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August 26, 2014 Updates
August 25, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant has sworn off acting forever -- telling TMZ Sports even Shaq's critically-panned movie "Kazaam" was WAYYYY better than his 2012 flop "Thunderstruck." Gotta respect the honesty. Here's the deal ... Durant was leaving Benihana in Bev Hills (delicious hibachi shrimp btw) ... when we asked if he was ever gonna try to rebound from the debacle that was "Thunderstruck." For the record -- "Thunderstruck" (like "Freaky Friday" with basketball powers) -- was a box office disaster ($587,211 domestic) ... especially compared to Shaq's 1996 classic ($18,937,262). TMZ.com

August 24, 2014 Updates

We talked at summer league about you wanting to become a more polished offensive player. How’s that going, and do you feel like you’re better now than you were at summer league? Steven Adams: I mean, yeah, I’ve definitely seen improvements now from summer league. But there’s still a long way to go. I’m on the right track, though, I guess you could say that. But as I’ve said before, it’s still a part of what I’m learning. They’re still developing it. That’s one of the main focuses, but it’s still based around defense. Are you ready to get going now, or could you use a little more time for yourself? Steven Adams: I want it to come, but I want the time that I have now to really work on my game. I can’t wait until it comes but I just really need this time. Oklahoman

Had you ever been to Taiwan? Steven Adams: No. This is the first time. And I’ve been trying to get as cultured as possible. How’s that going? What’s the experience like over there? Steven Adams: Oh, it’s really cool. All the people are really nice. And the food is really good here. Really good. I love the food here. That’s one of the things they pride themselves on, good food. And I love eating. Peas and carrots. What’s the best meal you’ve had? Steven Adams: It’s this place called Din Tai Fung. That’s this really well known dumpling place, and they have, honestly, the best food out. It’s so tasty. So, so good. Straight up. You haven’t lived life if you haven’t had it. I’m dead serious. Oklahoman

August 23, 2014 Updates
August 22, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.” NBA.com

Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Mark Daigneault to lead the 66ers – OKC’s D-League affiliate which is relocating from Tulsa to Oklahoma City this season. Daignealt is replacing Darko Rajakovic, who was promoted to the Thunder's coaching staff this offseason. Oklahoman

August 21, 2014 Updates

Michael vs. Larry, Grant Hill drinks Sprite, Michael Phelps and his five-dollar foot-long. Kevin Durant won’t have any of these iconic commercials/brand associations any time soon. In March, Durant signed an endorsement deal with KIND Healthy Snacks, and according to Chris Sheridan, the endorsement deal has strict restrictions. Durant may not sign an endorsement deal with any company that uses sugar or preservatives in its products. That means no McDonalds (or really any fast food or quick service restaurant), no Coca-Cola or Pepsi, no Subway, no candy company, no . . . well a lot of companies that regularly sign athletes to endorsement deals. As Sheridan reported, the deal is unusually restrictive. The Fields of Green

August 20, 2014 Updates

In 2007, before he played in his first NBA game, he wanted to sign with Nike badly enough that the $60 million contract he signed with the Swoosh was more than $20 million less than what Adidas had offered. But sources say his move to Jay Z's Roc Nation last summer started to turn the tables. His new agents were interested in a stronger negotiation, which would include both Under Armour and Adidas, which dropped out last week. ESPN.com

August 19, 2014 Updates

Darnell Mayberry: A lot of the younger players have been (in Oklahoma City) for most of the summer. They get away for stretches throughout the summer but return to work with the coaching staff. Guys like Mitch McGary, Steven Adams, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones have spent the majority of their time here. What they're working on is anyone's guess. Oklahoman

 

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