Kevin Durant Responds to the Firing of Scott Brooks

Durant’s responds to the firing of his coach of 7 seasons

When Scott Brooks was named the interim head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the early days of the 2008 season, Kevin Durant was a second year player, coming off a promising rookie season in which he was named the 2007-2008 Rookie of the Year.

Since then, Durant, who was soon joined by top tier NBA players Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka, would enjoy as much success as he could’ve hoped for, including consecutive 50-win seasons, multiple scoring titles, NBA All-Pro honors, and the 2013-2014 NBA MVP award. Everything but the Larry O’Brien trophy. So, it’s understandable why he posted this sentimental message about the firing of Brooks, who was relieved of his duties earlier today.


There are two interesting things of note embedded in Durant’s emotional note. First, this tidbit: “While I support our team’s decision 100%,” and second: “[I] look forward to the upcoming season and the future in OKC.” It’s a valiant effort by Durant to convey to the public that he’s loyal to the franchise not only now, but in the coming years. Of course, minds change, but don’t print those Wizards jerseys  out just yet.

The Oklahoma City Thunder Have Fired Coach Scott Brooks

The Thunder make a huge decision for the future of their franchise

Despite leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to three Western Conference Finals appearances and the 2012 NBA Finals, head coach Scott Brooks has been fired, according to a statement made by the team’s general manager, Sam Presti, just moments ago.

After losing James Harden to the Houston Rockets following the 2012 season, the Thunder’s core of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka was expected to continue to contend for NBA titles for years to come. However, major injuries to both Durant and Westbrook during the last two playoff runs have left the Thunder unable to fully compete, and this year, they missed the playoffs entirely.

All week, there has been speculation that Brooks might not make it to next season, and two NCAA coaches–Florida’s Billy Donovan and UConn’s Kevin Ollie–were rumored to be front-runners for Brooks’ job, but Ollie released a statement today that he is fully committed to remaining Connecticut’s coach next season, opening the door for another viable candidate.

It’ll be interesting to see how this decision plays a role–if it plays one at all–in the major decision Kevin Durant has to make next summer, when he will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.


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Kevin Durant On Westbrook Being Better: “Who Cares”

The fiery teammates are clearly all in for each other

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have taken turns dominating the court this season, but they’ve also gone back and forth in a less favorable category: the injury list. Durant began the season on the bench, with a Jones fracture in his foot, and Westbrook joined him just a fortnight into the season with a fractured hand. Durant returned and immediately lit it up, but has been repeatedly sidelined with soreness in said foot. Westbrook on the other hand, has spent considerably more time in action–enough to be ranked second in the league in scoring and third on most early MVP lists–but has gone down once again with a rather bizarre injury, one that can be explained in layman’s terms as “a dented face.”

Durant’s lack of playing time lately has given way to a bit more social media perusing on his part, and yesterday, he caught somebody jeering him about his teammates’ superb play this season.

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A rather appropriate response, if you ask us. The Thunder will take the court tonight at 6:30 EST as they try to take down the Lakers in Cali without two of the NBA’s Top 5 players.


Russell Westbrook Suffers Bizarre Face-Dent Inury In Loss To Blazers

So, um, what’s up doc?

Russell Westbrook plays at the speed of light. He is the most aggressive, athletic point guard in the league, and over the past 30 days, in which he put up numbers only 1 other player–Oscar Robertson–has been able to achieve over a 30-day span in NBA history, he may very well be the best.

That being said, his style of play comes at a price. We’ve already seen him go down with serious knee injuries over the past couple of seasons, and early this season he suffered a hand injury that kept him out for a month. Last night, in the waning seconds of a tough loss against the Blazers, against whom the Thunder had a double-digit lead in the 4th quarter, Westbrook hit the deck during the scramble to defend an in-bounds pass, and his own teammate, Andre Roberson, tripped over him. Westbrook took a knee to the head, and the impact actually left a dent in Westbrook’s face. Literally, a mark so vicious it was visible to the naked eyes of those watching on their TV sets.

Today, Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Royce Young and Yahoo! SportsAdrian Wojnarowski were able to provide a little insight as to the MVP candidate’s latest setback.




It’s a lucky outcome for the Thunder, who can’t afford to go without their superstar point guard. Kevin Durant could be back this week, but that isn’t definite, and as the final 6 weeks of the season approach, there’s no time to be playing musical chairs on the Thunder’s bench.

