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Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Kevin Durant is Back For The Future

Posted by Royce Young



Great Scott, Nike has done it. They've made the shoes from Back to the Future. And best of all, they've done it for great reasons.

Beginning, well, yesterday, 1,500 pairs of the new Nike Mag shoes will be auctioned off on Ebay with the auctions benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.

And to help promote it, Nike's put out this little video featuring Bill Hader, KD and Christopher Lloyd. For a kid that pretty much knelt and worshiped Back to the Future and thought Marty McFly was the coolest kid ever to kiss his mother, this video basically has it all. KD, the DeLorean, actual shoes from Back to the Future II -- it's, well, heavy.

As for Durant's acting? A little stiff and with his reported role in a new movie coming up, he's going to need a little work. Nice line though on "make like a tree and get outta here."

Check out www.back4thefuture.com for more details and to get a better look at the shoe. And here's a link to the auctions. But if you want a pair, you better have some serious cash ready. The first pair sold for $37,500. They're auctioning 150 pairs a day for 10 straight days. If that pace were to keep up, they'd raise some like $56 million. Heavy.

One other thing too: How incredible is Nike? This whole this is just superb. The video, Durant's cameo, getting Christopher Lloyd, the website, the shoes and most of all, the cause. Two thumbs up to Nike for the whole production.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Justin Bieber hoops with CP3, Durant and Melo

Posted by Royce Young



Justin Bieber took a break this weekend crossing over Steve Nash and singing songs that make 13-year-old girls cry on command to play in Ludacris' charity All-Star game in Atlanta.

And while Bieber was able to sneak into the highlight mix of the game, it was mainly just him running aimlessly around the court while Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, John Wall, Chris Paul, Brandon Jennings and Josh Selby put together another nasty reel of dunks.

So it's not so much about Bieber this time. That is, unless you're a 13-year-old girl. Enjoy yet another random NBA hoop mix from a summer full of random NBA hoop mixes.
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Kevin Durant has new back tattoos

Posted by Ben Golliver

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Whatever you do, Kevin Durant, do not change your uniform number. That would make for a painful alteration. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward has gotten all sorts of attention for his new-found love of tattoos this summer. Royce Young broke down that phenomenon back in July, but then Durant decided to go back and get some new ink. 

Durant's latest artwork -- courtesy of a Georgia tattoo artist by the name of Randy -- stretches across his entire back and consists of an homage to his jersey number, spirituality and his home state. As you can see below, Durant, a native of Prince George's County, got the word "Maryland" tattood across his shoulders. In the middle of his back is an image of an angel holding a basketball. Surrounding that image are two hands -- the left holds up three fingers and the right extends all five -- making reference to his jersey number: 35. That number is of special significant to Durant because his childhood AAU coach died at the age of 35.

Home, God and hoops. That's a fairly winning formula for an NBA player, and this design, despite its size, is almost mild by the league's standards. It's not a giant tree like the one owned by Golden State Warriors Monta Ellis and it's certainly not the creepy World of Warcraft design sported by Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko or the skull-eating woman abomination Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh put on his back.

Of course, like Durant's other tattoos, this green mural will be covered by his jersey while he's playing.

Here's another angle of Kevin Durant's new back tattoo.

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Images via Twitpic.
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Video: Justin Bieber crosses Steve Nash

Posted by Royce Young



Worlds are colliding here. It's Steve Nash versus Justin Bieber. Nash, the Bieber of the NBA with his cult-like following of NBA fanboys that fawn over his pure jumper and immaculate court vision. Bieber, the Nash of pop music with his flashy hits and cult-like following of teenage girls that fawn over his dance moves and baby face.

Nash and Bieber -- who has developed himself quite the baller reputation, especially with his MVP award from last year's Celebrity Game -- were playing in some celebrity pickup thing and while I'm sure Nash wasn't exactly giving it everything, Bieber gets him good with a crossover. That's not going to help Nash's reputation for being a soft defender.

This game was in preparation for a charity event taking place in Atlanta Sunday called the Ludaday Weekend Celebrity Basketball Game, hosted by rapper Ludacris. Kevin Durant is reportedly on Bieber's team with other stars like Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul all partaking.

And of course, Nash. But he may not want any part of guarding Bieber after that. Let CP3 check him.

Via I Am A GM
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:32 pm
 

No Drew vs. Goodman rematch

Posted by Royce Young

Goodman-Drew, the rematch. It was supposed to be the most anticipated streetball game since the last most anticipated streetball game.

But it's not happening, according to th Drew League's Twitter account.

Drew kept our promise but Goodman League did not so as of right now there will NOT be a rematch game in LA. We have moved on so stay tune.

Dont worry we figured they was gonna flake out, we already have other things line up, i will keep you guys posted!

Not holding back on passing the buck there, eh Drew League? "It's not our fault! Blame the Goodman people!"

There was a lot of buzz that a rematch could be set for Sept. 15 in Los Angeles with maybe even Kobe Bryant joining the Drew for round two. But too bad for us, it's not going to happen, as of now at least. If you recall, the Goodman beat the Drew in Washington D.C. 135-134 but it came on a fairly controversial charge/block call on James Harden. Kevin Durant calmly sank two free throws to give the Goodman the win.

No word from the Goodman people though on it. I'm sure they'll have an explanation soon enough though.

Moved on though? I would assume that means the Drew is looking to book a different game. The Melo League team, perhaps? LeBron, Carmelo and CP3 versus the Drew guys, plus Kobe? That would be every bit as good as a Goodman rematch.

