Welcome to Loud City, an Oklahoma City Thunder community
Stay connected for news and updates Follow @WTLC
Like us to subscribe
The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry files his final notes from the All-Star weekend:
Durant on reuniting with Harden: "Playing with him made me miss him a little bit. I’m happy he was an All-Star, especially in the city he plays in. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t want it to be over."
Harden on the reunion: "He just told me he missed me in the locker room again. I miss those guys as well. Just being with them every day. When you leave somewhere, you definitely are going to miss them. This weekend was good for us to see each other and catch up on good times."
Russell Westbrook finished up All-Star weekend with a bang
Kevin Durant continued to be one of the most impressive scorers in All-Star history, as he and the game's MVP Chris Paul led the West over the East.
Russell Westbrook had a chance to share a moment with Celtic legend Bill Russell before tonight's All-Star game. Westbrook is playing in his 3rd All-Star game, and Russell, well, he doesn't really need much context, but if you want some anyway, here you go. Suffice to say Mr. Russell is one of the most important athletes in American history.
Anyway, there are a hundred things that I can think of that I would hope that they would talk about, but mostly this image conveys one thing to me. Mr. Russell, gently holding Westbrook's arm and looking him in the eye, just wants Westbrook to listen to what he has to say.
Maybe it was something profound, maybe it was simply, "I hope you have a good game." For me though, there has to be some comfort and encouragement knowing that Russell cares enough to want to say something to a kid who desperately wants to leave his mark too.
Russell Westbrook and James Harden are teammates once again and get ready for the All-Star game.
Charles Barkley: "When you're great you can get away with all types of crazy fashion...Hey, what's all that writing on Russell Westbook's shirt? Can ya'll read that?"
Kenny Smith: "It says I shoulda bought a new shirt."
To explain the headline, Barkley, decidedly NOT a fashionista, used to put Vaseline in his...oy, I'll just let the TNT crew explain.
On my television, Karl Malone just revealed that Charles Barkley used to store Vaseline in his navel to apply to his lips. #cantmakethisup— Matthew Spolar (@mattspolar) February 16, 2013
"There is nothing worse than a black man w/crusty lips"-Charles Barkley on why he kept Vaseline in his belly button.Hilarious!!! WDE! Lmao— Takeo Spikes (@TakeoSpikes51) February 16, 2013
Russell Westbrook toned it down on Day 2...a bit
The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry covers the high points of day 2 of All-Star weekend.
"Man, I just love the guy. It's certain guys that I admire. He's one of those guys that is just a flat out talent. He's so fast and so explosive. I sit around sometimes in the barbershop and listen to these guys talking about ‘Man, Westbrook shoot too much.' I say, ‘Dude, that's what he does. He shoots the ball. Y'all don't complain when all these other guys shoot the ball.' They like, ‘Nah, he need to give it to Durant.' Durant the leading scorer in the league. I say ‘he must be giving him the ball sometimes.' But I love the guy. I hope he continues to be successful, because he definitely has the potential to be one of the best point guards ever."
More from Horry on whether people are just stuck in the past when it comes to the role of point guards: "I think that's it. I think it's a lot of old school stuff that people don't want to get rid of. They always used to a point guard being a facilitator. Everybody wants (point guards) to be Steve Nash, Jason Kidd. Those guards are gone by the wayside just like big men. There aren't enough big men out there anymore. You may have one, two or three guys. But now, guys are just basketball players. They can just flat out do everything. They can score, they can shoot, they can pass, they can do it all."
The Raptors rookie Terrance Ross made a splash at All-Star weekend, taking home the slam dunk crown.
Kyrie Irving, wunderkind extraordinaire, won his first NBA All-Star 3-point shootout, and it was the first time he's entered. Actually, almost every time Kyrie does something amazing, it's the first time he's done it because he's only a 2nd year guard and has yet to turn 21.
