Thunder Notebook: Kevin Durant at ease entering third year

Oklahoman Published: October 28, 2009
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Durant at ease entering third year
On the day before he opens his third NBA season, Kevin Durant was comfortable for the first time. The Thunder’s biggest star said Tuesday that he has a mentality going into tonight’s game against Sacramento that he hadn’t had in either of his two previous seasons.

"I feel good,” Durant said. "This time the last two years I was shaking. I had butterflies. But now I’m calm and I’m ready to play. I’m the leader of this team. They follow me, so I’ve got to be calm and go out there and lead us.”

Durant, who is expected to build on last year’s averages of 25.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists, said his newfound peace has made him much more confident.

"Last year, going into games I would think too much,” Durant said. "Just small, stupid things I would think about. But now I’m just calm and ready to play. I’m just more focused and hopefully I can go out there and help our team get some more wins.”

Harden ready for debut
Rookie James Harden said it still hasn’t set in that he’s in the NBA. But the No. 3 overall pick said he expects that moment to arrive tonight as he makes his debut against Sacramento.

"(I’m) excited, but I can’t get too pumped up,” Harden said. "When I get out there on the court I want to go out there and relax and just have fun.