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Welcome to Loud City Aug 20, 2016

Sounds of Thunder: Russell Westbrook is battle tested and ready to lead

... let the "fun" and games begin. I read a public statement today that has forced me to put the previous eight seasons of the Oklahoma City Thunder in an entirely new light. After the US Men's Olympic basketball team trounced Argentina, Kevin Durant said: "I was telling myself before I left my room that I'm at my best when I don't care if we win or lose," Durant said, "It might be different for other players, but for me I'm more free and more aggressive in games and it's more fun for me if I don't care about the outcome." Hmmm.... well... that's very participation trophy-ish of him to...

Kevin Durant says he plays his best when he doesn’t worry about game’s outcome

Life comes with a lot of gray areas. Sports are somewhat cleaner that way teams, coaches, and players get judged on outcomes. There is a big scoreboard at the end of the stadium that says who won and who lost. No gray area there. Athletes become driven by that outcome Michael Jordan, Kobe []
Golden State Of Mind Aug 19, 2016

Team USA vs. Spain: U.S. needs a win to advance to gold medal game

Team USA will face Spain at 11:30 a.m. in an Olympic matinee for the chance to advance to the gold medal game. While most of us are at work today, Team USA will be facing Spain in the semifinals of the 2016 Olympics at 11:30 a.m. PST. Pretty clear who has the best job there, tbh. I could sit here and talk to you about the matchups today, but I'm still just trying to accept the fact that Kevin Durant will be joining the Golden State Warriors this coming season — it still just hasn't set in. And then he does stuff like what he did to Argentina the other day (h/t BBornInDaEB for the FanShot)...
Bullets Forever Aug 19, 2016

Olympic Men's Basketball Semifinals Preview and GameThread

The USA men’s basketball team is two wins from finishing the Coach K Era off on the right note. The USA Basketball men’s national team has made the semifinals after beating Argentina, 105-78. The men’s team will play Spain in a rematch later today. The American defense and the second unit played huge roles, while Kevin Durant scored 27 points to seal the deal. After three close wins, I’m glad to see that Team USA regained its form. I will admit that I’m a little sad to see that Manu Ginobili also played his last game for his home country. With Argentina now eliminated from the...
Oakland Tribune Aug 18, 2016

Purdy: Durant provides energy boost for Team USA

New Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 13 of the USA's first 19 points and set the killer defensive tone as the rout of Argentina gradually kicked into gear.
San Jose Mercury News Aug 17, 2016

Kevin Durant's highlight reel move sets tone for Team USA romp

Team USA's 105-78 romp of Argentina in the quarterfinals produces the hoops highlight of the Olympics to this point.
Fear The Sword Aug 17, 2016

Rio 2016: Kevin Durant steps up as USA advances past Argentina

Team USA has been plagued by poor starts at the Olympics, and shaky finishes. Their quarterfinal matchup with Argentina was no different at the start, but by the team they recovered, the game was never in doubt. After falling behind by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, Kevin Durant turned on the jets. Team USA didn’t look back. The United States 105, Argentina 78. The Americans move on to the semifinals. At the beginning, this looked like it might be one more classic for Argentina’s Golden Generation. Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola led the country to gold in 2004, the low...
CSN Washington Aug 17, 2016

Scott Brooks on John Wall and Bradley Beal: 'Perfect fit'

Of all the questions Scott Brooks heard as the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, one involving whether Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook truly fit together
Oakland Tribune Aug 17, 2016

Olympics: Kevin Durant leads USA Basketball into semifinals

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scores 27 points to lead the U.S. basketball team into the Olympic semifinals with a 105-78 victory over Argentina.
Welcome to Loud City Aug 17, 2016

What will the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder in the 2016-17 season look like?

The Thunder are Russ' team, but what can we expect from a team with Westbrook as it's face? The Oklahoma City Thunder are now Russell Westbrook’s team. The meteoric missile of an athlete who has risen from unheralded recruit to back-to-back All-Star game MVP now can add 'franchise player' to his resume. After Kevin Durant choose to skip out of town to the Bay Area, many Oklahoma City fans feared the worse. Westbrook — who acts curtly with the media to be nice — had maintained a silence on Durant’s move and rumors popped up that he too would ultimately leave the...
Welcome to Loud City Aug 16, 2016

Former Kevin Durant teammate offers candid insight concerning Durant's departure

Anthony Morrow lends a different perspective concerning Durant's July 4 free-agency accord with Golden State Without question, Kevin Durant's July 4 spurning of the Oklahoma City Thunder cast an indelible shadow throughout Thunder nation. However, as initial acrimony has slightly abated with the passage of time, one former teammate has gone on record to express his understanding regarding Durant's situation. Saturday, Thunder guard Anthony Morrow, who spent two seasons alongside Durant, had these comments for Sirius XM Radio regarding K.D.'s thought process leading into that now monumental...
Plain Dealer Aug 15, 2016

Kyrie Irving's incredible alley-oop pass to Kevin Durant highlights his record-tying performance for Team USA

Kyrie Irving dished out 12 assists, tying a Team USA single-game record that's shared by Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Leon Wood and Phil Ford.
Fear The Sword Aug 14, 2016

Team USA hangs on, beats France 100-97

Despite another close finish, the U.S. finishes undefeated in group play. The United States men’s basketball closed out the Group A preliminary games on Sunday with a 100-97 win over France. Despite resting Tony Parker, France led a convincing comeback against Team USA in the second half from the dual threat of Nando de Colo and Thomas Huertal after the U.S. held a double digit lead early in the third. The failure to close out games has been an increasingly concerning weakness for Team USA in the final few games of group play. In the first half, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson carried...
Welcome to Loud City Aug 12, 2016

New Thunder season: what are the Thunder's odds for success in 2016-17?

With so much having changed for the Thunder, how do the oddsmakers view their chances next season? We finally have a Thunder schedule in place for the upcoming season, which means that actual, meaningful games cannot be too far away. After an offseason that has twisted and turned our minds and our stomachs back and forth, this upcoming season will be one of the most fascinating dramas to watch. The Thunder, more than any other team, have through circumstance and choice, rebuilt themselves. The loss of Kevin Durant has massive ramifications, but similarly to the Portland Trail Blazers a year...
Welcome to Loud City Aug 12, 2016

Oklahoma City Thunder's official 2016-17 regular-season schedule; OKC to appear in 30 nationally televised contests

A complete look at the Oklahoma City Thunder's official 2016-17 regular-season schedule. The Oklahoma City Thunder organization has much to anticipate as the NBA has announced its official 2016-17 regular-season schedule. Oklahoma City will benefit from added rest while playing the fewest back-to-back contests (12) league-wide. In addition, last year's Western Conference Finalists will enjoy prime-national exposure and no shortage of dramatic matchups. Following his acrimonious departure via free-agency, 2014 MVP Kevin Durant will return to Chesapeake Energy Arena for an emotional Feb. 11...

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