Slowly, as students from Oklahoma City’s Centennial Mid-High School shot hoops and stretched, one head turned at a time toward the door of their gymnasium.
Slowly, they all realized that Thunder players Kevin Durant, James Harden and Royal Ivey had just walked into their school.
The three players joined students as they took part in Tuesday’s Thunder Fit Clinic, presented by Homeland, to help instill in them good fitness habits, knowledge of nutrition and a passion for basketball.
“It’d have been a dream for me to have an NBA player teach me the game,” Durant said as he led the students in dribbling and shooting drills. “Playing the game right is how it starts. Whatever you learn after that is a plus.”
All three players emphasized the need for young basketball players to work on the basic skills of the game.
Recently KD, traveled to the Philippines to play in a couple of exhibition games with some fellow NBA players. Some of the players that participated in the game with KD included Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and KD’s own teammate James Harden. Here’s a highlight play between KD and James that set the crowd on fire!
KD has joined the Skullcandy NBA Crew. Skullcandy will be releasing some NBA themed headphones throughout the season, and KD will be helping promote the products along with his Thunder teammate James Harden, his USA Basketball teammates Andre Iguodala and Derrick Rose and fellow All-Star Deron Williams. This partnership is perfect for KD, as he has a love for music and has made a hobby out of producing beats. Here’s the press release from the Skullcandy team:
Dubbed “The Skullcandy Crew”, this instant All-Star team consists of: Thunder SF Kevin Durant, Jazz PG Deron Williams, Bulls PG Derrick Rose, Thunder SG James Harden and Sixers SG Andre Iguodala.
With teams in surf, skate, snow and several other action sports, it only made sense to broaden the Skullcandy Family to cover the NBA, further cementing the bond between music and athletes.
Skullcandy will be actively supporting charity events with each Crew member and will have exclusive access to behind the scenes action starring our NBA Crew. Whether it’s taking over our Twitter account, hanging with Snoop backstage, or dropping beast with the Roc Nation family, the Skullcandy Crew will give you the courtside view into the life of some real ballers.
The Skullcandy Crew kicked off its existence at the Palms Casino resort in Las Vegas this summer with photo shoots, a Crew dinner and a party featuring a performance by Wale. Look for NBA signature headphones to drop throughout the season, and look for the Crew to be draped in Skullcandy gear all year long.
Visit www.skullcandy.com/nba-crew to see photos and videos of the SkullCandy Crew.
What’s good everyone? James Harden, myself and my folks from Nike are on a mini tour of China right now. Like I promised, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m checking in with you guys from the other side of the globe, which is pretty crazy when you think about it.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m over here promoting my shoes and getting acquainted with as many basketball fans as I can, just getting to know who they are and telling them all about the Thunder. I just want to put our name out there a little bit more and also experience something new, and this is the perfect way to do it. I think this will be a good thing for me, the Thunder and my sneakers and hopefully everything goes well. I had a lot of fun over here last year, when I went to Hong Kong.
This year IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be signing autographs and maybe shooting a few hoops, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more about getting close and personal with the fans, just spending time with them, you know?
As far as the food goes, I love Chinese food and I want to try some new things over here. As long as it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make me sick! James has never been here so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been cool to take it all in with him. My dadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s here, too, and when we arrived to Beijing the other day we all went out to eat at this really nice restaurant called Domus.
But right now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still trying to get acclimated to the time change. It takes almost a day to travel here, and there’s a 12 hour time difference from D.C. By the time this goes up on my site for everyone in the States, I’ll probably be sleeping.
Here are some photos from the trip so far. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll try to post some more pictures and some video from my trip soon. If you’re in China and interested in keeping track of my tour, make sure you check out Nike Basketball’s RenRen Page.
Anyhow, I’ll hit y’all later. THUNDER UP!
This season, Thunder players James Harden, Jeff Green and Thabo Sefolosha treated local families in need to food shopping sprees and gift cards as part of an ongoing Thunder initiative in partnership with Homeland Stores. Thunder forward Kevin Durant joined his teammates’ efforts this month by taking a 25-year-old single woman and sole caretaker of her six nieces and nephews, ages 7 months to 7 years, on a Homeland shopping spree. Durant also provided the family with a $500 gift card for future grocery purchases.
In an effort to support Oklahoma City residents experiencing financial hardship, the deserving families are selected with the help of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Salvation Army of Oklahoma.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good everyone? Just checking in to tell you about my trip to the movies on Saturday night. Some of my teammates and I went to check out the new horror movie, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Crazies,Ã¢â‚¬Â and I just wanted to give you my two cents on it.
It was kind of like a new-age zombie movie about a disease taking over a town and taking over most of the people. Only a couple of people got out alive, and I think an army quarantined the whole city and shut off the highways. It was intense Ã¢â‚¬” a lot of blood. It was cool how it ended, but I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t spoil it for you.
I usually donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t watch scary movies by myself. I usually watch them with a friend or a teammate or someone. I saw this one with James, Jeff and Eric. We just went to the theater at a local mall and since it was a Saturday night it was real crowded. Obviously, we were some of the tallest people there so they were asking if we played ball. We just sat in the middle back row so we could see everything. But as far as scary movies go, sometimes you just want to see something intense, and I get that feeling watching scary movies. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how I felt yesterday. It was definitely something I would recommend for people to go see.
If you saw it, or if you have any other good movies to recommend, let me know.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good everyone? Man, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been so busy down here in Dallas for All-Star Weekend, but I had to put up a blog to let you all know whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on with me being that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a first-time All-Star.
Well, I made my coaching debut tonight as an assistant for the Rookie team in the Rookie-Sophomore game, which the Rookies eventually won. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to give a shout out to my teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook. They both played well.
Obviously, this coaching gig was something new for me and I was excited to do it. Once they asked me to do it, it was a no-brainer. I was very happy to be a part of it and glad to see the rookies get a win. I know that Russell and James did some friendly trash talking before the game, but they really didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matchup against each other and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t call any plays.
But Russell, he played great, tremendous basketball. If they would have won, he would have gotten the MVP. But either way IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy.
And if you were watching the game on TV, you might have seen me all decked out in a black suit. It was a tailored suit that I got in L.A. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not often that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in a suit on the sideline, so it was nice to switch it up a bit.
Well, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna come back with another blog real soon about the media availability that the All-Stars had on Friday afternoon. I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t faced this many reporters and cameras since I was drafted. It was crazy.
Hit y’all later.