My Nike Livestream Highlights

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What’s good Everyone? Check out these video highlights from my Nike livestream event during all-star weekend. The show was hosted by my bro Mike Epps. Mike is hilarious. He had us all cracking up backstage before the show.

If you feel like checking out the full show, you can see it all here.

Thanks to everyone that came out for the event and everyone that watched the event live on Facebook!

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My Favorite Athletes Today

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What’s going on everyone? We had another tough game against the Lakers yesterday. We were right there with them late in the game, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way at the end. We just have to give those guys credit and use it as a learning experience.

While most of the sports talk on here is about basketball and my team, I do have love for a lot of other sports and athletes. People on Twitter have asked me who my favorite athletes are outside of my Thunder teammates and I’ve got a few I’m gonna share with you.

I consider Mike Vick, Derrick Rose, Troy Palamalu and Wayne Rooney my favorite athletes today. So yeah, I have a few. I’m just another sports fan who likes to see athletes make unbelievable plays and how they make plays look so easy from just using their God-given abilities. I think that’s phenomenal.

Derrick Rose, just how high he can jump for such a small guy, how quick he is. Wayne Rooney, just how fearless he is, how small he is, but he gets the job done out there. I had a chance to meet him this summer as well when I was out in Las Vegas. I didn’t know too much about soccer until someone told me that was Wayne Rooney, one of the best soccer players in the world. So I looked him up, followed him after that and became a big fan of his ever since. And Mike Vick, after everything he’s been through, to comeback and lead that team to the playoffs and have a great, MVP-type of a season. And Troy Palamalu does it year in and year out. He always manages to anchor that Steelers defense. So I really like those guys for what they bring to their sport and their team.

How about you guys? Who are your favorite athletes today?

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My New Gatorade Prime Commercial

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What’s good everyone? We have a tough game tonight against the Magic, so make sure you check us out tonight.

You might have caught this during the All-Star game, but just in case, I wanted to share my new Gatorade G Series Prime Commercial with y’all. How many of you use G Series 01 Prime before you workout or play ball? It’s become part of my game day routine! Let me know what some of your game day or pre-workout routines are in the comments section!

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Our 2010 FIBA World Championship Ring

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What’s good everyone? Check out the new Tiffanys ring me and my Team USA bros received for winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship tournament. I picked mine up during a ceremony at All-Star Weekend at the Tiffanys in Beverly Hills. Months later and this still feels so good!

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Talking College Hoops

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What’s going on everyone? It’s been a crazy week for me after All-Star Weekend, the All-Star Game and getting right back in the grind of the NBA season. We had a good win against the Clippers on Tuesday, but then came up a bit short in the final minutes against the Spurs last night. We had some good looks at the end of the game last night, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way.

Enough NBA talk for now. Let’s talk college hoops for a little bit.

Y’all know I’m a Texas Longhorn all the way! As usual, I’ve been keeping a close eye on my boys this season. I know they had a tough loss to Nebraska over the weekend but other than that they’re playing unbelievable. Their defense is Grade A. They’re doing everything they need to be doing right now. That’s what great teams do. Hopefully they’ll make it far. I’m really pulling for them and they’ve got to keep pushing.

As far as other teams go, I’m actually a really big Duke fan. Playing for Coach K this summer really put in perspective what type of coach he is, what type of team he has. I’m a big fan of Duke and I’ve been trying to watch every game.

One of my childhood friends is Duke Guard, Nolan Smith. I’ve known him since I was 9, 10 years old, when we first started playing against each other. He’s having a phenomenal type of year! A Player of the Year type of year, First Team All-American type of year…so he really deserves a lot of credit. I think a lot of people are forgetting about him with all these young freshmen coming in. But Nolan’s having a phenomenal year and hopefully he’s able to cap off a great season.

I know Jimmer Fredette of BYU is having a heck of a season, too, and I actually know him a bit as well. This past summer he was at my camp and also played with the Select squad against the U.S.A. team and he held his own, so hopefully he has a great season as well.

So who do you all like in college hoops right now? Who’s your early favorite heading into the Tournament? Let me know in the comments section.

