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May 29, 2015 Updates
May 28, 2015 Updates

Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, meanwhile, has passed on the opportunity to interview for any of the league's three vacancies, amid a strong belief in coaching circles that Brooks is prepared to sit out a year to focus on family and try his hand at TV work. ESPN.com

A number of players and agents who spoke to Basketball Insiders on condition of anonymity admitted as much. “Players will consider going to the East, for sure,” one Western Conference player told Basketball Insiders. “The East is down right now and the West is a dogfight. The seventh- or eighth-seeded team in the West could possibly make the Eastern Conference Finals with how things are now.” “It wouldn’t be a bad idea [to join an East team],” added another NBA player. “I’m pretty sure Kevin Durant is going to start it off and go home to [the Washington Wizards in] D.C.” Basketball Insiders

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Late last season, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke of Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson in the same breath as Oklahoma City star guard Russell Westbrook, saying that while Clarkson wasn't on the same level, he did at least play a similar style and have similar athleticism. Now Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is making the same argument. "If there’s a player in the league that plays like him, it’s Russell Westbrook," Kupchak said during a Thursday radio appearance with ESPN's Colin Cowherd. "Now, I’m not saying for a second that Jordan Clarkson is the next Russell Westbrook, but he’s that kind of a ball-handling guard. ESPN.com

May 20, 2015 Updates

On Tuesday afternoon, during a conference call after the draft lottery, Presti was asked about Durant’s continued rehab. He said Durant is not yet working on the court, but the hope is he will be by the end of the summer. “Doing well. Progressing. There’s certain benchmarks within the season and offseason. We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being back on the floor toward the end of the summer.” Oklahoman

May 19, 2015 Updates

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has won the season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, The Oklahoman has learned. An official announcement will be made Tuesday night, with Westbrook being presented with the David Robinson Plaque from NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum at the NBA Draft Lottery in New York City. The Community Assist Award recognizes the NBA player who best represents the league’s efforts toward giving back to the community. Oklahoman



Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.


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