Earlier this summer, Panini America launched their Panini HRX Video Trading Cards, featuring KD, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and John Wall. Each player has 10 of these cards randomly inserted into Panini 2010-11 Totally Certified Basketball packs. Now Panini has announced that the players listed above have one gold version of the HRX Autographed Video Trading Card that will be inserted randomly into 2010-11 Totally Certified Basketball packs. Here’s a look at KD’s Gold HRX Autographed Video Trading Card.
Find out more about KD’s Panini Trading cards at the Panini America Blog.
Yesterday, we told you about Kevin’s Nike Zoom KD IV signature shoe hitting NIKEiD on January 31st. Today it was announced that you will also be able to customize your own color palate for the popular Year of the Dragon KD IV on January 31st. Are you planning to customize a pair of KD IV Year of the Dragons on NIKEiD?
KD and the Thunder won their second straight game, defeating the visiting Detroit Pistons in OKC on Monday.
KD had 20 points (on 9-13 shooting), 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 29 minutes of play. Russell Westbrook and James Harden finished with 24 points a piece.
The 14-3 Thunder stay home and will remain in OKC and take on the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
UPDATE: The Nike Zoom KD IV is currently available on NIKEiD HERE.
On January 31st, Kevin’s Nike Zoom KD IV signature shoe will be hitting NIKEiD. Here’s a preview of what you can expect. Do you plan on customizing a pair for yourself?
On Saturday night, KD and the Thunder bounced back from their Wednesday night loss against the Washington Wizards, beating the New Jersey Nets 87-84.
KD finished the game with 20 points (on 9-22 shooting), 15 rebounds and 3 assists. The Thunder now head home to take on the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
The second ballot returns from the 2012 NBA All-Star Voting came in yesterday and KD is currently leading all Western Conference Forwards in voting. He is second in overall voting in the Western Conference, behind Kobe Bryant, and 4th Overall in voting across the league, behind Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose. Keep voting for KD daily for all-star by texting DURANT to 69622 or by visiting NBA.com/ASB.
Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 973,152; Blake Griffin (LAC) 619,913; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 354,434; Pau Gasol (LAL) 327,596; Kevin Love (Min) 232,656; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 188,829; Tim Duncan (SA) 133,575; Lamar Odom (Dal) 96,080; Metta World Peace (LAL) 63,055; Danilo Gallinari (Den) 59,646.
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,110,379; Chris Paul (LAC) 835,026; Ricky Rubio (Min) 248,423; Steve Nash (Pho) 188,537; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 167,996; Kyle Lowry (Hou) 132,972; Monta Ellis (GS) 105,926; Manu Ginobili (SA) 79,821; Jason Kidd (Dal) 79,783; Chauncey Billups (LAC) 73,429.
Centers: Andrew Bynum (LAL) 777,365; DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 214,883; Marc Gasol (Mem) 182,992; NenÃª (Den) 144,066; Marcin Gortat (Pho) 92,511; Kendrick Perkins (OKC) 66,380.
Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 972,580; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 779,945; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 281,617; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 268,980; Chris Bosh (Mia) 209,640; Luol Deng (Chi) 166,671; Paul Pierce (Bos) 145,077; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 101,612; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 93,456; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 80,694.
Guards: Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,040,210; Dwyane Wade (Mia) 972,015; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 394,672; Ray Allen (Bos) 274,233; Deron Williams (NJN) 143,941; Jose Calderon (Tor) 84,881; Richard Hamilton (Chi) 64,757; John Wall (Was) 61,160; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 53,300; Joe Johnson (Atl) 40,718.
Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,161,797; Joakim Noah (Chi) 141,683; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 107,735; Joel Anthony (Mia) 67,210; JaVale McGee (Was) 41,249; Al Horford (Atl) 35,860.
Today in New York City, KD was part of the launch for Nike’s new NIKE+ FuelBand product. FuelBand is an innovative wristband that tracks movement throughout the day, designed to motivate and inspire users to be more active.
The ergonomic NIKE+ FuelBand captures and displays four different metrics: time, calories, steps and NikeFuel – a new metric that will be the ultimate measure of your athletic activity. NikeFuel is a proprietary technology that measures your activity through the movement of your wrist. NikeFuel motivates athletes to do more with a NikeFuel score that makes movement fun, meaningful and comparable, letting you compete with athletes of all levels in most activities. The more you move, the more NikeFuel you earn, whether you’re playing basketball, throwing a Frisbee or going for a run.
Nike worked with some of the world’s top experts in science and sports to engineer NikeFuel algorithms based on oxygen kinetics. Unlike calorie counts â€” which vary based on someone’s gender and body type â€” NikeFuel is a normalized score that awards all participants equal scoring for the same activity regardless of their physical makeup. A user can also choose to also receive a calorie count to understand how many calories are burned versus how much NikeFuel is earned.
As part of the launch for the product, KD was featured in the NIKE+ FuelBand “Counts” spot and on hand in New York for the launch event with Nike athletes Carmelita Jeter and Lance Armstrong. KD said he’ll wear the FuelBand while practicing — and possibly during NBA games.
“I love it. I’m a competitive person. So being able to match my scores up with all my friends and fellow athletes from around the world, that’s going to be fun.”
Here’s a look at the “Counts” Spot KD is featured in as part of the launch
The Washington Wizards snapped the Thunder’s seven game winning streak, winning 105-102. KD finished the game with 33 points (on 10 of 24 shooting), 8 rebounds and 2 assists, but also had 7 turnovers.
After the game KD tweeted: “Tough loss, move on and learn from it!! Keeping it positive!”
The Thunder now head to New Jersey to take on the Nets on Saturday.
While in Boston earlier this week, The Oklahoman asked KD about Jeff Green, who is missing the season after undergoing heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. Here’s what KD had to say about his friend and former teammate:
“I dedicate the season to him. Jeff is a positive person. I learned so much from him. No matter what, he stays positive through the toughest times. He’s still smiling and laughing and enjoying himself. It’s tough to go through what he went through, and I pray for him every single day. But he knows that he’s going to get back better and stronger. I can’t wait for that day. I know he can’t wait.”
Jeff and KD have been friends since they were teenagers growing up in the D.C. area. They entered the league together in 2007, playing for the Seattle Supersonics before the team moved to OKC, where they played two and a half seasons together. Jeff was traded to the Celtics last year as part of the Kendrick Perkins deal.
Keep Jeff in your thoughts and Prayers.