We got to see "Mr. 4th Quarter" himself a few weeks ago when Irving almost single-handedly defeated the Thunder in Cleveland. The kid is unflappable and loves pressure moments. In the first round, Irving nearly got knocked out. He was on his 2nd to last rack sitting on a score of 11 with the moneyball in his hands (worth 2 points instead of 1) and he needed to get to 18 to advance. The moneyball bounced...bounced...and dropped in, and then Irving proceeded to get 5 points on the final rack to advance. Uncle Drew, well done.
Russell Westbrook's squad put up a great first round time but could not defeat Team Bosh in the finals.
GQ has recruited Kevin Durant to be the man on the scene at this year's All-Star extravaganza.
Russell Westbrook and James Harden have already made a scene at the All-Star weekend. Harden has the good fortune of being the home town hero, but Westbrook is not getting upstaged in the fashion department. GQ is tracking their action and were present when Russ and Harden showed off their Day 1 duds.
A fashion bug I am not, so I can't even begin to paraphrase this:
[T]ogether, both Harden and Westbrook taught the fans an import style lesson of high and low. Harden, in his backyard of Houston, TX, has worn nothing but Christian Louboutin sneakers since the all-star festivities kicked off. Even to the Houston Foodbank to do community service. We won't broadcast the price of his sneakers—"Gentlemen's" Quarterly, know?—but chances are your girlfriend has asked for a pair and after looking at the price online you went the sentimental route. No shame in that, fellas. However, Wild Wild Westbrook as we affectionally call him, chose more accessible duds by sporting a camel knit blazer from Zara.
So, Christian Louboutin, eh? Cool, I guess. But "Wild Wild Westbrook?"
I'm a huge fan of All-Star Saturday Night. In fact, I probably pay more attention to the Shooting Stars contest than I do to the second quarter of some Thunder matchups. And with this year's East vs. West competition, things will be better than ever!
Harden gives some great insight into his time in OKC as well as what he considers his crowning basketball moment.
Is it strange being back on the same team as Westbrook and Durant?
"Nah, it's not strange. It was strange when I played in Oklahoma City. When I was in a Houston uniform playing in Oklahoma City, that was strange. This will be more jokes and smiling and just enjoying each other's company."
How special is your relationship with Durant and Westbrook?
"It's very special. We were together all summer, in London, having fun, laughing. And then we got split up. But we're back together and it seems like we never left each other. We're brothers. Simple as that. We're always going to be brothers."
Would you describe sitting here as an All-Star as your "Mama-I-made-it" moment?
What would that be?
"Winning a gold medal."
Abbott: "We're going to have a competition to see who is fastest with the ball down the court. Who do we need to invite to this contest?"
Abbott: "Who is going to win?"
In terms of horizontal explosiveness, maybe. However, if you combine that with the vertical plane, I don't think Wall holds a candle to Westbrook.
Darnell Mayberry is covering the Thunder in Houston, so be sure to follow his daily notes. Some of the best comments from Day 1:
- Pretty significant statement from Russell Westbrook in his media session today. “I think it’s very important to be able to stay with one team and stay with a great organization like we have and be able to do things like this. It’s a blessing.”
- Apparently, Westbrook used to play tennis. Seriously. That’s what he said today.
- Durant didn’t put himself in the top three for the regular season MVP race. “It’s LeBron and (Chris Paul) and Tony Parker for me. That’s how I look at it,” Durant said. “Those guys have the best records and they’ve done so much for their teams.”
Check it all out.
The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry gets Russell Westbrook to open up about his basketball philosophy in a more relaxed environment.
I find it interesting that the pathological drive to win that drives both Kobe Bryant today and Michael Jordan two decades ago is also present in Westbrook, and yet for some reason he's seen as an immature malcontent.
The best way to evaluate a player's true value is to see what his opponents say about him.
"The only way I can describe it is he's a force of nature when it comes to competition," - Miami coach Erik Spoelstra
"He's a dog," said Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday. "He's always going to attack you. He's always coming at you. It's like it just never stops. He's just coming for you."
Russell Westbrook is known for his unique fashion sense. Day 1 did not disappoint.
All-Star weekend is upon us, and the Thunder's duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be prominently featured.