Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’

Steven Adams has some banking tips for you

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Oklahoma City big man Steven Adams hails from New Zealand, where they speak English but have a collection of their own phrases and sayings. These are obscure enough that when Adams breaks them out in this new ad for an Oklahoma bank, we need subtitles to keep up with him. Adams seems kind of presidential in this spot, doesn’t he?


VIDEO: Adams bank

(via CBS)

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.

Oklahoma City Thunder introduce new alternate jerseys


VIDEO: New Thunder jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Oklahoma City Thunder have played it mostly safe when it comes to uniform designs, with white home uniforms, blue road uniforms, and then a navy blue alternate kit they would break out occasionally. But yesterday the Thunder introduced a new look they call their “pride” jerseys: White sleeved jerseys with the team’s logo on the chest, so you get a huge OKC on the front. I particularly like the shorts, with the orange and blue stripes criss-crossing.

Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — it wasn’t a huge move, but maybe the most emotional move at the NBA trade deadline was the Minnesota Timberwolves trading with Brooklyn to re-acquire their former franchise cornerstone, Kevin Garnett. KG isn’t the player he used to be, but he’s still a remarkable competitor and an unparalleled locker room presence, expected to provide a steadying veteran hand for the Wolves. He’ll make his home debut Wednesday against Washington (8 p.m. ET, League Pass), but first, earlier today KG showed up for a photo shoot in his old number 21 uniform. Almost feels like we should’ve saved this for #TBT…

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…

Snoop Dogg starts recruiting Russell Westbrook to the Lakers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Lakers may not be very good this season — they are currently 13-40 — but they have a chance to improve down the road, as they could have a pretty good draft pick coming up (depending where it lands), and then have a chance to add parts via free agency. So it’s understandable if Lakers fans are looking toward the future. But rapper and Lakers fan Snoop Dogg is not only looking toward the future, he’s actively trying to change it. Yesterday he took to Instagram to post a photoshopped image of Russell Westbrook, OKC pg and All-Star MVP, who could hit free agency in 2017. Westbrook is not only a great player, but he’s a Los Angeles native. And he’ll probably be a target for the next few years.

Come on home !!

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Russell Westbrook hit his head against the backboard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the All-Star practice on Saturday, there was a moment when the Western Conference All-Stars were hanging around out on the court, waiting for their next drill. Then someone threw an alley-oop, and with just one step of run-up, Russell Westbrook soared into the air for a dunk. It basically went unnoticed in the moment — another dunk in a weekend full of dunking — but watching it happen, I was reminded of how, when he’s healthy, there may not be a better all-around athlete in the NBA than Westbrook.

Westbrook showed his all-around ability again last night by scoring 41 points to lead the West to the win and taking the All-Star MVP award. But there was one play in the game that might have gone overlooked but really showcased Westbrook’s incredible athletic ability. During the third quarter, someone tossed Russ an alley-oop, and when he went up to get it, he went so high that he hit his head on the rim backboard…

A few seconds later, Westbrook grabbed his noggin to make sure all was well…

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(GIF via Deadspin)

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.

Reggie Jackson almost balances shot on rim

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Our friends The Starters enjoy pointing out “wedgies,” where a shot gets caught between the rim and backboard. If a shot ends up sitting on the rim, they call it “a pigeon.”

Last night against Orlando, we almost got a pigeon. Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson got to the basket and flipped up a shot that rolled around and…almost just stopped on the back rim. The ball stayed on the rim so long you can see players standing up from the bench in the background.

Eventually the ball fell from glory, as after a while it spun wide and became just another ho-hum NBA rebound. I guess the ball just didn’t want it enough. SMH.


VIDEO: Jackson shot