June 12, 2012

Oklahoma A.G. Warns of Ticket Scams

Per The Oklahoman, Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning Tuesday to fans purchasing tickets to NBA Finals games and other popular events.

“Major events like the NBA Finals bring an increased risk of fraud and scams involving fake tickets,” Pruitt said. “We want everyone to enjoy the events and their time in Oklahoma City and not become a victim of fraud.”

Tips from the A.G.

* Do some research – know the price of tickets and be familiar with the seating chart;

* Only purchase from reputable sources;

* Ask to see the seller's original invoice from when the tickets were purchased;

* Try to meet the seller in person in a public place during the day;

* If you are purchasing online, use either a credit card or a PayPal account, both offer some protection if tickets are fake;

* Don't send cash or wire money to someone you don't know;

* Never be afraid to ask questions or request information.

To report suspected fraud or scams, contact the AG's Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029, (918) 581-2885 or PublicProtection@oag.ok.gov.

March 19, 2012

OKC Thunder considering Derek Fisher?

Per ESPN.com,The Houston Rockets have finalized a buyout with former Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher.

"After much discussion and expressing their desire to welcome Derek to their team this season as well as the 2012-2013 season, the Houston Rockets and Derek have negotiated a buyout," Fisher's business manager Jamie Wior said in a statement late Sunday night.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are still trying to fill the void created by Eric Maynor's season-ending knee injury, are deciding whether to register a formal bid for Fisher.

Sources say that the Los Angeles Clippers, by contrast, are not likely to try to sign Fisher, though they also have a need for a playoff-tested guard after Chauncey Billups' season-ending Achilles' tear and with Chris Paul carrying a heavy load.

Source: ESPN

Report: Kevin Durant hires new agent

Kevin Durant at 2012 All-Star Game
Per The Oklahoman, One month after parting ways with the only representation he's ever known, Kevin Durant landed with Rob Pelinka of California-based Landmark Sports Agency, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday.

SportsBusiness Journal first reported the agreement, which as of Monday afternoon had yet to be signed and formally submitted to the National Basketball Player's Association but is being considered a done deal.

Pelinka is a prominent agent who also represents Thunder guard James Harden in addition to Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, Chicago's Carlos Boozer, Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala and New Jersey's Gerald Wallace among others.

Durant, who unexpectedly fired longtime agent Aaron Goodwin last month, was not available for comment Monday. “I really appreciate what the Goodwins did for me,” Durant said last month, “but it was time for me to move on.”

Source: NewsOK.com

October 7, 2010

Durant Not Focused on MVP Title

Per The Oklahoman, Kevin Durant said taking home this season's MVP award is not a personal goal of his. "I don't set individual goals like that," Durant said. "The only goals I set for myself is to try to have a better season than I did last year. That's about it. I don't have to score more points, or get more rebounds or get more assists. But if I got better throughout the season is how I determine if I had a better season than last year." In the league's annual preseason poll of NBA general managers, 66.7 percent of GMs picked Durant to win this year's MVP award. GMs were not permitted to vote for their own team or players. Durant, however, said the prediction doesn't mean anything for him. "I mean, it's cool but it doesn't really mean too much," Durant said. In the same poll, 55.6 percent of GMs selected Durant as the player they would sign first if they were starting a franchise from scratch. LeBron James finished second with 25.9 percent of the vote. (The Oklahoman)

October 6, 2010

Kevin Durant Scores 12 In Thunder's Win Over Bobcats

Thunder's defeat Bobcats, 97-93, in preseason opener: Jeff Green scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Oklahoma City beat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-93 on Wednesday night in the Thunder's preseason opener. James Harden had 16 points, Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 11 rebounds and NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant added 12 for the Thunder. They never trailed in the fourth quarter and held the Bobcats without a field goal during the final seven minutes. With owner Michael Jordan looking on from a courtside seat, Tyrus Thomas scored 16 points and Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw added 14 apiece for the Bobcats (0-2). (AP)

September 27, 2010

Again, Krstic Apologizes for Involvement in Brawl

During Nenad Krstic interview session at Thunder Media Day inside the downtown arena, Krstic was asked to share his side of “the incident.” “What incident?” Nenad said, cracking a smile and drawing laughter from reporters. “I had a lot of questions about this summer, but I’m going to repeat it again. It was just a bad, bad, bad incident,” Krstic said. “I was just trying to protect my teammate. Everybody who’s played sports, it happens. That’s part of the game, I guess. I’m not saying what I did is a good thing. It’s a very bad thing. It’s not going to happen again, definitely. First, I apologized in Greek court and Greek national TV, then Serbia national television. I just want to get done with it and try to focus more on the season.” (The Oklahoman)

Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Oct. 4

Single-game tickets for the first half of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2010-11 season will go on sale Monday, Oct. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at thunder.nba.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Oklahoma City metro Homeland stores; or at the Arena Box Office.

Tickets will go on sale for two preseason games and 21 regular-season games up to and including the Jan. 13 game against the Orlando Magic. Single-game tickets start as low as $10 in Love’s Loud City and are based on availability.

Highlights of the early home schedule include Opening Night against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27; the Utah Jazz on Halloween night; the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics on Nov. 7; the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 14, that team’s only season appearance in Oklahoma City; the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 24, the evening before Thanksgiving; the Denver Nuggets on Christmas Night and the Atlanta Hawks on New Year’s Eve.

To ensure that tickets are available to as many Thunder fans as possible and due to increased season ticket and group sales, a maximum of two seats per transaction will be made available for the following games:

• Opening Night against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27
• Boston Celtics on Nov. 7
• Denver Nuggets on Christmas Night
• Orlando Magic on Jan. 13

The on-sale date and time for games in the second half of the season, based on availability, will be determined in December and will be communicated via Thunder Insider, the official e-newsletter of the Thunder. Fans can sign up for Thunder Insider at thunder.nba.com to receive breaking Thunder news, exclusive ticket and presale offers, inside information and more.

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