“With him working out with LeBron, I have no problem with that,” he said. “You get better by playing against the best players.”
Crowded backcourt: Thunder GM Sam Presti. announced Wednesday the team had signed guard Walker Russell to a contract.
Russell (6-0, 170 pounds), appeared in 28 games last season with the Detroit Pistons and averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 assists in 12.8 minutes per outing.
In the past six years he has played professionally in the Dominican Republic (2011), China (2011), Germany (2010-11), Puerto Rico (2010), Bulgaria (2009-10), Spain (2008) and the Czech Republic (2006-07).
The Thunder have 11 guards on their training camp roster.
Animal Kingdom: The Oklahoma City Zoo named its Red Panda after Durant. Kaydee was brought into the world the same day the Thunder earned a spot in the NBA Finals.
Durant didn’t know about it until media members brought it to his attention.
“Thank you,” Durant responded. “That’s a first. Feels good.”
When Harden was asked what animal he’d want named after him, he said he didn’t know but it would have to be hairy.
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