Nike today unveiled the latest signature shoe for Kevin Durant: the KD VI. Marking a return to Durant’s favored low-top cut after the mid-cut KD V, the Thunder star’s latest signature draws inspiration from both his hometown and the precision of fine watches.
The watch inspiration is most obvious in the unique multi-layered outsole which calls to mind the skeletonized dials of some of the most complicated watches in the world. Other fine-tuned details include a thin two layer upper with Flywire inserts for dynamic support where it’s needed most, a Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot and Max Air unit in the heel, and a new tongue construction for improved fit. The teal and yellow colorway was directly inspired by Seat Pleasant Activity Center’s doormat, which designer Leo Chang spotted while visiting Durant’s hometown. Alongside the shoe release is a humorous video starring Durant, “Summer is Serious,” which does well to inspire all to hit the courts this summer. Look for the KD VI in stores around the Washington D.C area beginning June 29, while other select retailers worldwide will have access on July 3.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is the first NBA All-Star to defect to rapper and mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Roc Nation is a newly formed agency that has been aggressively pursuing star players in the NFL, MLB and now the NBA.
“KD doesn’t want a traditional NBA agent anymore,” a league source with knowledge of his thinking told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night. “He wants Jay-Z to handle his branding. …He had a chance to be with his idol and couldn’t say no.”
League executives and agents wonder whether the move to Jay-Z and Roc Nation could eventually lead to the agency pushing for Durant to depart small-market Oklahoma City for the opportunities of New York or Los Angeles.
Durant is signed with the Thunder through the 2015-16 season.
The Thunder have reached an agreement with Serge Ibaka on a four-year contract extension worth $48 million, according to league sources. Ibaka could have become a restricted free agent after the 12-13 season.
Oklahoma City now has three of their young core players signed up over the long-term as Ibaka joins Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
James Harden is also eligible to sign an extension this offseason.
Here are highlights from the first 2 days of the USA Basketball Scrimmages held in Las Vegas, NV. For those wondering why Kobe, LeBron, or other players are in this mix is because practices were closed to media until the last 30 minutes.
Featured in this mix are Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala, and James Harden.
The NBA announced their 2012 All-Star Starters on Thursday.
Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum
For the Eastern Conference, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony were the leading vote-getters.
In the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul are joined by Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.
Griffin and Bynum each will be starting in their first All-Star Game.
According to a person familiar with the negotiations, the owners and players met initially at about 2 p.m. ET and broke up to discuss the situation privately among themselves.
The players were furious at seeing first hand the owners’ offer of 46 percent of basketball-related income (BRI), down from their previous level of 57 percent, were unanimous about what to do.
“Let’s go,” one of the players said, according to a source. “There’s no reason to go back in there.” The players decided to return to the bargaining room with a much smaller group.
Among those joining Derek Fisher for the second session were LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Baron Davis and committee member Chris Paul. None of the players joining Fisher sat down during this portion of the talks, a person with knowledge of the meetings said.
The Melo League defeated the Goodman League by a final score of 149-141 at Morgan State University on Tuesday.
Kevin Durant scored 59 points with LeBron James guarding him for most of the night. James scored 42 points and teammate Carmelo Anthony had 27. Chris Paul, Mario Chalmers, Gary Neal and Josh Selby were also on the Melo League.
Durant’s Washington-based Goodman League also had Jeff Green, Austin Day, Jarrett Jack and Roger Mason.
The game attracted an overflow crowd at the 4,500-seat gym.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is in the early stages of contract negotiations with the same Turkish team that has signed Deron Williams and has been pursuing Kobe Bryant, according to Durant’s agent.
Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that he has met with officials from Turkish club Besiktas and has likewise begun exploring opportunities for Durant in Spain and Russia. Goodwin added that playing in China is not something Durant is considering at this time. “The Turkish option is very intriguing,” Goodwin said.
“We’re looking at other countries as well. Kevin hasn’t agreed to play anywhere yet, but we’re looking for the best fit.”
Apparently Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was not the only NBA player who lost his cool in a summer game Thursday night.
Beasley pushed a heckling fan in the face during a streetball game against Kevin Durant’s team in New York, but on the other side of the country, Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes’ victim was another player.
Barnes reportedly punched an opponent during a San Francisco Pro-Am game Thursday, according to San Francisco’s KGO TV.
“He elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one,” Barnes told ESPN.com college basketball writer Diamond Leung.
Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose
Exhibition games like the two taking place in the Philippines this weekend are proving to be quite profitable for players, with one source with knowledge of the deals saying the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Chicago’s Derrick Rose are being paid more than $400,000 apiece for their weekend of tax-free work.