WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everyone? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a Texas Longhorn all the way! As usual, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re playing unbelievable. Their defense is Grade A. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing everything they need to be doing right now. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what great teams do. Hopefully theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make it far. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really pulling for them and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to keep pushing.
As far as other teams go, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a big fan of Duke and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been trying to watch every game.
One of my childhood friends is Duke Guard, Nolan Smith. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve known him since I was 9, 10 years old, when we first started playing against each other. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 NolanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s having a phenomenal year and hopefully heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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? WhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your early favorite heading into the Tournament? Let me know in the comments section.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everyone? Hopefully you all have been well. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re coming off a really nice win Wednesday over the Houston Rockets and now weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got the defending champion Lakers in town on Friday.
But of course the Big Dance is back again tonight and this weekend, so I figured IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d talk a little college hoops here.
First off, I did have a chance to watch a few games last weekend, and I saw some pretty good ones. Two of the best ones I was able to see were Villanova-St. MaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and Maryland-Michigan State. Of course, I saw my Texas Longhorns lose in the first round, and that was a real tough loss. But overall, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a real fun tournament. Of course, whoever filled out a bracket, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all messed up now because Kansas lost. That shows how good each team that makes the tournament is and how every game is key.
A lot of players have caught my eye, too, aside from the obvious guys like John Wall, Evan Turner and DeMarcus Cousins. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jimmer Fredette from BYU, he had a great tournament. Omar Samhan from St. MaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s having a great tournament. Jordan Crawford played really well for Xavier. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of guys. Jacob Pullen is playing very well. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great group of guys and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be fun to see what they can do for their teams this weekend.
As far as the Sweet Sixteen goes, I really want to see Cornell and Kentucky. A lot of people are already writing Cornell off but I think they might have the right tools to go to the Final Four. I also want to see Northern Iowa play, too. I like the underdogs so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cool for a small school to be up in the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight.
And if I had to choose any favorites, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got to be Kentucky or Syracuse. Those two have a good chance to win it and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be cool to see a group of young guys like Kentucky win it all or Syracuse as well. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be fun to watch and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to it.
Who do y’all have this weekend? Did anyone pick Northern Iowa to upset Kansas? Let me now in my comments section.
New colorways of the Kevin Durant’s Nike Zoom KD II sneaker keep being released. Here’s an update on a couple of new colorways and where you can find them.
The white blue and midnight navy colorway and the black and varsity red versions of the KD II are both now available on Nike’s online store. Here’s a look at the colorways:
As well, a University of Texas inspired burnt orange version of the Nike Zoom KD II will be released at Footlocker House of Hoops Locations this Saturday March 27th. Here’s a look at the shoes:
One you pick up a pair of KD II’s make sure to send a photo of yourself holding the shoes and we’ll feature them in the KD II sightings section of the site. You can send your photos to KD35Sightings [at] gmail.com.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everyone? Well, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re back on the road again with two more games to go before the All-Star break, although it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be much of a break for me and you know I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have it any other way.
So the last time I blogged I had just gotten back from watching my Longhorns beat OSU in Stillwater, and you know it really had me thinking about my year at Texas and how IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been going back to school every summer since I left for the NBA. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just something about college that keeps me going back.
First off, I love the environment of a school setting, especially in college. I went to a small high school and graduated with 30 people at Montrose Christian. There were just 100 people in the whole school. It was small and I liked it. We never had a football team, never had a baseball team, so at Texas I got to see other sports, I went to every football game and got to see people that I normally wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see every day.
So these last two summers have been cool just to be back in a school setting first of all, and getting my degree is something IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always wanted to do. Nobody in my family has ever done it. My brother is the closest and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one thing I want to do. My mom wants me to do it so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to fulfill my momÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dreams. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also just cool to get back down there and see the guys and workout with them as well.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going for a degree in education and I usually take about two classes each summer. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve moved up every year and have thought about maybe staying the whole summer to take four classes, two in the first session and two in the second session but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see how that goes. I have a long way to go but hopefully all I have is time.
I actually have to start thinking about what classes IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be taking soon. Last year I picked them out during the season. I just talk to my academic advisor that helped me out when I was there. She does a great job of getting classes ready for me. Sometimes I do it right before I go down there. I just have to go online and register. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been cool because sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been helping me pick out some good classes.
