Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’

Russell Westbrook introduces line of sunglasses

Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder ? Game One

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few years ago, I wrote a short profile of Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook for GQ magazine. At the time, Westbrook was just starting to make a name for himself off the court as a fearless dresser, a trend that has continued unabated.

As part of the interview I did with Russ, I asked him about his penchant for wearing glasses…

GQ: But you had to know those red glasses were going to get some attention.
Russell Westbrook: Well, see, I didn’t. I don’t really pay no mind to it. I kind of just see it, and I get it. If I like it, I’ll wear it regardless of what’s going on or if somebody says something or not.

GQ: When you wear those glasses, do they have lenses in them or no?
Russell Westbrook: No, no, nine times out of ten, no. Some of them do, but not most of them, no.

GQ: Do you need glasses?
Russell Westbrook: Nah. I have the best vision.

And now, regardless of your vision, you too can wear glasses just for the style of it, as Russell Westbrook has introduced his own line of sunglasses. Westbrook has started with ten different styles at Westbrook Frames. They are high quality, and prices run from $95 up.

Perhaps they are more fashion-forward than you’re used to, but maybe they’re exactly what you need to look good. As Westbrook himself might ask, “Why not?”

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Kevin Durant answers fan questions on Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s the summer, it’s late at night, you’ve got nothing better to do, so if you’re the reigning MVP, Kevin Durant, why not go on Twitter and answer some questions from your fans?

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Kevin Durant shows off innovative jump shot


VIDEO: Durant Interview

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the video above, I asked Kevin Durant how he could improve his game after the historic season he just completed, in which he won the MVP. He answered the question, but he didn’t mention that it might include debuting a 360 jumper.

Well, I don’t actually think we’ll see KD use this in a game, but he did post an Instagram video of an innovative drill to help his balance. As KD wrote in the caption: “My brother @aharri21 has me doing some sick stuff for my balance. Challenging to say the least. This is the last video I will be posting of me gettin it in. That’s not what I do it for but I thought u guys might like it.”

All Ball Talk Show: Kevin Durant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder may have lost in the Western Conference Finals, but it shouldn’t detract from KD’s historic season — he was first-team All NBA and, of course, was named the NBA’s MVP. Last week at the debut of the Nike KD 7 in Washington DC, I caught up with Durant to talk about his season, his MVP speech, and what the future holds.


VIDEO: All Ball KD

Who’s the baddest? Might just be KD

By Jeff Case

Kevin Durant‘s season ended without him leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals, but 2013-14 was by no means a disappointment individually for the wiry forward. He claimed his first NBA MVP and showed time and again he could lead OKC as his All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook dealt with a myriad of injuries all season.

The last time we saw KD in a commercial was his ubiquitous (some might say bothersome) Sprint ad where he turns into a giant and then blasts off. Pretty cool … but not as cool as his latest commercial, which comes courtesy of Nike Basketball. The premise?

Who’s the baddest player in the NBA today?

Great cameos throughout by NBA legends like George Gervin, Chris Mullin and Charles Oakley, to name a few …

Serge Ibaka goes kayaking

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Ever want to get away from it all? It’s the summer, the NBA season is dunzo, and we’re still over a week away from the NBA draft. So if you want to get away, it looks like Thunder forward Serge Ibaka found the perfect place to do so, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Plop down in that kayak and go, Serge, go.

(via TNLP)

Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world

2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On last week’s Hang Time Podcast, we had Thunder big man Nick Collison as a guest, and I asked him who would win in a no-holds-barred tables, ladders and chairs match between his teammates Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams. Nick basically refused to answer my question — a smart move when faced with a no-win situation — but did allow regarding Adams’ mind that it may be “a little dark in there.”

Adams finished his rookie season last week with a reputation as something of an instigator — he was constantly getting tangled up with opponents — and in his exit interview with the Oklahoma City media, he confirmed his place in my pantheon of the NBA’s most interesting players by dropping all kinds of awesome quotes. Some of my favorites…

• “What surprised me? Probably the biggest thing is the private planes. Wow, that thing’s amazing. Got all the food on there, a bunch of drinks. I don’t know, It’s just amazing, never seen nothing like it. Tables, tables on planes, that’s amazing.”

• “Then he just yelled at me: ‘I’m the only silverback!’ I was like ‘What the…?’ So that was a big check, it was like, ‘We got some animals in the NBA.'”

• “I don’t like people not liking me. I like to think I’m a likable guy.”

• “I got a lot of restaurants I like to eat at, smash out some food.”

• “But the weather here is ridiculous. The winter is like, I was sliding around everywhere, it’s really cold. Like thunderstorms, it’s so hot. I was like, ‘Oh, man’. I don’t want to say it sucks, but it’s borderline.”

Takewaways? I got two…

1. Someone should start a Steven Adams blog called “Tables On Planes.”

2. Steven Adams is the most interesting man in the world.

Big men on Thunder, Spurs get animated (literally)

By Jeff Case

The Spurs-Thunder series is all tied up after OKC’s 105-92 rout in Game 4. One of the key stories in the West finals (of late, anyway) has been how Thunder coach Scott Brooks has changed up his rotations to give youngsters like Steven Adams, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb more burn. Adams’ increased role has come at the expense — at times — of Thunder stalwart big man Kendrick Perkins.

And, Adams has made quite a name for himself in the playoffs with his physical play around the basket (Perkins is traditionally no slouch in this department, either).

Internet artist Chris Edser decided to pay a bit of a homage to the physical play of that OKC big man duo with two animated GIFs:

Edser also made one for Spurs legendary big man Tim Duncan, who has a bit of a history himself of being in disbelief whenever he’s called for a foul:

You can find more of Edser’s NBA work on his Tumblr site, Ron Artist.

(h/t BallisLife.com)

 

Kevin Durant gives his shoes to Bubba Watson

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There were several celebrities in attendance last night in Los Angeles for Game 6 between the Clippers and the Thunder. But when the game ended, to whom did Kevin Durant trot over and hand off his game worn shoes? Bubba Watson, the two-time (and defending) Masters champ.

For a little added intrigue, it’s probably worth noting that Watson is an avowed fan and friend of Chris Paul, and he’s even thrown some alley-oops to Blake Griffin. Looks like KD might be working his way into Watson’s framily plan…


VIDEO: KD gives shoes to Bubba

(via PGA.com)

Russell Westbrook almost runs over Clippers mop girl

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Nobody said being an NBA ballboy was an easy job. Just two months ago we saw a ballboy in Brooklyn show great hustle when he nearly got run over by Tyler Hansbrough. Yesterday in Los Angeles, during the Clippers/Thunder game, a similar situation almost came to pass. As you can see in the GIF below from @JDonSports, after Russell Westbrook ripped the ball from Chris Paul, he took off to the other end of the floor, where a Clippers attendant was still mopping up the court. She noticed in time and managed to get out of there, dragging the mop behind her. Again, great hustle. (Also, check out the sneaky shove DeAndre Jordan delivers to his teammate CP3 to get him out of the way in case there’s a rebound to grab.)

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(via FTW)