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.

Thunder Add Three to Roster

Pre Oklahoma City Thunder press release, Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today the team’s training camp roster for the 2010-11 season. The Thunder has added guard Demond “Tweety” Carter, guard Jerome Dyson and guard/forward Elijah Milsap to the roster for camp.

The Thunder will open training camp on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the INTEGRIS Health Thunder Training Center. The Thunder will play its first preseason game on Wednesday, Oct. 6, when it faces the Charlotte Bobcats in Fayetteville, NC.

Carter (5-11, 185) played four seasons at Baylor University, averaging 11.0 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 30.3 minutes in 131 games (89 starts). The Reserve, LA, native concluded his career as Baylor's all-time leader in Big 12 wins (29), games played (131) and minutes played (3,973).

Dyson (6-4, 190) was a four-year starter at Connecticut, averaging 14.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 30.4 minutes in 113 games (106 starts). A native of Potomac, MD, he finished 12th all-time at UConn with 1,630 career points.

Milsap (6-6, 215) played last season with the University of Alabama-Birmingham after spending two seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette. In his lone season with the Blazers, the Grambling, LA, native averaged 16.1 points, 9.5 rebounds (ranked 1st in Conference USA), 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 33.1 minutes in 34 games (all starts). (OKC Thunder)

September 23, 2010

Dwight Howard Would Rather Have Durant Than Lebron on His Team

Howard would rather have Kevin Durant over Lebron James: Dan Patrick asked Dwight Howard who he'd rather have as a teammate -- Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder or LeBron James of the Miami Heat. After hesitating briefly, Howard went with Durant, who's fresh off leading Team USA to a FIBA World Championship. This isn't the first time Howard has chosen Durant over LeBron -- when asked who the NBA MVP last April, Howard told the hosts of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" that he thought Durant should win the award, with Amar'e Stoudemire coming in a close second and James finishing third. Howard told Patrick that he had a "chance to talk to [Durant] in high school, at a camp." Durant and Howard were also both represented by Aaron Goodwin before Howard left the agency in late April. LeBron left Goodwin's agency in 2005. (ProBasketballTalk.com)

September 22, 2010

Krstic Undergoes Sugery

Thunder center Kristic likely to miss portion of training camp: Thunder center Nenad Krstic underwent surgery Tuesday morning in Oklahoma City to repair a fractured right index finger. Krstic will miss a portion of training camp, which begins Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the team's season opener Oct. 27 against Chicago. But with the injury comes the first meaningful question going into the 2010-11 season. (The Oklahoman)

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