As reassurance for those of you who, like us, will be reduced to unspeakable misery (and probably worse) if there isn't an NBA game until after the 2012 Olympics in London, be advised that strong rumblings continue to be conveyed to ESPN.com about the league preparing a secret schedule that starts Dec. 1 and still manages to pump out 82 games. The New York Post has likewise reported that NBA schedule-maker Matt Winick has quietly drafted a variety of contingency plans spanning anywhere from 50 to 74 games.
Like many players, Durant said it's "50-50" that he'd play overseas, but he won't make any decisions until at least September.
"I love playing in the states," he said. "But I want to play somewhere. If you have an opportunity to [play overseas], it's something you have to think about."
I know this might be too much to ask, but can you guys put together a live twitter feed of all the thunder players and prada and chad ford and any other significant nba insiders on either side of the home page.
"Durant is a special player, one of the best players in the NBA...The kid is a gym rat, he works hard. He's one of my favorite players. You've got to give him kudos and give him respect... You see what he does night in and night out and he's just relentless." - Zach Randolph
"[Durant] brought the All-Star...He pushed the turbo button on us today." - Tony Allen
"I say this as a compliment — and I hope Oklahoma City takes this as a compliment — but I look at Oklahoma City as the Green Bay of the NBA. Green Bay is a marvelous place to go watch an NFL game. Probably the best...
"I had my 6-year-old girl at the game (Sunday), and she was crying because the noise was too loud. That's a bad thing for a 6-year-old but a good thing for an NBA team, to have that emotion and enthusiasm in the building." - George Karl
"The real effect of that [Kendrick Perkins] trade is it's freed (Serge) Ibaka to be a starter. Now that (Jeff) Green's gone, they have Ibaka as a starter, and that gives him the freedom as a starter to play a little bit more and he's developing as a player...He's a terrific player, potentially. He's not yet, but he's got great potential to be a player, and they probably made the move because they saw it would be the right thing to do in that regard."
"[The Thunder] have a legitimate chance of winning a title...I think the one thing that Oklahoma needed was a guy in the paint on the defensive end. They have Ibaka. But then you add somebody like Kendrick, it's going to make it very tough with all the length...
It's good to have some veteran leadership and they have that now. So they're a legit team...
They were already a tough team. And they just got better." - Dwight Howard on the Thunder
"I really believe it started with Westbrook. I mean, off the (opening) tip he came out with a dunk and you know that's what he was looking for. That really got their blood flowing and they just attacked from there. They smelled blood and they just kept going and it was hard to catch up." - DeMarcus Cousins
"As a player, I looked up to [Grant Hill]. It's kind of cool to see how well he's playing at such an old age. Sorry to put that in there." - Kevin Durant on Grant Hill, now 38 years' young