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Checking in from All-Star Weekend

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What’s going on everyone? I’m out here in L.A. for the NBA All-Star Weekend and things are really starting to pick up. I just wanted to say that I’m so blessed to be an All-Star for another season and even more blessed that you all voted me in as a starter.

A lot of people have been asking me what I’m looking forward to the most about All-Star Weekend, and really I’m just excited about going out there and playing in the All-Star Game. That’s the best part about it. Watching the game for so many years growing up, to finally be a starter is a great feeling, especially on one of the biggest stages and in one of the best cities in the world in Los Angeles. It should be a lot of fun.

But I’m sure you might know that this weekend is more than just playing basketball. A lot of people think you just show up for the game and play but it’s not like that. You can get your schedule months in advance but of course once you get in here there’s stuff you want to do for your sponsors and endorsement opportunities. But it comes with it. It’s something you’ll deal with for two or three days just to say you’ve been a part of it. I’m blessed to be in so many great positions.

I’ve already been to a Foot Locker store, a Nike store and a Skull Candy party, and that was just on Thursday. Today’s going to be just as busy except I’ll be talking to the media and practicing. I’ll hit you up tomorrow morning with my thoughts on the Dunk Contest and 3-Point Contest.

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End of the Year Pigskin Talk

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What’s good everyone? It’s coming down to the final hours of 2010! We have a game tonight against a tough Atlanta Hawks team, so make sure you check us out.

Beyond the New Year, you know what else is going on…the college football bowl season and the NFL Playoffs.

Now I’m not going to really get into it because neither of my teams are going to be playing for a championship. My Texas Longhorns had a hard season and so did my hometown Redskins.

Those were two tough seasons. But you’ve got to go through the tough times to get to the better times and I know firsthand about that. Hopefully we’ll be alright next year. I watched the Redskins more than I watched my Longhorns this season. It was tough watching the Longhorns because we used to win almost every game every year. It’s tough to watch, but I still support them.

As far as the national title game goes, I’m going to go with Auburn. A quarterback is your guy. He leads the whole team and controls everything, so I’ll go with Auburn and Cam Newton.

Is anyone rooting for Oregon? And who do you have in the NFL Playoffs? Let me know in the comments section.

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All About Christmas

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What’s going on everyone? I hope you all had a very happy holidays. I know it’s been a minute since I last hit you all up on my blog, but ever since I returned from the World Championship in Turkey I’ve been in the zone. But I’m back for now, and since this is the holiday season I’m gonna dedicate today’s blog post to Christmas.

By far the best Christmas gift I got this year was a necklace from my mother. Not a choke chain, but it’s a small little chain that I can wear every day, all day. It’s not one of those big diamond chains, but a nice, silver, stainless steel one. It’s got a nice little cross on it. Ever since she gave it to me I’ve only taken it off when I play games or am at shoot arounds or practices. Other than that I won’t take it off.

I remember one year I was in fifth or sixth grade, and my mom told us she couldn’t afford to have Christmas for us. My brother was crying all morning. We liked getting up in the mornings and opening up gifts and when she told us that, throughout the whole day I realized that we couldn’t have a Christmas. So my grandma picked us up and took us to the movies to kind of cheer us up a little bit. And while we were at the movies my mom was getting everything together and wrapping gifts over my aunt’s house because we lived in an apartment. When she walked in the door I thought we were just going to have dinner, but I saw all these gifts under the tree for me and my brother and my mom kind of surprised us and caught us off guard and I was instantly happy. As a kid you always want to celebrate Christmas. You really don’t know too much about what really goes into it, more of the spiritual or religious part of it. My mom caught us right there and surprised us, so that was one of the best ones.

Aside from giving and receiving gifts, this was a special Christmas for me, my family and my Thunder family because we got to host a game. On top of that, all my teammates who are signed to Nike wore my new KD III sneakers. I know I’ve said it before, but it’s just a blessing just to have your own sneaker. Nobody can ever take that away from me, playing on Christmas, winning on Christmas, wearing your own shoes, it was a blessing. Kobe, LeBron and myself were the only Nike players to have their own special Christmas signature shoes, and to be in their company is something that every kid dreams of. To be one of the players to be recognized with a small thing like his shoes kind of brings it back to that I’ve got to continue working and continue pushing.

