Saturday, July 13, 2024

Spencer Haywood on Kevin Durant: 'I wouldn't be shocked if I see him in a Sonics uniform once more'

Spencer Haywood, NBA Corridor of Famer and former Sonic: Me and Durant are nonetheless speaking about Seattle. We talked about it on the All-Star recreation [this year]. I can’t go any additional – there’s some sneaky stuff occurring that I can’t discuss as a result of it’s personal. However I wouldn’t be shocked if I see him in a Sonics uniform [again]. I used to be along with his mom on the All-Star recreation – with him and his mom, all people. I’m simply saying.
Supply: HoopsHype

What’s the thrill on Twitter?

Ric Bucher @RicBucher
KD “seems ahead” to profitable video games by 40 and 50 factors on this summer time’s Olympics. Why that could be a fever dream defined right here:… by way of @acast – 2:10 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
When younger Kevin Durant confronted ‘La Bomba’ 👀⏳ PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“They had been doubling at halfcourt.”
Kevin Durant on how OKC defended him as he completed with 20 factors in #Suns loss.
“I’m attempting to determine methods to get going. It’s arduous to get getting in my spots when as quickly as I dribble the ball, any person coming to double staff.” #ThunderUp AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Making an attempt to make the dangerous play typically, cross courtroom passes.”
Kevin Durant on 22 #Suns turnovers that led to 31 OKC factors.
Thunder lead #NBA in forcing turnovers 15.7 a recreation.
#Suns twenty seventh in turnovers at 15.0 and factors allowed off turnovers at 18.3.
We’ve obtained to be higher.” AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“For me, I’m simply attempting to determine learn how to get going. It’s arduous to get getting in my spots when, as quickly as I dribble the ball, any person’s coming to double-team”
I requested Kevin Durant about what he’s seeing with the fixed double-teams and attempting to function out of them: AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We had spurts, however it’s not a very good feeling to not be constant.”
Kevin Durant after #Suns 118-110 loss to #Thunder. AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“They fouled the shit out of Kevin Durant.” Frank Vogel. #Suns AM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Shout out to Aaron Wiggins.
He closed the sport and made some huge performs down the stretch. Wiggs had 4 steals and a block on KD.
Wiggins was a game-high +18 in 22 minutes. – 12:25 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Frank Vogel stated the Suns should be higher with turnovers however then famous “they fouled the shit out of Kevin Durant all evening.” Desires the league to have a look at it. – 12:24 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Frank Vogel on the Suns’ turnovers tonight: “We gotta be higher. I’ll begin by saying they fouled the shit outta Kevin Durant all evening.”
Added later the Suns didn’t deal with stress effectively they usually’ve struggled with TOs all season – 12:24 AM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
FINAL: Thunder 118, Suns 110
SGA – 35 factors, 9 assists, 8 rebounds
JDub – 22 factors, 4 rebounds
Chet – 14 factors, 9 rebounds
Beal – 31 factors, 6 assists
Durant – 20 factors
Nurkic – 14 factors, 31 rebounds
OKC is 42-18 – 12:05 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Ultimate: OKC 118, PHX 110
Beal: 31 Pts, 6 Ast, 10-14 FG
Durant: 20 Pts, 6-15 FG
Nurkic: 14 Pts, 31 Reb, 4 Ast, 7-16 FG
Gilgeous-Alexander: 35 Pts, 9 Ast, 8 Reb, 15-27 FG
Suns gave up 30 factors off 22 TOs, OKC solely gave up 9 factors off 6 TOs – 12:04 AM
Royce Younger @royceyoung
Make it 45 video games with no less than 30 for SGA. Thunder report in a season is 47 (Kevin Durant). – 11:52 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant, Eubanks and Allen in for Lee, Gordon and Nurkic. Tie recreation with 5:36 left. PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Finish of 3Q: Thunder 89, Suns 85
SGA – 24 factors, 8 assists, 6 rebounds
JDub – 14 factors
Chet – 11 factors, 7 rebounds
Beal – 23 factors, 5 assists
Durant – 20 factors
Nurkic – 10 factors, 25 rebounds – 11:27 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Finish of 3Q: OKC 89, PHX 85
Beal: 23 Pts, 5 Ast, 7-10 FG
Durant: 20 Pts, 6-11 FG
Nurkic: 10 Pts, 25 Reb, 5-14 FG
Gilgeous-Alexander: 24 Pts, 8 Ast, 7 Reb, 10-20 FG
Suns shut 3Q on a 25-5 run – 11:27 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Lu Dort splashes a 3, then later will get KD to push him out of frustration for an offensive foul. – 11:26 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
That nook 3 is the shot Beal has to take and make.
#Suns down 66-52 at half as O’Neale hits deep one close to finish of 1st half.
PHX: Beal 17, Durant 10.
OKC: Gilgeous-Alexander 18, Dort 10.
Turnovers PHX: 11 led to 18 OKC factors. OKC 3 turnovers led to 7 PHX factors. #ThunderUp10:47 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
HALF: Thunder 66, Suns 52
SGA – 18 factors, 4 assists, 4 rebounds
Dort – 10 factors, 3 rebounds
Chet – 9 factors, 4 rebounds
Beal – 17 factors, 3 assists
Durant – 10 factors, 2 assists
Nurkic – 6 factors, 16 rebounds – 10:44 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: OKC 66, PHX 52
Beal: 17 Pts, 3 Ast, 5-8 FG
Nurkic: 6 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 3-9 FG
Durant: 10 Pts, 2-7 FG
Gilgeous-Alexander: 18-4-4, 8-16 FG – 10:43 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Having to go KD at 5 and it wanting THIS dangerous is a tough search for the Suns rotation, once more. – 10:38 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Lu Dort is a particular defender.
Dort is 6’4 and actually guards 1-4.
Lu is defending Kevin Durant tonight.
Mark Jones: “He’s in KD’s face like zits proper now.” – 10:37 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
With Booker out, Durant performs the entire first quarter. Early sub out for Nurkic allowed these Beal/Nurkic minutes to exist they usually have gone pretty effectively. Nice half for each guys. – 10:26 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Finish of 1Q: Thunder 28, Suns 24
SGA – 10 factors, 2 assists, 2 rebounds
Chet – 5 factors, 3 rebounds
Joe – 6 factors
Durant – 6 factors, 2 assists
Nurkic – 4 factors, 12 rebounds – 10:09 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Finish of 1Q: OKC 28, PHX 24
Durant: 6 Pts, 2 Ast, 2-6 FG
Nurkic: 4 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2-6 FG
Beal: 4 Pts, 2-4 FG
Gilgeous-Alexander: 10 Pts, 4-8 FG
Thunder shut 1Q on 24-7 run – 10:09 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant nook 3 off ball motion. #Suns up 17-4. – 9:55 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
O’Neale 3 as shot clock expired off Durant cross. #Suns up 10-2. Timeout OKC with 8:59 left in 1st quarter. – 9:48 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Beal on SGA
Durant on Williams
O’Neale on Holmgren
Suns switching tons early.
Dort on Durant
Williams on Beal – 9:45 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant had 6 turnovers and Devin Booker had 5 in Saturday’s loss to #Rockets.
“Making an attempt too arduous to play the appropriate means. Typically you actually emphasize the additional cross and you’ll overpass.” Frank Vogel.
#Suns twenty fifth in #NBA in turnovers.
“Assault to attain after which learn.” PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Reflecting upon LeBron’s 40,000 and counting factors, and the immense problem will probably be for anyone … Durant, Luka, Edwards, Wemby … to catch him:…5:02 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
I’ve obtained Allen, KD, and Holmgren to mix for over 27.5 rebounds. Who’s using on @ESPNBet?? #advert PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant on Amar’e Stoudemire making the Suns Ring of Honor: “He’s left his mark right here in Phoenix and the NBA as an entire. I really like seeing guys get honored. It’s one thing that’s gonna final for all times. He’s gonna be in these rafters endlessly, and his household can admire that” PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
LeBron is on tempo to attain his 50,000th level within the NBA (between common season and playoffs) subsequent yr.
Amongst energetic gamers, KD is closest… 15,000 factors behind him.
All-time rankings 👇…11:33 AM

