Check out the home and away colorways of the Nike Zoom KD III that Kevin has been wearing for the first round of the playoffs. You can pick up the colorways on Nikestore.com or by clicking the photos below. Stay tuned, as KD will also be wearing fan designed colorways of the KD III at some point in the playoffs.
TORONTO — Jerry Sloan, Kevin Durant and the Indiana Pacers media relations staff were honored today by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.
Sloan is the inaugural winner of the PBWA’s Rudy Tomjanovich Award, which is to be given annually to the NBA coach who best combines excellence in coaching and co-operation with the needs of the media.
“In his 23-year career, Jerry was unfailingly good with the media and his coaching accomplishments speak for themselves. We’re delighted to name him a unanimous winner of our first Rudy Tomjanovich Award,” said Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, the president of the PBWA.
In naming the award after Tomjanovich, the PBWA also honors an icon of the coaching industry and someone who understood the needs of the media and went out of his way to be helpful, respectful and accessible.
Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is the winner of the PBWA’s Magic Johnson Award, given annually to the player who combines on-court performance with steady co-operation with the media, in the same manner as Johnson did during his Hall of Fame career.
Durant was voted the winner over finalists Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.
“Kevin’s a uniquely skilled individual on the court and his willingness to accept the media responsibilities that go with his place in the game are valued by writers who cover the league,” said the PBWA’s Smith.
The Indianapolis media relations staff — Director David Benner, manager Krissy Myers and assistant Tim Edwards — are winners of the PBWA’s Brian McIntyre Award, named after the highly-respected former Senior Vice President of Basketball Communications for the NBA and currently the Senior Communications Advisor to NBA Commissioner David Stern.
Benner, Myers and Edwards were voted winners over the staffs of the Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Hornets.
“I think anyone who’s ever covered a game or an event involving the Pacers would tell you David and his staff are always more than willing to help facilitate the media’s needs. They are a gold standard among media relations staffs in the NBA,” said Smith.
The Professional Basketball Writers Association is comprised of more than 150 representatives of newspapers, websites, radio and television stations. It acts as a liaison between the teams, the league and the media in the day-to-day interaction necessary for the media to serve its readers.
The PBWA also administers the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given annually to the player who exhibits outstanding service and dedication to the community.
The winner will be announced as part of the NBA’s post-season awards schedule.
Kevin Durant walked into his postgame news conference following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game 1 victory over Denver and climbed to his seat atop a podium with three things in hand.
His cellphone, a pair of headphones and a Bible.
The first two, Durant has always carried. The third item was included only recently.
For the past 44 days, Durant, the Thunder’s two-time All-Star and reigning two-time scoring champ, has become a Bible-toting ballplayer. Since March 8, Durant has read passages each day from the black leather Bible he carries with his name engraved on the front cover.
Check out the latest colorway release of Kevin’s signature Nike Zoom KD III. The shoe is colored in Team Red with Del Sol and White trim. The shoe pays tribute to Kevin’s hometown of Washington D.C. (DMV area). Click on the photos to purchase the shoe at Kevin’s store on Nikestore.com.
A year after becoming the youngest scoring champ in the history of the NBA, Kevin Durant will win another scoring championship this season. KD averaged 27.7 points per game, finishing ahead of LeBron James (26.7 ppg) and Carmelo Anthony (25.6 ppg).
Leading the league in scoring for a second consecutive season puts Durant in elite company. KD is now only the 11th player in history to win back-to-back scoring titles. Others to reach the accomplishment include: Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, George Gervin, Bob McAdoo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Neil Johnston and George Mikan.
Three colorways of Kevin’s Nike Zoom KD III signature shoe have been marked down to $70 at Nikestore.com. Click on the photos below to purchase:
NEW YORK, April 11, 2011 – The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony today were named the Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 4, through Sunday, April 10.
Durant helped the Thunder to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Lakers in Los Angeles (first time since March 12, 2006) and the Nuggets in Denver (first time since March 28, 2007). Durant, the league’s leading scoring at 27.8 ppg, averaged 30.0 points and 6.8 rebounds on the week. At 54-26, the Thunder sits in fourth place in the Western Conference with two games to play, one game back of the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
Anthony led the Knicks to a 4-0 week, which included a 110-109 victory over Indiana on April 10 in which Anthony hit the game-winning shot and blocked Danny Granger’s potential game-winning shot on consecutive possessions. Anthony averaged 28.3 points and 9.5 rebounds to go along with 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals. Anthony shot .529 (18-of-34) from three-point range, and recorded two point-rebound double-doubles.
Here is a recap of the week for Anthony and Durant:
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
*April 5 @ Denver: Recorded 32 points and nine rebounds during a 101-94 win over the Nuggets.
*April 6 vs. L.A. Clippers: Tallied 29 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a 112-108 win over the Clippers.
*April 8 vs. Denver: Posted 28 points and seven rebounds in a 104-89 win over the Nuggets.
*April 10 @ L.A. Lakers: Totaled 31 points, four rebounds and two assists as the Thunder upended the Lakers 120-106 at Staples Center.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
*April 5 vs. Toronto: Tallied 23 points and nine rebounds in a 131-118 win over the Raptors
*April 6 @ Philadelphia: Posted 31 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 97-92 win over the 76ers.
*April 8 @ New Jersey: Collected 25 points and 14 rebounds in a 116-93 win over the Nets.
*April 10 @ Indiana: Totaled 34 points, four rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in a 110-109 victory over the Pacers.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Denver’s Ty Lawson, Detroit’s Rodney Stuckey, Golden State’s David Lee, Memphis’ Zach Randolph, Miami’s LeBron James and San Antonio’s Tony Parker.
What’s good everyone? It’s my goal to keep you all involved with everything I do, so I am going to start wearing some fan designed versions of my KD III signature shoes. I had a contest for fans to submit KD III NIKE iD designs to me on twitter and I picked a couple of those to wear during the playoffs. But on Sunday I’m going to be wearing a pair of shoes designed by a 12 year old fan at my Nike Basketball event at All-Star weekend. Let me know what you think.
P.S. And don’t say those are Lakers colors, because that is blue, not purple. Design your own pair of KD III’s HERE.
UPDATE: here’s a better shot without the flash…told you they were not Lakers colors!