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Kevin Durant To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

Mar 27, 2015 3:14 PM

Kevin Durant will undergo season ending surgery on his foot. 

Sam Presti released the following statement:

“As we communicated last week, Kevin was going to use this time to engage in consultation and evaluation regarding the persistent soreness in his right foot at this stage of his rehabilitation. As part of this process, Kevin and Thunder personnel traveled to two additional specialists this past week; Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York City and Dr. James Nunley at Duke University. These in-person consults were designed to further supplement the previous evaluations of Dr. Bob Anderson. Several conference calls and discussions amongst the specialist team concluded that, while the majority of the soreness in Kevin’s foot was related to continued inflammation of the cuboid bone and would subside with rest, the evaluation process also determined that the Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which had shown significant healing previously, was now demonstrating signs of regression.  

"With the focus of this process being aimed entirely on Kevin's long term health and stability, it was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommendedapproach. The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period. While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability. 

"Dr. O’Malley will perform the bone graft surgery early next week in New York. He has extensive bone grafting experience amongst athletes and has been consulting on the case throughout. Kevin will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season and is expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months.” 

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Westbrook Confused Why Media Asking About Defense After Giving Up 1.369 PPP

Mar 26, 2015 12:44 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were blown out on Wednesday by the San Antonio Spurs, losing 130-91.

Russell Westbrook didn't understand why the media asked him about their defense following the game.

"Uh, defensive issues carrying over. I'm confused," said Westbrook. "You didn't say that when we won four games in a row. I'm just a little confused."

The Thunder had won four straight games before Wednesday, but they also were struggling on defense.

"You can play bad defense [and win], but you don't mention it when we win," Westbrook said. "But when we lose you want to mention it. I'm just a little confused."

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Mar. 20: 121.0
Mar. 22: 84.1
Mar. 24: 121.2
Mar. 25: 136.9

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Nick Collison Out Minimum Of 10 Days With Sprained Ankle

Mar 21, 2015 11:04 PM

Nick Collison sprained his left ankle on Friday and will miss at least the next 10 days.

Scott Brooks said the injury will sideline Collison through at least March.

Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter also remain out for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Thunder Media Policies Believed To Be Effort To Help Keep Players

Mar 20, 2015 5:26 PM

In an excellent longform piece about the local media's relationship with the Oklahoma City Thunder, longtime columnist Barry Tramel suggested the organization attempts to shield their players from the press as "a simple calculation."

“They got a plan,” Tramel said.

“What the Thunder’s doing is, within league policies, ‘Let’s make everything as good as it can be for the players.’” 

The Thunder have rarely made players available for one-on-one interviews with even the most prominent local reporters.

“[Players] will want to come here, they’ll want to stay," said Tramel. We don’t have a beach. We don’t have Hollywood. But we sure can make things easy on them.”

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have been increasingly at odds with the media this season.

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Kevin Durant Removed From Basketball Activities

Mar 20, 2015 12:33 PM

Kevin Durant has been removed from all basketball activities by the Oklahoma City Thunder. There is no timetable for when Durant will be ready to play.

Durant first underwent surgery on his right foot before the season and returned faster than expected. Durant underwent a second minor procedure in February to relieve soreness.

Durant was getting closer to a return before suffering a relapse of soreness this week.

"His health is the most important thing," said Sam Presti.

Durant has not been ruled out for the rest of the season, but he hasn't been recovering the way that the Thunder had anticipated. Presi said Durant is out indefinitely and will not return until the soreness in his foot goes away.

"Essentially, that's the direction we're headed right now," said Presti when asked if Durant could be out for the rest of the season.

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Iverson: Westbrook Reminds Me So Much Of Myself

Mar 20, 2015 11:50 AM

Russell Westbrook has a lot of admirers and Allen Iverson may be one of his biggest.

Iverson sat with the Philadelphia 76ers' announcers during Wednesday's game and was asked what he looks for in a player and gave Westbrook as an example.

"I'm biggest Westbrook fan I think there is because reminds me so much of myself as far as his heart, laying it on the line night in and night out.”


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Thunder Uncertain On Kevin Durant's Return Date

Mar 19, 2015 6:42 PM

Kevin Durant did not practice on Thursday due to soreness in his right foot, which underwent a second procedure on Feb. 22.

“That’s expected, to have some peaks and valleys,” Scott Brooks said. “We always have a cautious approach, so today he didn’t do anything.”

Durant's return date remains uncertain and he has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Durant had increased his activity in recent weeks and returned to practice last Saturday, but soreness has reemerged.

Brooks announced last Wednesday that Durant would return to the lineup “in a week or two.” But after delivering Thursday’s news, Brooks couldn’t say whether Durant now needs a new timeline.

“I don’t know that yet,” Brooks said. “But with all of our players’ injuries we’ll always take the best interest of the players and always have a cautious approach.”

Durant has played in only 27 games this season due to various injuries.

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Serge Ibaka Out 4-6 Weeks Following Surgery On Knee

Mar 17, 2015 4:32 PM

Serge Ibaka underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to address right knee soreness.

“After monitoring the soreness in Serge’s knee and having taken several intermediate steps to assess and manage the discomfort, it was determined that the necessary next step in the evaluation was to see a specialist to discuss options to help alleviate the soreness and swelling he had been experiencing,” said Presti. “During the consultation with Dr. David Altchek, his recommendation, in agreement with Thunder medical personnel, Serge and his representatives, was for Serge to have arthroscopic surgery to remedy the problematic area.” 

Ibaka will be out approximately four to six weeks. 

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Serge Ibaka To Undergo Procedure On Knee

Mar 16, 2015 1:35 PM

Serge Ibaka will undergo a knee procedure to address some persistent soreness.

Ibaka's timeline for return is unclear.

Ibaka has missed the past two games with what the Oklahoma City Thunder have described as knee soreness.

The Thunder have dealt with significant injuries this season to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Ibaka is averaging 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 64 games this season.

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Sam Presti: Ludicrous To Assert Thunder Would Trade Kevin Durant

Mar 11, 2015 8:18 PM

Sam Presti was asked about the idea that the Oklahoma City Thunder would consider trading away Kevin Durant.

Durant will be a free agent in 2016.

"It's ludicrous to assert that we would trade Kevin," said Presti to Darnell Mayberry.

"There's no way to measure what he represents to our organization on and off the floor. He has helped build this organization from the ground up and personifies the Thunder: past, present and future. When he's done playing there will be streets named after him throughout the state and younger generations of Oklahomans will learn about the role Kevin has played in elevating this community in ways beyond basketball."

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