The Cleveland Cavaliers secured their second No. 1 overall pick in the three years since LeBron James left town Tuesday night in the NBA draft lottery.
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There once was a time when Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant wanted to separate himself from his “nice guy” image.
Nike rolled out a marketing campaign just for the occasion, touting a slogan that stated, “KD is not nice.”
Au contraire, mon frère, Durant is still (perhaps) the nicest guy in the midwest—if not the entire league.
In lieu of the tragedy that has hit residents in Moore, Oklahoma, Durant has pledged to help ease the pain [as reported by Royce Young of DailyThunder.com].
As you may have heard, a class-E5 tornado hit Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, Monday afternoon. The storm, which had winds that were between 200 and 210 miles per hour, was large enough that it left a two-mile wide trail of destruction in its wake.
24 people have been confirmed dead, including nine children. More than 230 people were injured. Several people have been pulled from the rubble of what once were homes and local businesses.
While the news was alarming—and a tragic reminder that Mother Nature can be savage beast—the quick response to help those in need has been nothing short of inspiring.
Since Durant announced his intent to donate $1 million dollars, two more donations of equal amount have been made.
As Ira Winderman of the Miami Sun Sentinel wrote, you can help too.
You can donate to the American Red Cross’ tornado relief efforts online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
Our continued prayers are with those who have experienced injury or loss in Oklahoma.
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On one of the rare off nights in the NBA playoffs, we have a few precious hours to catch our breaths and take care of everything we’ve neglected — our friends, families and most importantly, errands — for the last six weeks, and reflect.
While a handful of teams focus on the NBA draft combine, the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies are gearing up for the conference finals, which the Spurs and Grizzlies will kick off in San Antonio on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, there is still one series left to be determined – Indiana leads New York, 3-2, and the teams return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday night for Game 6.
Words to live by: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Surely Sam Presti and Clay Bennett of the Oklahoma City Thunder have heard that expression, as both are smart, successful businessmen with good educational backgrounds, although they are a generation apart in age.
Presti is the wise child who built the Oklahoma City Thunder from scratch, taking over at age 30 on June 7, 2007, prior to the team’s final season in Seattle, renting a small apartment with his then-girlfriend near the team’s downtown training facility, then proceeding to dismantle the Sonics.
Love him or hate him, but the absence of Russell Westbrook – or “Robin” as Patrick Patterson put it - proved to be the demise of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Conference semifinals.
Without the dominant but sometimes frustrating point guard, too much was asked of Durant, who was asked to create for himself and his teammates practically every time down the floor. The pressure seemed to finally weigh down on the forward, who was uncharacteristically bad in the elimination game on Wednesday: he shot 5-of-21 from the field, 11-of-15 from the stripe and turned the ball over seven times.