The consolation prize for Scott Brooks after the playoffs was being able to watch Kevin Durant, with his mother in tow, celebrate the NBA Finals MVP and championship trophy a few weeks ago. His Wizards, who fell in seven games of the East semifinals, had long been booted. All Brooks could do was reminisce about his run with Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka that led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the cusp in 2012 only to end with a five-game loss in the Finals to the Miami Heat. "I think about it a lot," Brooks said of his former team, which fired him after they missed the playoffs despite 45 wins in 2015, to CSNmidatlantic.com. "A lot of things happen. Tough trade (Harden
Near downtown Oklahoma City in the Boathouse District, the backdrop of an overcast morning at the CHK|Central Boathouse where the inside wraparound views from the north shore of the Oklahoma River through the lofty floor-to-ceiling glass windows reminded Terrance Ferguson of Semaphore Beach in Adelaide, Australia. Dressed in his Sunday best in a slim-fitting no-nonsense white button up shirt, black tie and dress slacks, the newest member of the Thunder ambled his way atop the stage with Thunder General Manager and Executive Vice President Sam Presti and Thunder head coach Billy Donovan for an introductory press conference Saturday morning. The moment was the realization of a plan when Ferguson, the 21st overall selection of this year’s NBA Draft, traveled 10,000 miles away after graduating high school to jumpstart his development at the professional level in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia for the Adelaide 36ers last year.
I’ve been a photographer with the Tribune for a few years now. I’ve spent a good portion of that time covering the Bulls, a team with a lot of personalities, but one player I regularly looked forward to covering was Jimmy Butler. He always brought a positive energy to the floor that was contagious to not just the team, but others around him. During warmups, he would talk with everyone near the bench. Once, I even saw him talk with a photographer, borrow his camera, and start taking pictures of Dwyane Wade on the court. He actually took a few photos of me too — #famous. Some players can get annoyed if you move in too close when they’re being photographed, but Butler never seemed to care. There