OKC Thunder: The different sides to Darius Bazley

OKC Thunder Darius Bazley (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder’s Darius Bazley at a Jr. NBA Clinic (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Sports fan Bazley:

“Can you sit down” is what a Philadelphia Eagles fan said to Bazley when he was passionately cheering for the Seattle Seahawks in a game that the team attended in January. He was ecstatic to be at his first NFL game and really was just winding up fans to the amusement of his teammates and us at home unless you are an Eagles supporter.

We’ve all been that type of fan right? When our team is going well we have to show it and when they’re not we don’t let anyone say anything bad about them.

The MasterChef:

Bazley and teammate Deonte Burton went head to head earlier in the season and instead of in practice this time it was in the kitchen. In 30 minutes, they put together a dish that was judged by OKC Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo.

Chef Bazley made jerk chicken with rice, garlic bread, and sauteed asparagus. He actually wore a chef’s hat (toque blanche) and looked confident from the outset that he was going to win the challenge. He was also the loudest in the kitchen expressing that despite having limited time, he was made to overcome pressure.

Putting his cooking skills to the test, he came out as the winner with a nice presentation and a delicious meal according to Hami.

The question is can he match up with a professional chef? Watch this space.

Locked in Darius:

On the court, Darius has the ability to cause havoc for his opponents. His 6’8″ length means he can easily get over defenders and then disrupt the offense of others. He can also shoot from the perimeter and is confident in asserting himself into the game.

When called onto the floor you know he’s going to give it his all, remaining focused in doing his job to the best of his ability. That is proven to be a key element to the OKC Thunder’s success.

As OKC continues to develop their youngsters, Bazley will only get better and he’s already got the right committed mindset.