Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Durant’

Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp (again)

By Jeff Case

Two years ago, we brought you video of Oklahoma City Thunder star and NBA MVP Kevin Durant blocking little kids’ shots at his summer camp. Last season was mighty frustrating for Durant as he missed two-thirds of 2014-15 with nagging foot injuries/surgeries. But, good news — he recently told our Fran Blinebury that he’s feeling good, is on the mend and looking forward to 2015-16.

So, shouldn’t KD take it easy on the kiddos at his camp this summer. Not a chance, apparently …

Kevin Durant is better at basketball than baseball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is a former NBA MVP, a guy who can do pretty much anything on a basketball court. But as we saw this weekend, while playing in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman‘s Celebrity Softball Game, Durant’s outfield skills could seem to use a little work…


VIDEO: Durant Softball

Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars


VIDEO: Relive Stephen Curry’s Summer League debut in 2009

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. After events in Orlando and Salt Lake City, the attention turns to Las Vegas where 23 of the 30 teams participate in 10 days of basketball, culminating in a tournament that was won by the Sacramento Kings last season. Coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer League tournament continues on NBA TV through July 20.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players to ever play in the Summer League.


Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!

Deep thoughts with Kevin Durant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant has always been skinny. And while he’s now grown into that frame and made it work for him, he once told me that as a child and teenager, he tried (in vain) to put on weight by eating massive amounts of food, including milkshakes. So I like to think Durant’s new commercial for Sonic that debuted last night is rooted in some sort of reality — maybe, in his quietest moments, Durant really does daydream about candy slushes. Which makes me think…nerds, that’s a funny name…


VIDEO: Durant Sonic

Kevin Durant stars in new commercials for Sonic

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the annual traditions of postseason basketball is companies rolling out new commercials starring various NBA players. The drive-in restaurant chain Sonic just dropped a couple of new commercials starring Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. I’m guessing they assumed these would air during Thunder playoff games, but injuries brought the Thunder’s season to an early end. Still, funny stuff from KD…


VIDEO: Durant Sonic one-on-one


VIDEO: Durant slush dunk

(via TNLP)

Kevin Durant did not take Serge Ibaka’s water

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So there was Kevin Durant, standing there after an Oklahoma City Thunder practice, chatting nicely with the media, when all of a sudden Serge Ibaka wants to know if Kevin Durant took his water. It’s a valid question, I suppose, although Durant doesn’t really have the answer. Keep searching, Serge.

Kevin Durant introduces new shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Oklahoma City Thunder announced earlier this week that Kevin Durant underwent a surgical procedure on his foot that will keep him out for at least a week. And as part of his recovery, Durant will have to stay off his foot and temporarily wear a support shoe. It’s not the most well-designed shoe, so KD took the opportunity to take to Instagram and joke about this being the KD8, his next signature shoe that should be released this summer…

Kevin Durant hits Chris Paul with classic scoreboard burn

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a rough few days for the Los Angeles Clippers. They’re on an extended road trip while the Grammys were held back in their home arena, the Staples Center. After looking like they’d found their groove, they’ve lost 5 of their last 6 games. And to add injury to insult, now Blake Griffin is out indefinitely with a staph infection in his elbow that will require surgery.

All of those factors apparently came together yesterday in the Clippers game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder were winning big in the second half, coasting to a win, when Clips All-Star point guard Chris Paul knocked down a midrange jumper to cut OKC’s lead down to 20. The cameras caught Paul staring at Kevin Durant after the shot, and Durant seemed to say something about Paul now being “down 20 now, homie” in response, a variant of the classic “check the scoreboard” burn.

Russell Westbrook is still waiting for his high five

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two nights ago during the Thunder/Magic game, when Reggie Jackson pulled off his magical shot, there was a moment later in the game worth reliving. As the Thunder walked off the court for a timeout, Russell Westbrook was high-fiving his teammates, and he ended up whiffing on a high five with Jeremy Lamb. But instead of keeping it moving, Westbrook could not just let it go…

And as ESPN’s Royce Young pointed out, Westbrook apparently has a thing about hanging high fives…


VIDEO: Westbrook KD high five

Moral of the story? Don’t leave Russell Westbrook hanging.

Kevin Durant has some existential questions about Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Twitter is a popular social networking platform, that allows users to interact and share information. Sometimes that means jokes, sometimes that means NBA scores, sometimes that means blog posts, sometimes that means having a conversation with a person you’ve never met.

So we know what Twitter is, but really, what is Twitter? Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant found himself pondering something similar, and where better to share those questions and concerns than on Twitter?