Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’

Thunder fans greet players at the airport

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It was a disappointing season for the Oklahoma City Thunder — injuries robbed them of their expected lineups throughout the season, and despite a valiant effort that came down to the last day of the season, the Thunder just missed making the playoffs.

While the season may have been a disappointment, the fans in Oklahoma City wanted to show the team they appreciated the effort the Thunder showed this season, so they met the team in the middle of the night at the airport when they got home from their final game of the season…


VIDEO: Thunder Airport

Kobe has some words for Westbrook’s haters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRussell Westbrook has been playing out of his mind the last few weeks, single-handedly keeping the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff hopes alive. His most recent big game came Sunday against the Pacers, when Westbrook finished with 54 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Westbrook scored that 54 points on 43 field goal attempts, although he did make almost half of his shots (he finished 21-43). So while that 54-9-8 line looks great, some people pointed out that maybe Westbrook took too many shots.

But maybe we should listen to someone who understands not only volume shooting but also deflecting criticism: Kobe Bryant

Russell Westbrook gives his All-Star MVP car to single mom

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When Russell Westbrook was named the MVP of the All-Star Game back in February, his prize was a new car, courtesy of Kia. Once he got back to Oklahoma City, Westbrook realized that he could put this car to better use. So, Westbrook got in touch with Oklahoma City’s Sunbeam Family Services and surprised Kerstin Gonzales, a 19-year-old mother of two, by giving her his new car.

I could write more about this but really, just watch this video. As unbelievable as Westbrook has been this season, this might be his best moment yet…


VIDEO: Westbrook car

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)