Russell Westbrook Left Kevin Durant Hanging In Super Awkward Moment Caught On Camera

Last night was a bittersweet one for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who has burst into the MVP conversation with historic play in the month of February, as he continues to carry his team on his back in the absences of the Batman to his Robin, reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant. Despite beginning the game 0-8 from the field, Westbrook stormed back, and finished with a triple double–including 39 points on 38 shots–and just nearly missed a last second lay-up in overtime, which would’ve tied what was a contentious game, thanks to brilliant play from Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, who remained toe-to-toe with Westbrook until the final buzzer.

Before overtime, however, Westbrook got some much needed rest, and he dapped just about everyone on the bench on the way to his seat. Except Kevin Durant. Durant held his hand out, and after Westbrook blew past him, continued to hold it out, almost as if he believed that if he didn’t make it obvious that he was taking his hand back, no one would notice what just happened. Thankfully, Andre Roberson–who also swung and missed at a Westbrook handshake–was there to clean up the mess, and connected with Durant’s hand before things got even more awkward.

The funny part about all of this is, remember that time Westbrook looked as if he was ready to tear Jeremy Lamb‘s head off after Lamb missed Westbrook’s outstretched hand during a timeout? What happens during Thunder timeouts is the stuff of HBO documentaries.

Kevin Durant Reveals Reason His Engagement Fell Apart & More To GQ

Kevin Durant cleared some things up with Gentleman’s Quarterly

He’s one of the best players on the planet, and a soft-but-outspoken aggressive scorer who can do whatever he wants on the court. The only people who can stop him are himself, and Russell Westbrook, which is a story for another time, but Kevin Durant is on the new cover of GQ, and he’s got a few things to get off his chest.

Among them were the “The Real MVP” memes that made light of the biggest off-court moment of his career, his MVP acceptance speech, in which he thanked every one of his teammates individually, and broke down in tears when it came time to speak about the sacrifices his mother made for him and his brothers when they were younger. He addressed claims that he’s too nice, the media’s perception of him, but most interestingly, Durant talked about his failed engagement to Monica Wright, something he’s never publicly addressed.

I had a fiancée, but…I really didn’t know how to, like, love her, you know what I’m saying? We just went our separate ways. We was just hanging out, chilling. And I felt the energy. I felt, I need to do this right now. And I just did it. I was like…We’re engaged right now? We’re about to get married? So I was just like, cool! I love this girl. But I didn’t love her the right way.

To read the full feature, you can click here, or grab a copy of GQ at your nearest newsstand.


Russell Westbrook On Having His Own Team: I’d Rather Win Than Be On My Own

Westbrook doesn’t plan on leaving #35’s side

Russell Westbrook has become one of the league’s best point guards, and if his record-setting performance in the 2015 All-Star game wasn’t enough of an indication, his talent and aggression is borderline manic. Still, on a team that sports one of the world’s top 2 players in Kevin Durant, Westbrook is expected to play second fiddle, though he makes it extremely apparent at times that he has no intention on doing that. As far as he’s concerned, he and KD are a two-headed monster, and that attitude is exhibited in his play.

Yesterday, Snoop Dogg threw up a photoshopped picture of Westbrook in a Lakers jersey, egging #0 to “come on home” (Westbrook is from California and excelled in his days at UCLA). In light of that, and the continued rumors that Kevin Durant may be considering a move to his hometown Washington Wizards once his contract is up in 2016, Dan Patrick asked Westbrook if he’s ever yearned to have his own team to run, a la James Harden’s move to the Houston Rockets in a highly controversial off-season trade following the Thunder’s NBA Finals run in 2012.

No, not at all, man. I love winning. Kevin’s one of the best players in the world, man, and I love my position I’m in now. I think over the past maybe four or five years only maybe two teams have won more games than us, San Antonio and probably Miami. So I don’t think it gets too much better than that. I mean, you can be on our own and win a few games and then go home in the summer. But I’d rather win games and have a chance to win a championship every year.

In addition to that, Patrick also asked the fiery point guard to speak on the tension Westbrook and Durant allegedly have, especially in late game situations.

I’m not sure. But I know myself and Kevin always, always became closer and closer regardless of what stories or what was made up about us. And I think we’ve constantly became closer and closer like brothers and got through everything or whatever that was thrown our way whether if it was true or not true or made up.

Westbrook and Durant, who have both kept extremely busy during the All-Star break, will return to the real action tomorrow night at home against the Mavericks.