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OKG Newsletter


Topic: basketball

Fans lose in lockout


Commentary

Jonathan Willner
There is no question that the arrival of the Thunder has been a boon to basketball fans in Oklahoma. Having wrangled roughly $180 million in subsidies out of the city and state, we find the main beneficiaries of this largess at odds with each other.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gag me with a lockout


CFN

Gazette staff

For NBA teams, the first rule of the lockout is don’t talk about the lockout. That’s because a gag order prevents franchises from discussing the ever-so-annoying work stoppage. That means no contact with players, even if they cut their foot before an exhibition game in Oklahoma City or play flag football in Stillwater.

 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

No Thunder, just ‘nuclear winter’

Chance of basketball season not looking great, says NBA commissioner.


News

Gazette staff
What’s the weather forecast for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA season? Cloudy, with a chance of nuclear winter.
 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
kevindurantheadphones

What’s good, KD? Part 2

What does Durantula think about the new Drake record?

You might recall my first entry in this series, wherein I tried to guide Oklahoma City Thunder some European basketball club’s starting small forward Kevin Durant toward meaner hip-hop from Pusha T, but judging by his recent Facebook post, “mean” and its many derivatives (“MEEEEAANN,” “MEEANN,” “MEEEEEEEAAAANN,” et. al.) is just a general term for a rap track he likes.

Early Tuesday morning, the reigning NBA scoring champ recommended the new Drake album, “Take Care,” via Twitter, and invited people to discuss it by way of Facebook. It’s a clear endorsement from a guy who’s long been singing the Canadian rapper/R&B crooner’s praises. Recall this ditty from December 2010, less than a month after the release of Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”:


It’s easy to see why KD digs Drake. They’re both über-famous youngsters (Drake’s 25, Durant’s 23), coming of age amid worldwide stardom. Drake captures that feeling and shoots it up with some serious swagger on “Under Ground Kings” when he says, “It’s been two years since somebody asked me who I was.”

It’s been even longer than that for the prodigious Durant, who, at 6’9’’ and a freshman starter at Texas, commanded the spotlight in high school and during a brief college layover on his way to being drafted second overall in 2007. Drake’s rise shows a sharper upward trajectory (known first or his work on the teenage show “Degrassi,” he boasts nearly four times Durant’s Twitter followers), most likely because he’s rocketed to international pop star-status.

One Twitter follower asked KD what his favorite tracks from “Take Care” were. He responded with the opening track, “Over My Dead Body” (airy and slow, it’s a sonically curious selection, but a sensible one when you consider the opening lyric), and the more hype “Under Ground Kings,” which is built on wafting notes that vaguely recall the Chicago Bulls’ iconic intro music. The typically smug Drake sandpaper verse “I think I killed everybody in the game last year” is the aforementioned lyric, and if there’s a better description of two-time NBA scoring champ’s offensive prowess, I’d love to hear it.

If there were such a thing as an NBA season right now, every KD highlight video on YouTube would be soundtracked by “Under Ground Kings,” but the way things are going now we’ll probably just have to wait until he formally signs with whatever overseas ball club offers the best deal. Anybody know how much it costs to get the Israeli Basketball Super League package on cable?
by Matt Carney 11.17.2011 2 years ago
at 12:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
 

Thunder announces season schedule

For real this time.


Sports

Rod Lott
Lockout over, schedule out!
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Goal setting

The Barons have enjoyed heating up the local sports scene during the NBA lockout.


Sports

Dean Anderson
Bob Funk Jr. considers himself a basketball fan of many years.
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Forecast: Thunder

With a bitter lockout now in the past, the Thunder is in position to contend for this season’s NBA title.


Sports

Matt Carney

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Orlando Magic
7 p.m. Sunday
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W. Reno
nba.com/thunder
602-8700
$157.05-$289.75

 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Let it bleed


CFN

Gazette staff
OK, Oklahoma City Thunder fans: We know you love your team, but are you ready to bleed Thunder blue for them?
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

All-Star-struck


CFN

Gazette staff
An entire lineup’s worth of Oklahoma City Thunder players made this year’s All-Star ballot, presented by cellphone carrier giant Sprint.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Extra! Extra!

Who wants to be in a movie with KD? You even get paid!


CFN

Gazette staff
Freihofer Casting has issued an open call for extras to cheer on the Thunder at a fictional home game for the Warner Bros., feature film “Thunderstruck,” which stars none other than Mr. Two-Time-League-Scoring Champ himself.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
 
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