And whenever I go back to school I always stay at Justin MasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s apartment. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on the basketball team and has an apartment off campus. Staying at a hotel would have been a waste of money and not the smartest thing to do. And plus weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had some fun times, like we were roommates again because we were roommates my freshman year. We were basically suitemates, so we just shared a bathroom. You never get too big time to sleep on a couch or a floor or even an air mattress, so thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how I looked at it. I actually had two air mattresses and put them together. You might not believe me but it was pretty comfortable. It was something different but it was all worth it.
I just treat it like I was a college student. I go to class with everyone. I go to study hall with everyone. No one treats me like, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœoh, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s KD he plays in the NBA.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I just go about my business and try to finish school.
And no, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t cook when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m back at college. I go out to eat every night!
Well, that brought back some college memories. How about you guys? You all still in college, going back or already graduated? And did everyone have a good living experience? Hit me up in my comments section.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everybody? Just checking in to tell you about my trip to Stillwater on Monday night to see my Texas Longhorns take on Ã¢â‚¬” and beat Ã¢â‚¬” Oklahoma State. It ended up being a great game and ESPN was even there.
I went to the game with my friends from home plus Russell Westbrook, Kyle Weaver, Jeff Green, James Harden and D.J. White. I just wanted to support my guys. It was a good game, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy I went. It was cool just to see them. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re people I really love and really care for, and it was especially good to see them do so well.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad I got to talk to them and see them in person, too. I got there right before tip-off so I saw them at halftime and after the game. I talked to Coach Barnes, asked him how he was doing and he said he was proud of me and just told me to continue to work. I really miss seeing those guys since I was there the whole summer and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to going back down there this summer.
As far as the atmosphere went, the fans were great and the student section was funny. I miss college a lot. I really, really miss it. Even though I was in OSU territory, no one really gave me a hard time. They really were just like, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhey how are you doing? Remember the game you played here a couple years back when it went to triple-overtime?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ It was just reminiscing. It was cool to have just friendly competition between myself and some Oklahoma State fans. Like I said, I was happy I went and hopefully IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll go to more games in the future.
Texas was No. 1 but they lost three out of the last five I think. But theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been playing well. Every team goes through a spurt where they lose a couple of games here and there. That happens and they go through that every year. I think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be alright. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a lot of talent on that team. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re deep. I was hoping to see them this weekend at OU but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be in San Francisco. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy I saw them. Seeing them once was better than not seeing them at all.
So what do you guys think of the college basketball season so far? Surprise teams or players, favorites to watch? Anyone a Longhorns fan? Let me know in the comments section.
We play the Hornets tonight in New Orleans. Make sure to send a prayer out for my bro Chris Paul. He injured his knee and I just want to see him healthy and back on the court as soon as possible.
Talk to you soon.
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.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everybody? I know itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a while since I checked in with you guys, but as you can see me and my Thunder teammates have been pretty busy lately.
We got a big win last night against the Grizzlies. I’m proud of us for not breaking down. Last year I think we would have backed down and fell into a corner after they took the lead and went up five, but we pushed back at them. It was a tough third quarter for us. I think we scored maybe eight or 10 points and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tough. Some teams donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bounce back from that. But the first half, we played a good first half and we played a good fourth quarter. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be times when we have tough stretches like that and thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be times when we bounce back from it and continue to stick with our plan and be poised.
And we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have much time to enjoy this one because weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got the Cavs coming to town tomorrow. Man, every day I look forward to every single game. Every game is a big game for us and I look forward to it. And trust me, the Cavs are much more than just Shaq and LeBron. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get me wrong, those players are great Hall of Fame players but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re more than just Shaq and LeBron. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be a tough test for us but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking forward to it.
I talk to LeBron every now and then. I know heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s busy with his season and I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to bother him too much but I talk to him. As much advice as I can get from him I try to so heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a great friend to me. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also got my friend from Texas on the Cavs, Daniel Gibson. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to chill for a little bit, see whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cool.
So are you guys going to watch us tomorrow night against the Cavs? If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in Oklahoma City you can watch it on local TV and if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re out of state, you can see it on the League Pass. Let me know in my comments section.