Extra on this storyline

Spencer Haywood: I watched the entire [2007-08] season. … I used to be like, “Woah man, we obtained Kevin Durant up right here, that is so stunning!” Subsequent factor they had been leaving. And guess who I noticed on the All-Star recreation [that season].  Clay Bennett. God! No disrespect to him however, you realize, he did what he wanted to do to get Kevin to Oklahoma Metropolis. We allowed him to take it. Now, I’ve a bit of withdrawal once I drink Starbucks. -via HoopsHype / March 4, 2024
Percy Allen, former SuperSonics beat author for The Seattle Occasions: In hindsight, I believe we see it now. The blueprint was clear. What Clay Bennet was attempting to do. They weren’t placing an entire lot of cash into the staff. They weren’t going to speculate main salaries. They didn’t encompass this rookie with any high-priced vets. It was a one-year plan. They simply needed to get by way of the yr, get to the tip of that lease, get to subsequent summer time, and pressure town’s hand. That they had one other yr left on the lease however they had been considering they might break it with a yr left and are available to some sort of settlement and that’s precisely what occurred. That they had 31 wins with guys who had been attempting to win [the year before]. After which they completed final with a staff that was actually younger. Typically groups take a step again. However this was completely different. This was not a step again. This was a step in a brand new course. -via HoopsHype / March 4, 2024

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