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- Report: Kevin Durant reaches megadeal to stay with Nike August 31, 2014Darren Rovell and ESPN.com is reporting that Nike believes they will be able to keep Kevin Durant in tow after Nike has countered Under Armour’s offer. Looks like they will keep Kevin Durant. Story coming from @ESPNSteinLine and I. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 31, 2014 According to the report, Nike officials told Durant and his team at Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports that it would do what was needed to come close to the $325 million offered by Under Armour. While the exact Nike offer for Durant isn’t known, sources told ESPN that Durant should make more — in base and royalties — than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million). That’s why fans in Oklahoma City were nervous about a possible move to Under Armour, which could have steered him more to returning to his local roots to play for the Washington Wizards when he becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season. Analyst Omar Saad, senior managing director of ISI’s luxury, apparel and footwear team, who ...
- Mitch McGary on criticism over positive pot test at Michigan: ‘Whatever, so what’ (video) August 29, 2014When Mitch McGary tested positive for marijuana in March while nursing a back injury that prematurely ended his season in December, the then-Michigan Wolverines basketball star read the writing on the wall. Either accept the customary one-year NCAA suspension, meaning he would miss the entire 2014-15 men’s basketball season, or declare for the 2014 NBA […] The post Mitch McGary on criticism over positive pot test at Michigan: ‘Whatever, so what’ (video) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.
- Thunder Rookie Mitch McGary: ‘So What’ I Smoked Weed In College (Video) August 29, 2014Mitch McGary has no problem talking about the drug suspension that prematurely ended his college career at Michigan. The 22-year-old power forward tested positive for marijuana late last season and, facing a one-year ban from college hoops, elected to declare for the 2014 NBA draft, where he was selected No. 21 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. McGary was very candid about his punishment in an interview with VICE Sports posted Thursday, saying he believes college sports’ governing body is far too harsh in its stance on recreational drugs. “I get people on Twitter and Instagram, still comment and stuff. ‘Hey, you did drugs,'” McGary said. “Well, I did. Whatever. So what. I learned from it. It was in college. … It was the opposite of harming somebody. The NCAA’s a little harsh on their penalties. I don’t think the penalty fit the crime.” The NCAA already has changed its policy, lowering the suspension for a positive test from one season to half a season. McGary, who is far fro...
- Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 Bold Predictions For 2014-15 August 29, 2014The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off of yet another successful season, but once again they felt that they came up short of their potential. They ended up losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals in six games. It wasn’t an embarrassing loss at all, and they played the Spurs very […] Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 Bold Predictions For 2014-15 - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - Analysis, Opinion and Stats All About The NBA
- Video: Former Michigan Forward Mitch McGary Says His Suspension In College For Marijuana Use Was “A Good Thing” And “A Learning Moment” August 29, 2014It was a bit of a surprise earlier this year when Michigan forward Mitch McGary announced that he would forego his final two years of eligibility to declare for the NBA Draft. Word later came out that McGary was facing a year-long suspension for testing positive for marijuana, which played a major role in McGary — who missed basically the entire 2013-14 season with a back injury — deciding to go pro. In a video for VICE Sports, McGary discussed his suspension, and argued that in the end, it was a good thing, because it provided him with a learning moment and it led to him being drafted by one of the premier organizations in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder. McGary does have a point, as he went from sitting out and watching Michigan play all year to getting drafted by a team with NBA Championship aspirations during the 2014-15 season. Still, it’s good to see that he understands his mistake and that it helped him grow as a person.