young Thunder team took the steps forward we all expected…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. Would a hard cap really be good for small markets?

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    When we talk about a hard cap, we wonder how the Lakers at $90.4 million, or the Magic at $89.9 million, or the Mavericks at $86.6 million would get under those numbers. (For all of you out there that thought Dallas winning the title was a triumph of building a team over buying one, know…

  11. NBA lockout tour of China being considered by agency

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    NBA players are looking to do things during the lockout other than workout and improve their Halo 3 skills. Well, some of them are, some just want to get better at Halo. Which leads to this interesting note out of the Sports Business Journal (via SLAM): Armed with its star-studded NBA client list, Wasserman Media…

  12. Thunder want Kendrick Perkins to get healthy this summer

    May 31, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Some people in Oklahoma City blamed Kendrick Perkins for the fall of the Thunder in the conference finals to Dallas. Those people are wrong. Perkins was not causing Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to miss shots at the end of games. Jeff Green would not have saved them (people continue to overvalue him). Perkins was…

  13. Kevin Durant looks to bulk up for next season

    May 29, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Kevin Durant is the NBA’s leading scorer two years running, but the playoffs have shown there are some things he could work on. For one, he told the Boston Globe, he wants to add a little muscle. “I could get stronger and go from there,’’ he said. “I realize I’m not going to be 250…

  14. Thunder need to be patient, let Westbrook grow into PG they need

    May 26, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    People’s impatience is amazing. The Oklahoma City Thunder just went to the Western Conference Finals with a team that had none of its core players over age 22. They are athletic, they played with passion, and while they struggled under the weight of the moment and Mavericks, that is how teams learn to win. Does…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Fittingly Mavericks’ execution sends them to finals

    May 26, 2011, 12:56 AM EDT

    Mavericks' players celebrate against the Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    It was fitting. Maybe it was the only way it could be, with Dallas coming from behind again. Game 5 was a microcosm of the four before it in the Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City came out and played with energy and passion. Their amazing athleticism caused problems for Dallas, but the Mavericks countered with…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Thunder have fight in them, is that enough?

    May 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki celebrates near Thunder's Westbrook during NBA Western Conference Final playoff in Oklahoma City

    Do not question the toughness of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Don’t question their heart. No doubt the collapse at the end of Game 4 Monday was ugly, but it was not about toughness. You don’t reach the Western Conference Finals with all your key players 22 or younger without being tough. Without heart. You can…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Thunder learning lessons. The hard way.

    May 24, 2011, 3:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    These are hard, painful lessons for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are the hard, painful lessons virtually every championship team has had to learn. Michael Jordan and his Bulls were knocked out three straight years by the Detroit Pistons, teaching him hard lessons. It’s true of champions since. Even the two-time, soon-to-be-dethroned Lakers had to…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Nowitzki closes out Durant, Thunder in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    Shortly after Kevin Durant entered the NBA, he was given the label of the NBA’s Next Great Closer. Everything about him suggests that he should be able to close teams out. He has a quiet confidence about him, is never afraid to shoot the ball, and never seems to break a sweat as he coldly…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Incredible comeback has Dallas one game from the NBA Finals

    May 24, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

    dirk-game-4

    The Thunder had this. They did just about everything they had to do from the opening tip to secure a series-evening victory against Dallas in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. OKC jumped out to a fast start, got a superstar-level performance from its best player, and played active team defense for the vast…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Efficient Westbrook, Thunder need to show up

    May 23, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are putting up numbers against the Dallas Mavericks: Durant is averaging 29.3 point per game (up from his league-leading 27.7 during the regular season), while Westbrook is at 22.7 per game. But they are not efficient about it. Durant is shooting 44 percent and is 2-of-18 from three. Westbrook is…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Mavericks defense looks good thanks to Thunder offense

    May 22, 2011, 1:41 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    “Tonight we played championship-level defense for the first time in the series,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after the game in an interview broadcast on NBA TV. Maybe. But the Oklahoma City Thunder really helped them out with that — it’s a lot easier to cover a guy who is standing still. And the Thunder…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Slow start dooms Thunder as Mavericks roll in Game 3

    May 22, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

    dirk-game-3

    After stealing home-court advantage from the Mavericks with a win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, one would think the Thunder would have come out firing once the series shifted to Oklahoma City, ensuring that the victory they worked so hard to get on the road wouldn’t be immediately wasted. But it was…

  23. Tyson Chandler: Mavs took Thunder ‘lightly’

    May 21, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    You would think that if you were to face a team with the NBA’s scoring champ the past two seasons, you’d recognize that they are a threat. You’d think that if you were facing a team with a diverse set of skill players with energy and youth, you’d understand that they have something going for…

  24. Russell Westbrook freaked out over a blown play

    May 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    The popular storyline coming out of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals was the benching of Russell Westbrook and his perceived frustration on the bench, despite his obvious celebrations of the team’s success in winning the game down the stretch. ESPN has the scoop on what exactly happened that made Westbrook so upset during…

  25. NBA Playoffs Thunder vs. Mavericks Game 3: Anyone’s Series

    May 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot in the second half against Oklahoma during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    What has made the Western Conference Finals so compelling, especially when compared to years past is the simple fact: we don’t know who’s going to win. In years prior, we flirted with the idea that San Antonio, Denver, or, sure, maybe Phoenix could knock off L.A. but in our heart of hearts we knew it…

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