Oklahoma City Rumors
There is no more KD’s, the restaurant in the Bricktown district. It was temporarily shuttered after his departure and re-opened as the Legacy Grill in the fall, with some of Durant’s own favorite foods still on the menu. (Briefly, Durant’s reps toyed with the idea of keeping KD’s open even after he left; after discussing it with the restaurant group that ran KD’s and opened Legacy, it was quickly, and mutually, agreed that his name come down permanently.) Oklahoma City still has Fortune 500 companies headquartered there, like Chesapeake, and Devon Energy. The Sonic Corporation is based in OKC, as are the headquarters for Hobby Lobby stores. A study by Realtor.com last year had Oklahoma City in the top 10 cities nationwide among top destinations for millennials.
The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar was left out in the loaded West in the NBA’s new voting system, which included players and media for the first time this season. “It is what it is,” Westbrook said Friday. “That’s the nature of the business, the game. I just play. I don’t play for All-Star bids. I play to win championships and every night I compete at a high level, and it’ll work out. I just continue doing what I’m doing and play the game the right way and everything else will work out.”
Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry is hot on Stojakovic’ tail, trailing the 3-time All-Star by just 11 makes coming into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Be it Wednesday or sometime late in the week, Curry will almost assuredly surpass the former Kings star. “Records are meant to be broken,” Stojakovic said. “Steph is definitely a guy, that if he continues to shoot – him and Klay (Thompson), if they continue to stay on the same pace, they can climb all the way to one and two.”
Dez Wells, after resisting going overseas when he went undrafted out of Maryland in 2015, will play in Germany, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Wednesday. Wells will play for Tigers Tubingen in the Bundesliga. He played for the Chicago Bulls at Las Vegas summer league this year where he averaged just 4.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 18 minutes in seven starts. He was injured (thumb) after agreeing to play with the Wizards at summer league last year and again after training camp with the Oklahoma City Thunder (hamstring) and never found his footing.
He stole the ball from Kevin Durant on one end, then weaved his way in and out of all those blue jerseys on the other. Down the right side of the lane – past Russell Westbrook, past Steven Adams – the ball over them all as his finger-roll fell in for a 10-point lead with 1:02 to go. “We ain’t going home,” he yelled into the Oracle Arena crowd. No, they’re not. Down 3-2 and still facing the toughest of tasks, they’re headed to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday.
“When you walk in the building every day and see things running the right way,” Durant said, “you go out there and practice the right way and play the right way.” Even now, though, the Thunder have already played an outsize role in changing this city. “It’s been amazing to see the growth,” Durant said. “It feels like we’re all growing together.”
No one outside the Thunder, not even the ancient Tim Duncan, can say they have been with their team from the beginning. This team is still in its infancy. Thunder general manager Sam Presti, who keeps stacks of Architectural Digest behind his desk and Frank Llloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe biographies in his office, said its legacy is being built every day. Even now, though, the Thunder have already played an outsize role in changing this city. “It’s been amazing to see the growth,” Durant said. “It feels like we’re all growing together.”