It’s also been a special holiday because I got to share it with a few of my younger cousins. They’re just wild, man. They wake up early in the morning and play games all day. This has been their time to sit around and chill. They go to school all week, play sports and do homework and just to be out here, they’re just relaxing, sleeping in, playing games all day. Stuff that can’t really do on a school night they’re doing here and to have Christmas away from their parents , watching basketball games, sitting on the floor, they can’t beat that. I’m happy they’re here. They brought us some good luck and I’m glad they experienced that.

So how was your Christmas? Did you get snow? What was the best present you received or gave this Christmas? Let me know in the comments section.

Take care…THUNDERUP!

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Staying Focused in Turkey

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What’s good everybody? I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but we’ve been pretty busy ever since we left New York City for overseas. If you’ve been following Team USA then you know we’ve been to Spain, Greece and now Istanbul, Turkey for the FIBA World Championship.

Obviously, it’s a little different out here but it’s been a great experience for me. It’s been fun hanging around with these great players. We’ve just really been hanging around each other so I don’t have any good lost-in-translation stories.

The fans here treat us the same though as the ones back in the States and like I said we really haven’t gone out too much to tell you the truth.

But the other day I did have a chance to go to a basketball court dedication in a town called Atasehir, which is in Istanbul. It was technically in Asia, so we actually crossed continents in about a half hour. It was cool, seeing a court dedicated in my name on the other side of the world. I’ll never forget that. After that we went to the Nike “Meydan” store in Istanbul, which really was about the same as any other Nike store back home.

As far as basketball goes, I’m just trying to be a little bit more focused, more locked in. That’s the difference. That’s why I haven’t been Tweeting or anything like that. I’m just trying to take a different approach because we’re out here on business. I do have my mother out here with me so that’s been nice. Other than that, I keep in touch with friends and family every so often.

The international crowds are a bit different out here, too. The arenas are smaller and it’s very loud in there but it’s pretty cool to play in. As the weeks have gone by I’ve started to get acquainted to the FIBA style of play and the officiating.

The knockout stage begins for us on Monday, so I’m very excited for that. It should be a lot of fun and a great challenge for us. Our practices have been really intense and focused. We’re just ready to play.

Make sure you keep up with Team USA during this final week of play. We’re aiming for the gold medal! I’ll probably talk to you guys after the tournament is done. In the meantime, hit me up in my comments section. Anyone been to Istanbul before?

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Getting Ready For Some International Hoops

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What’s going on everyone? I’m in Madrid, where me and the rest of the U.S. team will have two exhibition games to prep for the FIBA World Championship tournament later this month. We left for Spain from Newark yesterday afternoon, so we’ve been nonstop busy for the last week.

I’m really looking forward to this whole experience. It should be a lot of fun. I’ve never been to Europe, never been to Spain, never been to Turkey or Greece. I’m looking forward to that and just being able to interact and be around some of the best players in the league. Guys like Rudy Gay, Iguodala, Rajon, Lamar…just to be with those guys and learn, it’s going to be pretty cool and it’s going to help me.

This past weekend I got a chance to take part in the World Basketball Festival. I made a trip to Harlem over the weekend and made my first visit to Rucker Park, which was amazing. It was something I’ve been looking forward to seeing for a while. Y’all know how much I love street ball, so I definitely had fun while I was up there. There was some great talent up there. The MC on the microphone was pretty good, too. The crowd gets into the game and that gets me hyped as well. Hopefully I will get to play there soon. I’ll definitely try to get up there next summer and play.

After watching games at The Rucker, I went to the House of Hoops in Harlem, which is right across the street from the Apollo Theater. I’ve been to that House of Hoops a few times though, so I knew the area a little bit. People show me a lot of love in there. We had a nice turnout at the store, something like a hundred or so fans packed in a small place. It just shows that if I continue to work and continue to grow as a player people will start to recognize who we are. I think that playoff series against the Lakers helped as well just because people got to see us more on TV. It was pretty cool. I’m blessed to be a part of something like this and I’ll continue to be grateful.

Well, I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging while overseas, so if you don’t hear much from me just follow the U.S. team throughout the tournament. We’re gonna do our best to represent!

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