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Q&A: Kevin Durant talks about the lockout, tattoos and more

Thunder star talked during a break in filming his new movie, ‘Switch'
by Darnell Mayberry Published: September 27, 2011

photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant speaks to the media during a press conference at the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team practice facility in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 16, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant speaks to the media during a press conference at the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team practice facility in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 16, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Kevin Durant has been all over the globe this summer. The Thunder star has kept a schedule that he admits has little predictability. Perhaps the most stability Durant has had since the Thunder's season ended in late May has come over the last week as he's been stationed in Baton Rouge, La., to film his upcoming movie “Switch.”

During a break in filming, Durant sat down for a one-on-one interview with The Oklahoman, touching on topics such as the NBA lockout, his offseason workouts, potential plans for a charity game in Oklahoma and, of course, his new tattoos.

What was your reaction to the postponement of training camp and the cancellation of 43 preseason games?

I was shocked. The lockout is starting to be for real now. Now that they've canceled some preseason games and postponed training camp, people are starting to really think this thing can really happen. But as players, we got to stick together and stay positive and hopefully we bring something together for the fans.

Is there one issue that's most important to you in negotiations?

Security. Just knowing that you have a guaranteed contract. They're trying to bring the hard cap in there, and that's something that I think is not going to favor us so much as players.

You said recently that the players won't back down. But does that stance start to change as more games get wiped out?

Yeah, I can easily say that when nothing's been canceled. That's kind of tough. But I think we are going to stick together. We want our voices to be heard. We don't want to give in. But it's going to be tough to miss some games and miss some time. But as players, we're going to try to stick this thing out as long as we can.

What can you tell us about the guys from the roster who got together in Austin recently?

It was great. Texas did a great job of hosting us on campus. But we were just working out. We would go at 8 in the morning and lift, then we would go upstairs and work out on the court. Then we would take about a three-hour break, grab some food and come back and hoop; play pick-up, stuff that we would normally do around this time in the preseason, but it would just be in Oklahoma City. It was really good.

Is it true you guys have another similar gathering already planned?

Yeah, we got another one coming up on the third (of October). We're going to go to Lexington. Nazr (Mohammed) set everything up. Royal (Ivey) and Nick (Collison) set it up in Austin. So they've been doing a good job. Hopefully it's going to help us once we do start playing.

You've been playing in charity games all over the country and even the world. Is there a chance that you and some of your teammates hold one in Oklahoma City?

I was thinking about doing that. But of course it's more than just saying you want to do it. Finding a place to play, because you know if we do it it's going to be packed. Everybody in Oklahoma City is going to want to see it. I want to try to do it and get not just our players from our team but guys all around the league to come play in it and make it a nice event. But it's a matter of where we're going to do it. I was thinking about the Cox Convention Center. I don't know if we can get that or not. Who knows? But I want to do it just for the fans of Oklahoma City who haven't seen us play. If the lockout goes throughout the month of October, that's when I'll try to set that up.

What's your ultimate goal playing in all these streetball and pickup games?

Really just trying to get better. Trying to grow as a player. Playing against NBA players around this time is really going to help. So it's just a matter of me just going out there and hooping and enjoying it. I just do it for the love of the game, really.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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