While the Oklahoma City Thunder haven’t had a chance to play other NBA teams or internatonal squads in the preseason yet, they did hold their blue/white scrimmage in front of a small crowd over the weekend. Obviously when you’re doing an intra-squad scrimmage involving OKC, you put all-stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on opposite teams and sometimes you get fun moments like this one uploaded to their Instagram account. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm
To survive in today’s NBA, you need a good point guard. You just do. Of the teams that finished last season with the eight best records, six of them either had an All-Star point guard or LeBron James. The other two teams were the Indiana Pacers (who, without the stability that a good point guard brings, fell apart down the stretch) and the Houston Rockets (eliminated in the first round).
The point guard on a basketball court is like the quarterback on the gridiron. He’s the general, the leader, the boss.
The NBA in 2014 is littered with talented point guards. And just like the “Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL?” arguments, few NBA debates spark disagreement like the “Who’s the best point guard in the NBA?” debate does.
Delusional Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant fans notwithstanding, we’re all generally in agreement that James is, hands down, the best basketball player in the world. The point guard debate is a different monster. There are four or five different guys that, depending on whom you ask, can be considered the NBA’s alpha dog point guard.
The good news is that I’m here to finally settle the debate. Here are the NBA’s top 20 point guards. Read More »
A sizable contingent of supposed NBA experts think Russell Westbrook is a shooting guard, and some even believe the Oklahoma City Thunder would be better off without him. Don’t count coach Scott Brooks among them. At the team’s media day, Brooks said his much-maligned star “is the best point guard in basketball.” Read More »
Maybe it’s the soundtrack — A Tribe Called Quest‘s kinetic masterpiece, “What’s the Scenario,” with the first time Busta Rhymes got some shine after his rapid-fire verse — but the “Momentus” trailer for NBA 2K15 is our favorite so far. Featuring seemingly every player you want to see next season, but also some of their signature moves, this gameplay-heavy release from 2K Sports is just the thing to cure any autumnal doldrums. Read More »
The glitz and glamour of Hollywood joined NBA 2K15 cover athlete Kevin Durant and former Thunder teammate James Harden as they helped celebrate the launch of the game (hitting stores Oct. 7) in New York on top of The Standard High Line adjacent to the Hudson River. We braved the glare of the red carpet to catch up with the 2014 NBA MVP to talk about the new game. Read More »
With the release of basketball gaming king NBA 2K15 less than a month away, we project the ratings for the game’s top-20 players. Note that these rankings were gleaned from considering the final player ratings of 2K14 and simple player analysis, factoring in progression and regression. No exclusive knowledge nor personal bias was used in compiling them, either. Our projected rating follows the player’s name, with the difference between his final rating in last year’s game and our projection noted in parentheses. Read More »
/ Sep 4, 2014 / 4:00 pm
Russell Westbrook (photo. NBA YouTube)
Russell Westbrook got engaged to long-time girlfriend Nina Earl on Wednesday. What better way to congratulate the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar than watching highlights of his top plays from the 2013-2014 season? Read More »
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson says he isn’t too concerned about signing a contract extension before October 31 or entering restricted free agency next summer. That he’s looking to the newly-signed contracts of Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons for guidance in future negotiations, though, certainly doesn’t bode well for the Thunder. Read More »
The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.
That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have already expressed interest in Pau Gasol. Now it’s the Oklahoma City Thunder’s turn to recruit the four-time All-Star and two-time champion, and they’re leaving no stone unturned in doing so. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook personally pitched Gasol in Los Angeles today on the idea of joining the Thunder. Read More »