Check out episode 2 of KD’s web series “35th Hour”. In this episode, KD gives us an inside look at his off-season workout routine and his experience playing against Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul in the Goodman League v. Melo League showdown.
In addition to the second episode, KD also released a bonus feature explaining his thoughts on the episode:
Look out for more episodes of the 35th Hour in the very near future.
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.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good everyone? We’re in Denver for our game against the Nuggets tonight. We had a tough loss against LeBron and the Cavs last night. It would have been good to get that one at home, but now it’s time to move on to the next one.
College hoops is back in full swing, so how about we talk about some college hoops today?
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell Russell this, but I always wanted to go to UCLA. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know why. I always wanted to go to UCLA. That was a dream of mine. And once I started to get recruited, I was like, I hope UCLA calls. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where I wanted to go. But it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t turn out that way because they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d go all the way to the West Coast. But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the school I always liked. I liked watching them. I liked their colors. That kind of drew me to them as well. I was a big UCLA fan Ã¢â‚¬” the OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Bannons, Baron Davis, Earl Watson; I was a big Earl Watson fan, believe it or not.
Growing up near D.C., my godfatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brother used to work at the MCI Center (now the Verizon Center), where Georgetown played their home games. He would get us $10 tickets to see Georgetown play, and I would go a lot when I was in high school. I would go to any game no matter if they were playing Coastal Carolina or Pittsburgh. I just liked to watch. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where I started to see the different type of players develop into what we have now in the NBA, so that was good to go back then and kind of get a dose of the game and learn different parts of the game.
Now, with me and my Thunder teammates, since a lot of us arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too removed from college, we like to have bragging rights. I think my team is doing the best out of everybody so far. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re number 2 in the country. Actually NickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team is doing the best, Kansas, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re Number 1, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re Number 2 and I think weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have a battle at the end of the year, Kansas versus Texas at the end of the year, so weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see how that turns out.
I think the biggest surprise this season is UCLA not doing as good as they usually do, so we get to talk trash to Russ a little bit.
As far as Texas goes, my Longhorns are talented. I spent all summer there working with those guys. This is the most talented team that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had at Texas and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve watched teams before that went to the Final Four and the Elite Eight, and this is the most talented team there. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a matter of them putting everything together. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re such a good team and they can do a lot on the floor. The chemistry is there, they just have to get the experience. These first couple of games is where the young guys start to feel their way around and see how they need to play and the difference between high school and college, so it looks like theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to be pretty good.
Look out for Avery Bradley. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a freshman thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty good. So is our center Dexter Pittman. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also got a guy from Turkey named Dogus Balbay, who’s pretty good. I like his game a lot. And Damion James is kind of like the heart and soul, our leader. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been playing very well. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a tough test coming up against North Carolina, so weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to see how they fare out there.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m also a big fan of John Wall…a big fan! I had the privilege to watch him in the Jordan Classic last year after the season. He was such a humble kid, always talked about getting better and always put his teammates first. And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I liked, especially at a young age. Seventeen, 18 year old kids always thinking about Ã¢â‚¬Ëœall meÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœI need to scoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœI need to do thisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ but he was always team first and very humble and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to bring him a long way. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talented, man. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in love with his game.
As far as who else impresses me in college basketball, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a big guy on being versatile, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a big Evan Turner fan. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a 6-7 point guard for Ohio State. I like his game, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hurt. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had two triple doubles this season already. He hurt his back so heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s out for a while but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been putting up numbers, I think averaging a double-double with six assists. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rare in college but I like his game.
In terms of teams, KentuckyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good, of course. North CarolinaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a young team. Kansas is pretty good. Cole Aldridge, I think, is probably the best young center in the country. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a couple good teams out there. You also can’t forget about the sleepers like Butler, Western Kentucky and teams like that.
Lately IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been following John WallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s schedule because they play on TV a lot. I call it Ã¢â‚¬Å“The John Wall Show.Ã¢â‚¬Â ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the only team that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve really watched a lot. I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really gotten a chance to see my Horns play on TV because weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve maybe games and practice whenever they’re on, but of course IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to follow Texas. But every time John WallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on TV I make sure I tune in.
Man, I can talk about college basketball all day! So who are your favorite college teams and players? Who should I look out for this season? And who do you guys think are good enough to be National Champs? Let me know in the comments section.
Also, make sure to watch us take on Melo and the Nuggets tonight in Denver. I’ll be back with more posts later this week.
What’s good everybody? Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I hit the weights in the morning and then grubbed all day long.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure most of you already figured out that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a HUGE basketball junkie. I love to play and watch, and just because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m always busy hoopinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ with the Thunder doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t follow whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on throughout the League. I keep up on things through NBA.com and box scores.
So who do I think is playing well so far? Of course my teammates have impressed me. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re getting better as a team. But thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of other players who have looked good, too.
Of course superstars like LeBron, Kobe, D-Wade and Carmelo are having a good year. A lot of the rookies, Tyreke Evans, Jonny Flynn…theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all having a good year so far. Oh yeah, I can’t forget Brandon Jennings. He has definitely impressed me so far. 55 points in a game as a Rookie is just crazy.
We’re actually playing Brandon and the Bucks tonight on ESPN. It’s gonna be another tough game, but should be a lot of fun. The game starts at 8:30 pm OKC time. Make sure to check us out.
Alright, I’m out. But leave comments and tell me who you think is playing well this season.