Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’

Russell Westbrook does a terrible Kevin Durant impression

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier today we checked in with Kevin Durant, who had the opportunity yesterday to photograph the Super Bowl. Today at Thunder practice, Durant was asked about the experience, and while he explained how much he enjoyed it, Russell Westbrook strolled up behind him and couldn’t resist the chance to mess with KD…

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 Feb. 5

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!

I missed last week’s #POSTERIZED poll because I was traveling, working on a cool piece for NBA TV (coming soon!). Which means more dunks than usual this week!

Let’s get to the dunks. Special shoutout to the previous winner, Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo!
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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

Russell Westbrook revives feud with Nuggets mascot Rocky

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Some of the NBA’s greatest rivalries have endured for years, and this feud between Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is no different. Two years ago during a game in Denver, seemingly randomly, Westbrook decided he didn’t want Rocky to make any of his halfcourt shot attempts.

Well, last night in Denver, after two years of detente, their differences flared again. Watch Westbrook here, as he says something to Rocky, who threatens to go all Daniel LaRusso on Westbrook…

Considering the result, Rocky might want to figure out a way to end this feud. Because just moments later, Westbrook did this…

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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 15

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!

Quick second to send a shoutout to LeBron James. Not only did LeBron make a strong POSTERIZED appearance this week (see the poll below), but he also paid something of a POSTERIZED tribute to legendary power forward Karl “The Mailman” Malone. Check out this breakaway dunk against the Dallas Mavericks…

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LeBron didn’t exactly dunk on anyone, so for our purposes it doesn’t qualify for the poll. But LeBron did do a dunk that Karl Malone put on numerous posters throughout his career…

Anyway, there were a bunch of terrific POSTERIZING dunks this week. Special shoutout to last week’s winner, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…where one of Porzingis’ fellow rookies, Jahlil Okafor, didn’t have the best of weeks… (more…)

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

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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…

Russell Westbrook performs his own instant replay


VIDEO: Westbrook replay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Euro Step is a move NBA players utilize from time to time to zig-zag through traffic and get to the basket. We’ve seen it from everyone from Manu Ginobili to James Harden, and last night against the Grizzlies, Russell Westbrook broke it out to get to the hoop. Not only did it get Westbrook a bucket, but Westbrook then performed his own instant replay of the move right there on the court…

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