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November 20, 2014 Updates

But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets, Bryant was asked about whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean." Oklahoman

Kevin Durant hasn't yet played this season, recovering from a broken bone in his foot, but the Oklahoma City Thunder forward continues to make moves off the court. On Thursday, Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first-ever athlete ambassador. ESPN.com

November 19, 2014 Updates

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that guard Andre Roberson is close to returning to the lineup after missing the past eight games while recovering from a sprained left foot. Brooks said Roberson could rejoin the lineup this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday’s game at Denver. Oklahoman

November 18, 2014 Updates
November 17, 2014 Updates

Harden held out for what he believed he was worth. Jackson is now doing the same. “I fell into the same situation, and that could have been my only contract And I’m sure Reggie feels the same way,” Harden told The Oklahoman. “He has to get the money that he’s earned and that he’s worked his whole life for. It’s the nature of the business. It’s going to happen every single year and it’s going to continue to happen.” Oklahoman

Harden’s advice for Jackson as he navigates this process is simple: keep your head up. “I just said to him, keep going out there and hooping,” Harden said. “Do what you’re doing; going out there, being aggressive and attacking, being the vocal leader that you are and everything will fall into place.” Oklahoman

November 16, 2014 Updates
November 15, 2014 Updates

Reggie Jackson wanted to shoulder the responsibility, because I assume that’s what he read it says to do in the Alpha Dog Handbook. “I failed my teammates,” Jackson said, somehow low-talking even more than he normally does. “They played great. We were never supposed to go to overtime. I let them down tonight. If anyone rests uneasy, it’s my fault.” DailyThunder.com

Jackson was talking about the look he at at the end of regulation, a clean opportunity at the buzzer to put the Pistons away and seal a big win for the Thunder. He shook Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on an iso at the free throw line, but seemed to stumble just slightly. He was open, but didn’t have enough time to reset, so he faded and let it fly high, hoping for one of those traditionally favorable Chesapeake bounces. It circled the iron and fell out, and the Thunder were off to an overtime they never gave themselves a chance in. “Loved it, loved the look I got,” Jackson said. “I was wide open. Just didn’t go in.” DailyThunder.com

November 14, 2014 Updates

He’s generating a market value that’ll test the Thunder’s resolve in restricted free agency this summer. Every night, executives examine Jackson, and his offer sheet possibilities are climbing into the $13 million to $14 million range. As one Eastern Conference executive told Yahoo Sports: “He’s a bigger Eric Bledsoe – and probably better.” Yahoo! Sports

Jackson turned down the security of the extension offer in October – risking injury this season and loss of value – for ultimately a simple reason: He doesn’t need the financial security as much as he needs his dogged pursuit of becoming an NBA starter, becoming a star. Oklahoma City can match an offer sheet this summer, but that’s a dance that Jackson wants no part of discussing now. “I am still with the Thunder,” he told Yahoo, “and there are no selfish thoughts when I’m on the floor. I am going to help this team win.” Yahoo! Sports

Reggie Jackson still doesn’t own a car. He drives a Hyundai on a sweetheart lease with an Oklahoma City dealership. He’d use a moped, but understands that’s probably a bad idea. He shops for his clothes on the Macy’s and H&M clearance racks, forever searching for the double markdown – red sticker clumped upon red sticker. “I just need to look presentable on the walk from the bus into the arena,” Jackson told Yahoo Sports. “My goal every day, basically, is to not get fined for the dress code. I’ve never needed much. “I’m a minimalist.” Yahoo! Sports

November 13, 2014 Updates

Perkins, who was traded to Oklahoma City in 2011 in a deal that netted Boston Jeff Green, also wouldn't rule out a return to the team that drafted him out of high school in 2003. "If the opportunity presented itself, I would," Perkins said. "But you never know. It's not on me. I have to be wanted, to come back." CSNNE.com

 

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