Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Durant’

Kevin Durant photographs the Super Bowl

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being a photographer during a sports event is way harder than it looks. I know, because I tried it a few years ago, and you can see the results of my effort by clicking here. My first attempt at photographing an NBA game was during a Blazers/Nets game. For Kevin Durant? His first attempt was during Super Bowl 50, last night in Santa Clara, California. That’s right, with the Thunder still in the Bay Area after facing the Warriors on Saturday night, KD got himself a media credential and sat on the field to shoot the big game for The Player’s Tribune. Nice work!

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 22

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Let’s get right to it this week. Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…so many entrants this week, perhaps our strongest poll yet from top to bottom, including a special double dose of the great Boban Marjanovic(more…)

Curry, James, Kobe have NBA’s most popular jerseys

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on January 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the recent holiday season, a bunch of people apparently got NBA jerseys as gifts — according to a release from the NBA, NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year. But which jerseys were the most popular? Here’s a look at the top 15 most popular jerseys, based on sales from October 2015 through December 2015, which features a conspicuous debut from one rated rookie…

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
14. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Also, here are the ten most popular teams in terms of merchandise sold…

1.  Golden State Warriors
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Miami Heat
9. Boston Celtics
10. L.A. Clippers

Rookie Diary, Volume 3: Myles Turner


VIDEO: Myles Turner swats away James Harden

Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks will alternate on a weekly diary for NBA.com covering life as a rookie, from challenges and success on the court to adjusting to their new world off. This week: Turner discusses the transition from college to the NBA compared to the jump just before from high school to college.

It’s a little weird to think I was in high school two seasons ago. I was actually just discussing that with one of my friends. It’s quite odd. Time flies. It feels like a month ago you were at the prom and what not, and now I’m here.

Going from college to the pros is definitely a bigger jump than high school to college. In high school, I had the chance to play with USA Basketball. That really got me ready for the whole college ball thing, as far as the speed of the game and what not. But going from college to the pros, the strength of the game is so much different. It’s crazy.

I check in with friends from high school and see how they’re doing, but everybody’s pretty much doing their own thing. It’s general conversation for the most part — how are things going? Just keeping everything real.

But I’ll get a lot of questions about the NBA. “How’s the money treating you?” “How are the girls?” “How is LeBron James?” “How’s Kevin Durant?” Little stuff like that. General questions that they don’t get to ask every day. Sometimes I have to decide between what to tell them and what not to tell them. But for the most part I’m pretty straight up with it.

Going from college to the NBA is hard socially as well. It’s hard. After classes at Texas, after practice, we’d all go hang out with each other. Now it’s like everybody has to go home to their families. It’s definitely a huge adjustment in that aspect. Everybody is not friends. You’re cool with everybody. You’re brothers. But at the end of the day everybody has their life away from the court as well.

One of my friends lives with me. He’s one of my best friends ever since elementary school. He goes to college up here. He runs track at Butler. Having him here definitely helps. Not having him here would hurt. For sure.

Sometimes I miss the social aspect of college, a little bit of the structure, just knowing what I’m going to be doing every day, just being able to hang out and stuff. But I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. I was tired of school. I once told my parents that once I’m done with school I’m done with school. But it’s a little different now. I want to go back for my degree because I’ve had good times.

I’d probably like to get my degree in counseling psychology. I’ve just always liked helping people. Helping people through a tough situation, a hard problem, I kind of get a kick out of that. I could see taking classes when I’m still playing, when it’s easier to do at some point after I get past my rookie season. Probably not this summer but next summer I’ll try and get ready for it.

Campus life was different. It’s your first time on your own, you have friends and everybody gets to hang out with each other. You’re on your own for the first time. It was fun. I loved the city of Austin. I would go back anytime I get an opportunity. The city itself is an amazing city. I love it there. The scenery, there’s always something to do. It’s a weird town — weird in a good way. It has a different vibe to it. I just love the city. All the different types of food and everything. That too.

It’s a lot slower here, but people are nice. They’re cool. It’s the Midwest. It’s not hard to adjust to because not a lot goes on here. I’m able to keep my head on straight.

It was a little rough at first because you don’t always have the same constant connection with teammates like you did in college, but I got used to it in the summertime. Having my friend here has been good. If he wasn’t here it’d definitely be harder. It’d be boring. You’d be sitting here talking to yourself at times.

Guys like Monta Ellis have their kids. It’s kind of odd. It’s almost like they’re old enough to be my dad in some aspects. It’s kind of funny. Sometimes my teammates try to make fun of me and call me “15,” like “15 years old” and stuff like that. I really don’t care about all that. They’re just kidding. It’s all in fun.

