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Kevin Durant Says Friendship With Russell Westbrook 'Won't Ever Be The Same'

After eight years of grinding together, the ex-Thunder buddies are going be opponents on the court for the first time next season.

It was all good a few weeks ago as Kevin Durant was expected to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder before free agency began. It all changed on July 4th, when Durant turned the NBA world on its side, and joined the Golden State Warriors on a two year contract. After eight years of grinding together, the Thunder buddies are split up with nothing to show for it. For the first time in their careers, Durant and Russell Westbrook will be opponents when they take the court next season. With Durant taking his talents to California, the KD-Westbrook relationship will be forever fractured.

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The newest splash brother spoke to Sina Sports in China while visiting to promote the KD Nike brand this week.

"I just told him. I let him know how I felt," Durant said of his conversation with Westbrook. "Obviously, our relationship won't ever be the same again. But it's something I wanted to do, and I expressed that to him. Hopefully he respected it."

Durant also talked about how he eventually will have to get used to being the new "villains" of the NBA this upcoming season.

"Yeah, it's difficult. I'm not used to this much attention, but I'm getting used to it," Durant said. "Obviously, people don't like me right now, but it is what it is. I can't please them all. I've got to still go out there and handle my business."

Durant said the main goal of winning a championship is what drove him to join the Warriors. "I want to win a championship, but you've got to play great basketball to win a championship," Durant said to Sina Sports. "Those guys were so close last year, so they're hungry this year to get back. I want to help them. I want to be the guy that takes them over the top."

What does this all mean for the brodie Westbrook? He already said he would not sign an extension before or during the 2016 season. Do the Thunder go into a total rebuild and trade their only star left? Now it's time for Russ to be the selfish one and make the best decision for himself going forward, as a free agent next summer.

When we look back at their respective careers when it's all said and done, one can only wonder what could have been for the Westbrook/Durant tandem.

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Colin Kaepernick To Suit Up For Workout Invite From NFL

Since 2016, Colin Kaepernick has remained on his toes despite opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The decision followed a season where he kneeled during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality and social and economic injustice.

While keeping in shape for the day an NFL team adds him to a roster, the 32-year-old pro-athlete has shared videos of him training so that he's good to go once that day arrives. Now, it looks like he'll be able to, per his recent tweet. On Saturday (Nov. 16), Kaepernick will attend a private workout with NFL teams in Atlanta. According to ESPN, the details of the workout will include on-field drills, an interview, and other methods to determine Kaepernick's preparedness to return to the league.

"I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday," Kaepernick shared with his 2.2 million Twitter followers. "I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."

I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019

On Oct. 10, Kaepernick's legal team released a fact sheet to clear the air on his situation. Questions like offers from NFL teams, why he declined re-signing with the 49ers, and if him filing a grievance hindered his standing with the multi-billion dollar league. Per ESPN, the league later outlined in a memo its reason for hosting a workout after conversations with the quarterback's team.

"Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them. We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career."

Colin Kaepernick’s representatives released statements today to clear up some facts surrounding their client: pic.twitter.com/Wo86KTkKDM

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2019

5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019

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Cam Newton Launches Limited Edition Travel Bag With VINTA Supply Co.

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has a reputation as one of the most fashion-forward athletes in the world. And now, he's placing his stamp on a new travel accessory.

In early 2019, Newton joined forces with the startup premium accessories company Vinta as a creative partner, and the two have launched Newton's first premium backpack, the TYPE-II C1N, available for pre-order at vinta.co. The bag, according to a press release, is "specifically created for style-conscious travelers and busy city living."

“I’m excited to be working with Vinta and putting my first bag out into the world. It’s called the TYPE-II C1N, and it’s designed for a person like me, with a constant schedule, who doesn’t stop and wants a fashionable, high-quality bag that’s functional for everyday life,” Newton said in a statement. “It’s customizable, stylish, and every feature has been so well thought out and designed. That’s what Vinta embodies: travel made easy. I know they’ve done it for me, and I know they’re going to do it for everyone who buys one.”

The TYPE-II C1N comes in two colors – sand and berry – and is made of a weatherproof coated twill exterior, with features such as a modular leather field pack and dopp kit, space for a 15” laptop, an elevated satin interior, internal mesh pockets, and flat lay panels.

This isn't Newton's first foray into fashion and accessories. Along with turning heads with his outrageous outfits at game days and press conferences, earlier in his career, he launched a menswear line with the Southern department store Belk.

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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Becomes Highest Paid Sportscaster

Stephen A. Smith has been one one of the most recognized sports anchor for longer than a decade now. All of his hard, and honest work coming to fruition in a new payday.

The New York Post reported that ESPN offered Stephen A. Smith a nearly $8 million a year contract over the next five years.

This deal makes Smith the highest paid sportscaster at ESPN.  The sports channel reportedly gave Smith some of that new salary upfront in an effort to bring him to the negotiating table, despite having one year remaining on his current deal.

The 51-year-old has been with the network since 2005, making waves with his involvement on First Take, The Stephen A. Smith Show, ESPN’s NBA coverage and more. According to the Post, Smith will remain on First Take each morning and expand his role on SportsCenter — including hosting a special Wednesday night edition ahead of their NBA slate that night throughout the season. His radio show, however, is reportedly set to end next year.

ESPN is also exploring ways to involve Smith with its subscription service “ESPN+, according to the report.

According to the New York Post, Smith will continue hosting First Take while adding more appointment viewing opportunities on SportsCenter. ESPN already announced that Smith will host his own edition of the program at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays before NBA games. The network is also reportedly interested in finding a way to utilize Smith on its subscription platform, ESPN+.

Smith joined ESPN in 2005, working as a weekday radio host while writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

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