Another addition to the Kevin Durant trophy case has come with his selection as 2010 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
Durant led Team USA to a 9-0 record, the gold medal and was named Most Valuable Player at the FIBA World Championship last summer in Turkey.
â€œI had so much fun playing over there,â€ Durant said before Wednesday night's game against Houston inside Oklahoma City Arena. â€œTo be named as the athlete of the year is an amazing accomplishment. I'm so humbled by it. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can every day to maintain that level.â€
Durant averaged a team-best 22.8 points per game, shooting 55.6 percent from the field, 44.6 percent from 3-point and 91.2 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and a team-high 28.2 minutes per game.
â€œKevin brought maturity and a winning mindset to every practice and every game last summer,â€ said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who coached Team USA. â€œHe was a critical part of our success, and his teammates wanted him to have the ball in critical situations. They knew he'd deliver, and he did repeatedly.â€
Durant will be submitted for the U.S. Olympic Committee's 2010 Sportsman of the Year Award, which is expected to be announced in January.
NBA legend Bob Lanier, seated in the front row opposite the Houston bench, is in town for an appearance today with Westbrook at Roosevelt Middle School as part of the NBA Cares program â€œVaccines for Teensâ€ urging local teens to get vaccinated.
A 1992 inductee who now resides in Phoenix, Lanier was an eight-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-American at St. Bonaventure. He also was widely known for wearing size 22 shoes, the largest shoes in NBA history until beaten out by Shaquille O'Neal and his size 23s.
Visitors at the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., are able to compare the size of their feet to Lanier's.
â€œHe's an incredible kid to be around. He's well-coached. No, not well-coached. He's well-liked by his coach.â€ â€” Thunder coach Scott Brooks, commenting on Durant's award from USA Basketball.