KEVIN DURANT IS FIRED UP

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Some NBA players prep for tip-off by sitting quietly, visualizing the type of game they want to play. Others listen to music, or maybe watch game film. But last night in Oklahoma City, just moments before taking the court against the Dallas Mavericks, Thunder forward Kevin Durant got himself properly pumped up by unleashing a loud scream. Only thing is, KD did it about two feet behind Thunder courtside reporter Lesley McCaslin, who incredibly wasn’t shaken in the slightest…

He tried to make me stumble!.. #gameon

A video posted by Lesley McCaslin (@lesley_mccaslin) on

Kevin Durant gives shoes to 5-year-old cancer survivor

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After going through a rough few years, 5-year-old Keaton Barron recently had a pretty amazing day. A few years ago, Barron was diagnosed with leukemia. After years of treatment, he recently underwent his final round of chemotherapy and was told he was cancer-free. The family celebrated by going to see Keaton’s favorite team, the Thunder, and his favorite player, Kevin Durant.

There was good news and bad news here: The bad news is Durant sat out the game they attended with a sprained toe. The good new, however, is that because Durant sat the game out, he noticed Keaton’s sign, and at halftime came out and met the child and gave him the sneakers he wore on Christmas Day. There’s more on the family here, and here’s a quick video telling the entire story…

Enes Kanter’s full court shot has no shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the clock is running down at the end of a quarter, you might as well throw it up at the basket from wherever you are on the court and see if you can get lucky. Last night in Oklahoma City, Thunder big man Enes Kanter found himself with the ball in his hands and the clock ticking toward zero. As it turned out, he didn’t get his shot off in time, although it doesn’t really matter anyway, because his shot wasn’t even close to going in.

It’s hard to tell exactly from this video clip, but I believe his shot ended up in about the fifth row, on the far right aisle. And the best part might be how when Kanter returns to the huddle, everyone has a smile on their face, from Kevin Durant to Cameron Payne to even the coaches and staff.

Kevin Durant gives back

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VIDEO: Durant Positive Tomorrows

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball blog we love to laugh along with our favorite NBA players, but it’s also great to see them doing big things off the court. For instance, yesterday in Oklahoma City, Thunder forward Kevin Durant surprised students at Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City. While Durant has had several interactions with this school in the past, his visit yesterday was a surprise, as this one student’s reaction shows…

Durant donated $35,000 to the school, and as he explained to Thunder.com, he was looking forward to having a lasting impact on the community…

Armed with a $35,000 check, Durant ducked his head through the doorway of the modest building that educates dozens of local children in the Oklahoma City area, in addition to providing meals and health check-ups.

This is the third visit Durant has made to school in recent years, and to watch him walk through the halls, it is clear that he has both a vested interest and a strong relationship with the teachers, administrators and students in the class. It hurts the Thunder forward to know what these kids are going through, but the attitudes the children have despite their lives outside of school never ceases to amaze him.

“It’s definitely disheartening, but these kids come here and it’s crazy because they’re still smiling and enjoying their day,” Durant said. “Their circumstances aren’t what they should be, but it still doesn’t affect them. It’s teaching me a lot about life, what’s important and perspective.”

“We know that we have children who are coming from some very difficult situations when they walk into school in the morning,” said Susan Agel, the President of Positive Tomorrows. “This for them is a safe place, it’s a place to be normal and it’s a place to be like everybody else. They just thrive. We see them grow and their personalities develop because they can leave some of the things they’re worried about behind them.”

Over the years, Durant has consistently made his mark on Oklahoma City in lasting ways, far beyond the basketball court. From his $1 million donation to disaster relief efforts in Moore to the basketball court he refurbished at North Highland Elementary, Durant has repeatedly made a lasting, even physical impact on Oklahoma City’s infrastructure.

Wednesday was just another example of that, as the funds Durant donated will be used to build a new kitchen for Positive Tomorrows so that the woman currently cooking breakfast and lunch for all of the children, Pam Parson, doesn’t have to continue to wake up at 3 a.m. each morning to make all of the meals from her own home. With a new kitchen in an adjacent space, the donation also helps free up more space in the school to potentially educate more of Oklahoma City’s homeless children.

“This is one of those things that is going to last forever,” Durant said. “This is what you do it for. You want to see the positive impact that you have and use the platform you have in the right way. We play basketball for a living but that isn’t going to last forever. The impact that we have on these kids’ lives will stick with them for a long, long time, way after we’re done playing basketball.”

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Dec. 8

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Last week the POSTERIZED POLL went on a bit of a forced hiatus, as I had to spend POSTERIZED TUESDAY going back and forth to Philadelphia for Kobe Bryant‘s final appearance in his hometown. Which means we have more dunks than usual to sort through, which is a good thing.

And in honor of Kobe’s retirement announcement, let’s take a throwback look at the time Kobe #POSTERIZED the great Yao Ming


VIDEO: Kobe on Yao

Finally, before we get to all the latest dunks, congratulations to last week’s winner, DeMar DeRozan!

Now, let’s go to the posters!

DWIGHT HOWARD ON KRISTAPS PORZINGIS


VIDEO: Howard on Porzingis
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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Nov. 24

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.


VIDEO: Mutombo ATL
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