The Goodman's already moved ahead as it is looking to play at Rucker Park on Oct. 1.

I'd love to think this game got called off because it was looking like all the players would be in their NBA training camps, but that's just ridiculous, I know.
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:06 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Kevin Durant releases behind the scenes video

Posted by Ben Golliverkevin-durant-video-games

Even after countless advertising campaigns, two NBA scoring titles and a trip to the Western Conference Finals, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant doesn't possess the same profile as some of his superstar colleagues. 

There are plenty of explanations for that. Durant plays in a small market, he avoids controversy at just about every turn, and seems content to let his game do the talking, as it has all summer, with him dominating the streetball circuit against any and all competition. His star is still clearly rising and he seems poised to lead a championship contending team for the next decade or so. Hand in hand with those skills comes an insatiable desire from fans to know more about him.

To fill that void and to keep a connection going during the ongoing NBA lockout, Durant's official website, KevinDurant35.com, has released the first episode of an online behind the scenes video series entitled, "35th hour."

The plot of the premiere episode is straightforward: Durant plays video games, gets ready to play in the Goodman League vs. Drew League exhibition game in Washington, D.C., drives to the game, signs autographs before the game, dominates during the game, and then collects the MVP trophy after the game.

To bring it full circle, the episode ends with Durant and friends playing video games again. "I'm going to smack this bum at Madden," Durant jokes.

There's no real attempt at a sweeping social statement or commentary on life. There's no direct mention of the lockout. The episode is entirely G-rated. This isn't Durant the thoughtful philosopher or Durant the lavish millionaire. It's more like Durant the next door neighbor.

The highlight of the first episode -- aside from the on-court action, of course -- comes when Durant recounts getting stuck in New York City with three friends after appearing in two basketball exhibition games. He doesn't have a ride back to D.C. What is the millionaire's solution? Charter a plane? Hire a limo service? Buy a car? Take a cab?

"You know me, I take it a day at a time," Durant explains. "I ain't have no plane ticket, no train ticket... My man Lil Black was like, 'Megabus is four dollars apiece to go from New York to DC.' You know me I'm not high maintenance or nothing. I walked up to the Megabus and the dude was like, 'What are you doing here? What are you on the Megabus for?' It was packed, every seat was full. I was hanging out the side of the seat sleeping, back was hurting. 

"Shout out to Megabus," Durant concludes, praising the discount bus service. "Seven dollars for a ride. I'll take that any day."

The point of that vignette and moral of the video series seem to be one and the same: The NBA's premier scorer is a pretty normal guy. It's a carefully crafted message, but one that will no doubt resonate with Durant's growing legion of fans.

Here's a look at the first episode of Kevin Durant's new video series -- 35th hour -- courtesy of YouTube user OfficialKevinDurant.


Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Next up: The Goodman versus Rucker Park

Posted by Royce Young

It just wouldn't be right if in during all this league vs. league stuff that the legendary Rucker Park didn't get involved. No more, says the official Twitter account of the Goodman.
Breaking News!!!…..Goodman vs. EBC Rucker Park game tenative date is October 1, 2011 in New York….details coming….Stay Tuned!
October 1... but, but isn't that when training camps will be under way and preseason games are just around the corner? Yeah right. The lockout's going to to ruin everything and there won't be any NBA basketball ever. So this Oct. 1 game between Rucker and the Goodman might be as good as it gets until, well, until someone organizes the next one.

There aren't rosters or names attached to this yet and there's a good chance it might not even feature NBA players. I'm sure Kevin Durant will want to play in it because really, it could be a pickup game at your local church and if Durant heard about it, he'd be there. But he's got a special tie to Rucker now with that 66-point legendary performance.

But with the game at Rucker, it's going to be good no matter who plays. It's a historical place and there will be an ample amount of buzz surrounding it. There aren't a ton of NBA players that really call Rucker "home" so I don't even have any good guesses as to who that roster could include, but it's going to be quality hoops and I'm sure a few big names with be sure to attach themselves to it.
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:36 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James in Baltimore video

Posted by Ben Golliver

Back on Tuesday, we noted that All-Star forwards Kevin Durant and LeBron James went head-to-head during an exhibition game at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Durant, representing the Goodman League, exploded for 59 points but James, who was playing for a Melo League roster that also included fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, took home the victory.

The highlights that emerged on Tuesday evening were pretty spectacular, but they weren't necessarily exhaustive. James threw down a few spectacular dunks in transition and Durant juked half of Team Melo on one drive, but there were plenty of other points scored by the two players unaccounted for in the video.

Enter YouTube user ballislifedotcom with this thorough highlight tape featuring the scoring exploits of Durant and James. This video gives a sense for how easily both players were able to score on each other but also how aggresively both guys were playing defense. The lesson here: elite one-on-one offense trumps all.

Durant's finest comes at the 1:40 mark when he uses a series of dribble moves to slither through three defenders for a lefty lay-up. He also uses an impressive series of crossovers to create space to blow by James at the 2:05 mark. Finally, a series of space-creating dribbles and a hesitation move in the corner saw Durant blow by James going left for an uncontested dunk at the 2:10 mark. Triple vicious.

James did most of his best damage on uncontested dunks, but hits a nice fadeaway in Durant's face at the :30 mark and a step back in similar fashion at the :42 mark. He also swatted a Durant attempt pretty hard at the 1:00 mark.

Take a look at the video of Kevin Durant and LeBron James going head to head at the Goodman League vs. Melo League exhibition game in Baltimore below. It feels an awful lot like an NBA Finals preview.


 
 
 
 
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