It's not Kevin Durant's nature to be a true alpha dog, and as Ric Bucher writes, Durant's willingness to make room for Russell Westbrook and James Harden is the key to Oklahoma City's chemistry and success.
President Barack Obama, who is a fervent basketball fan, will get his NBA fix next month but his campaign will have to postpone the Obama Classic fundraiser that was to feature more than two dozen professional basketball stars.
Add Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson, former NBA All-Star Steve Smith and current Boston Celtics standout Paul Pierce to the list of players that have agreed to play in the "Obama Classic Basketball Game." Take Dwight Howard off that same list.
Details of a six-game, four-continent exhibition tour by NBA players have not been finalized, but 14 of the 18 approached have contractually committed, sources said, and deals with all 18 are expected Sunday night.
In the April 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Ric Bucher details the astounding rise of Russell Westbrook from short, slow high school player who was lightly recruited until his senior year to one of the NBA's best young point guards.