OKC Loud Links: Simmering Summer End

The summer is winding down. The Olympics are in the rear view mirror, and Kevin Durant and his gang are looking to get back to work. At least right after James Harden's party winds down.

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SB Nation Free Agency Stream 2012

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My Time is Now | Daily Thunder

This interview is a few days old now, but I wanted to highlight Young's comment on how Durant's words should be interpreted. This statement that Durant made is entirely consistent with everything he's ever said about his team. He's not making a bold assessment of himself necessarily, but pushing back against all the naysayers who claim his team is not ready to take the next step.

Westbrook Interview on SportsCenter | NewsOK

SportsCenter caught up with Russell Westbrook and got his take on, among other things, how it felt to go to war with LeBron James a month after losing to him in the Finals.

Durant Can't Wait to Reunite With Teammates | NBA.com

Durant has had a memorable summer, helping lead Team USA to gold. However, as he reveals here, he is eager to get back to work with his teammates and continue the mountain climb to chase the NBA title.

Being or Doing | Hickory High

Levy takes a look at Carmelo Anthony and how he hopes his Olympic success will carry over to the regular season. I've always been a 'Melo guy, but the one thing that stood out to me during the Olympics that differentiates him from Durant is that KD's big scoring runs almost always came when the game was on the line. 'Melo's tended to come when Team USA was blowing the other team out.

Durant on Faith, Family, and Fame | Belief.net

Durant speaks openly about how he has tried to live out his faith in the NBA. He gives special credit to former Thunder player Kevin Ollie, whose footprint seems to be far greater than what he did on the court.

Lakers Are Best Team on Laker | HoopSpeak

The new-look Lakers are coming your way. And there's a lot of paper involved.

2013 Free Agents | SB Nation

Ziller is counting down the top free agents coming up this season, and the Thunder's own Daequan Cook makes the list at #47. As we noted in Cook's season-end grading, this is a make-or-break year for him in OKC. He's got to prove he's worth keeping for another contract, because there are a number of young guns (Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones III) who are looking to steal his playing time.

Who Should Host SNL? | NBA.com

Above all, you need a guy who has complete self awareness and an ability to communicate. My pick would definitely be Steve Nash. I mean, he could be selling me vitamins or water and I'd buy it.

Nets' New Stadium is Pricey, Rusty | Ball Don't Lie

Nothing like going to a brand new stadium and having it look like your 20 year old rusted out Chevette.

Yao Heads to Africa to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade | SB Nation

Yao Ming continues to be what Yao is - a caring and fascinating guy whom basketball is only a small part.

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