Kevin Durants names his NBA All-Time Starting Five


Well, good question. I would stay with Magic Johnson as a basis for their exceptional height, vision and be a triple-double machine. As guard Kobe Bryant is a legend and five-time champion. It’s been half-life in the NBA! Michael Jordan like three. Sorry for Larry Bird, but I have to let him out for Kobe. As a power forward is difficult, between Karl Malone, Tim Duncan … I stay with Tim Duncan . For longevity, the securities and the impact it has had and still has on the court. And Shaquille O’Neal as a dominant center.

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Kevin Durant in mighty fine shape, working out with Team USA


Kevin has been incredibly disciplined in his return-to-play protocol, and he's now at the stage where he can participate in non-contact drill work. We are excited he is at the point where he can take part in portions of the minicamp, as he has demonstrated great focus throughout his recovery efforts.

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Kevin Durant teaching kids the realities of our world


We're teaching them at this point; I've gotta start 'em early," Durant said of his swatting of the campers' shots. "It's not going to be easy."

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Kevin Durant maybe not so "wide-eyed and bushy-tailed" anymore


Kevin Durant, a little bit of a different story. I think he was affected some by Paul George’s injury. I also think a lot of things were going on with Kevin Durant with his career and his contract. Things were changing. He wasn’t the same Kevin Durant who was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed when he first stepped on to the court for USA Basketball. He had a lot going on in his life. So when he said he was going to pull out, I wasn’t surprised. I could kind of see it coming. I didn’t see the same vigor. He was always so active and positive. He had a different look to him.

Jerry Colangelo on Kevin Durant withdrawing from World Cup play

Billy Donovan plans to balance use of analytics


I think it's (analytics) a big part of what we do here in OKC. I think it really is. But I think the one thing about it is, to me the analytics part is a combination of the numbers and also a combination of coaching in your gut and those kind of things. I think what it does -- the analytics -- is as a coach it allows you to look at some information there where you can maybe look and make some decisions, or have things make a little more sense, or things can be a little bit clearer. I think it's a great tool, but I also think at the same point, too, if you're just living and going by the numbers, you're losing perspective and sight that we're dealing with human beings, too. And you can't lose sight of that.

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Russ repping the Thunder in Lottery


List of Lottery Team Representatives:

Minnesota Timberwolves: Glen Taylor (Owner)

New York Knicks: Steve Mills (General Manager)

Philadelphia 76ers: Nerlens Noel (Player)

Los Angeles Lakers: Byron Scott (Head Coach)

Orlando Magic: Alex Martins (CEO)

Sacramento Kings: Vlade Divac (VP, Basketball & Franchise Operations)

Denver Nuggets: Josh Kroenke (President)

Detroit Pistons: Jeff Bower (General Manager)

Charlotte Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Player)

Miami Heat: Alonzo Mourning (Vice president, Player Programs)

Indiana Pacers: Larry Bird (President of Basketball Operations)

Utah Jazz: Dennis Lindsey (General Manager)

Phoenix Suns: Alex Len (Player)

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook (Player) ProBasketballTalk |

Which lottery team makes the playoffs next year?


What, is this a trick question? Heck, Oklahoma City might reach The Finals next season even without the luxury of the top overall pick. While the other lottery teams are chasing a franchise player in the draft and still looking at years before they scare anyone, all OKC needs is health. Oh, and Durant will be playing for money, as if he needed more motivation to have a great season. Miami and Indiana also might reach the conference semis next season with a solid off-season and good health.

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Presti refutes rumor that players not consulted over coaching hire


As I have stated before, I do not feel it is in the best interest of the guys, or team collectively, if we were to poll our players in regards to specific personnel or staff decisions. However, we have spent a significant amount of time over the last seven-plus seasons discussing, observing and defining our culture with our players, which we feel is important given their role in building the identity for the Thunder. One aspect of this recent process was to have specific conversations with several core members of the program, including Kevin and Russell, regarding important qualities that should be considered in looking for our next head coach. Fortunately, our continuity and communication over the years in combination with our more recent discussions gave us an understanding that there is an alignment with regards to the qualities that we felt were important to our progression and evolution. Multiple people within the organization have been in contact with Russ and he will be in town later this week to meet with the staff.

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Tony Dungy thinks Donavan and Durant will mesh


I actually sent Kevin a text and told him he's going to really enjoy playing for Coach Donovan, and I know he's really excited about it," Dungy continued. "I think it's going to be great because they have the same views about winning and life in general. I think they're going to mesh just tremendously.

Tony Dungy talking about Kevin Durant and Billy Donovan

Donovan's innovation could be refreshing for Thunder


The 49-year-old Donovan is one of the most decorated, accomplished coaches in the world, but his next challenge is a hefty one. He's known as a tireless worker, an innovator and an ace adapter. His Florida teams haven't been successful only one way, they have adjusted to the strength of each roster, winning consecutive national titles with two dominant big men, to winning with Chandler Parsons as a stretch 4, to winning 30 straight games two seasons ago with four non-NBA seniors. Donovan is a learner, relentlessly driven to stay ahead of trends.

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