Found February 04, 2013 on
On Saturday night, prior to the Cavaliers triumphant win over the NBA's most explosive offensive, I asked Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks to compare his Thunder team during Kevin Durant's second season to the Cleveland Cavaliers in year two of Kyrie Irving.
Our exchange on that is below.
The 'OKC Model' for rebuilding an NBA team has been mentioned ad nauseam over the last few years—especially here in Cleveland as it relates to the Cavs.
I have never believed this model is something that can be technically duplicated or followed. In my opinion, the OKC model is a rebuilding-through-the-draft-method that's worked for the Thunder specifically as a result of many unique factors.
In saying that, though, generally building through the draft could work for other NBA teams as well. The Thunder are the standard by which those rebuilds are measured, so I was interested to hear what Brooks had to say about Cleveland's...
BEST OF MAXIM
CLEVELAND -- That was more like it.
That was the type of vigor and resolve Byron Scott wants to see.
That was a 115-110 home win Saturday over the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder -- a team that sprints down the floor and can almost will the ball into the basket with the greatest of ease.
But the Cavs, man, they really brought it.
That makes them capable of defeating anyone. That...
THREAD THAT NEEDLE
It wouldn't be a week here at That NBA Lottery Pick without a nice play by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.During last night's Thunder/Mavericks game, KD was able to thread the needle to Kevin Martin for an easy slam dunk.Check out the nice no-look pass that Durant went by nearly three Mavericks defenders:
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant left Saturday's game against the Cavaliers with an apparent back injury.
Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, appeared to injure his back or right side while hustling back on defense. He stayed in the game for several minutes and was moving slowly before he went to the locker room with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter...
OKLAHOMA CITY-- Even the post-game crowd at the arena bar was light.
Usually the line wraps past the velvet ropes just outside the court at Chesapeake Arena and usually the music is loud and thumping with folks ready to talk about what they just saw.
Guess there was no reason to stick around on a Monday and celebrate.
On a night that had makings of fascinating, the Mavericks brought...
In honor of Black History Month, the fine folks over at Nike teamed up with Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant to produce a short film called "Be Bold Be True".Below is the teaser trailer for the film that features KD for a short period of time:
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder blew out the Dallas Mavericks 112-91 Monday night while avoiding a third straight overtime game between the teams.
The Mavericks had tied the first two meetings this season with 3-pointers at the very end, but there was no such drama the third time...
On Saturday night, Kyrie Irving dropped 35 points. Against Kevin Durant. And the Thunder. In a five-point Cleveland victory. Impressed? I’m just getting started.
Of Kyrie’s 35, 13 were recorded in just three minutes — those three minutes being the final three minutes of the game. During that three-minute stretch (2:52, technically), Irving made two free-throws,...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- When Dallas has taken on Oklahoma City this year, the Mavericks haven't looked like a team fighting to reach .500. In the two previous matchups, the Mavericks lost both, but the Thunder had to go into overtime each time. However, the Mavs reverted to form of sorts Monday night in the teams' third meeting. The Thunder dominated from the opening tap and rolled...
If you’re like me and spent part of your Super Bowl Eve glued to a full slate of NBA games, hopefully you caught the last two minutes of the star-studded showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder. In case you missed it though, here’s what happened: Kyrie Irving. Actually, a lot of Kyrie Irving. His victims, in order: Kevin Durant (not part of the above...
Kevin Durant said his back is fine after he appeared to injure it in the Oklahoma City Thunder's last game.
Dirk Nowitzki looks set to return after missing the last two contests for the Dallas Mavericks.
Durant has been simply brilliant in two overtime victories over the Mavericks this season, and both superstars should be eager to meet in Monday night's matchup in Oklahoma...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- When Dallas has taken on Oklahoma City this year, the Mavericks haven't looked like a team fighting to reach .500. In the two previous matchups, the Mavericks lost both, but the Thunder had to go into overtime each time. However, the Mavs reverted back to form of sorts Monday in the teams' third meeting. The Thunder dominated from the opening tap and rolled...
Despite the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 35-11 record, Scott Brooks‘ team is currently facing some adversity both on the court and in the locker room regarding their star point guard Russell Westbrook.
During Thursday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, Westbrook experienced a meltdown on the sidelines after an offensive possession where Thabo Sefolosha, who was seeking...