I’m a day late with this, but listen to yesterday’s B.S. Report and head to around the 27:30 mark. Some great stuff there about KD and also Simmons specifically gives a nod to the people of Oklahoma City for their support of the Thunder (34:00). Maybe Traber heard that. Chad Ford also says the Rubio camp preferred OKC and Simmons thinks OKC could be a destination for LeBron. Interesting.
The 2009 Eurobasket kicked off yesterday and Thunderman Nenad Krstic had a strong showing for Serbia in a 66-57 upset of Spain. Krispy had 17 points and six boards leading a team full of teenagers over the Gasol brothers, Juan Carlos Navarro, Rudy Fernandez (didn’t play) and Ricky Rubio. Because I know you care, Rubio finished with six points and three assists in 28 minutes. (Box score)
Kevin Durant has been tearing up Twitter. Some highlights: “#wheniwaslittle i thought topanga from boy meets worlds was the baddest thing walkin lol … #wheniwaslittle i wore a size 14 shoe…i was 10 yrs old … #wheniwaslittle there was no twitter so i got on the computer to play solitaire and paint on windows 95 … #wheniwaslittle i watched angels in the outfield and sandlot every saturday.” Topanga. Heh heh.
Kevin Durant is on the cover of the latest Dime Magazine: “Putting Durant on his second Dime cover was an idea that had been floating around our editorial meetings for the last year or so. When we finally decided to pull the trigger, the timing couldn’t have been better. We shot KD in late-July in Las Vegas, at the same time he was blowing everyone’s socks off (how’s that for an old-man reference?) at the Team USA mini-camp. Going in, everyone knew Durant could get buckets, but after showing his complete game against some of the League’s top young stars, he took the hype surrounding him to a new level. Associate Editor Austin Burton penned the KD cover story, finding a man who is infinitely more comfortable with his stardom than he was when he graced the cover of Dime #32 in college, one who is committed to lifting the Oklahoma City Thunder to the top of the League now that he’s found some stability in what has been a crazy three-year stint in the spotlight.”
The Painted Area watched yesterday’s Serbia game: “Nenad Krstic was the star of the day on both ends with 17 pts & 6 rebs on 7/12. Nenad mixed in some righty hooks with some turnaround jumpers on offense, and was active near the rim helping to change shots & holding the fort vs. the Gasol boys.”
Great stuff on how Kevin Durant is the next generation of superstar: ”Here are less than 140 character why Kevin Durant is going to be one of a handful of young players to shape the NBA over the next 15 years: “Maaaan these dudes be stuntin round here….”I spent 10 grand in da club” ……. ahhahahahaahaahaahahahhahaaa wat an idiot” (KevinDurant35, 31 August 2009) It’s nothing to do with basketball ability. After last season, everyone knows he has more than enough ability to go around the whole state of Oklahoma. This is about attitude. In the ritzy world of the NBA, a young man not yet 21 should get sucked in a spat out very quickly. Should happen because it does happens.”
Oh and a quick little Did You Know: For the past 13 years when Miami has beat FSU, OU has beat Texas, but when FSU has won, Texas has won the Red River Shootout. So let’s see… who won that game last night again?
Now just 50 days until the season starts. I can hear Thunder.