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The Durants in Oklahoma City: Making themselves at home

by Mike Sherman Published: May 27, 2011
Wanda Pratt cheers for her son Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) during game 3 of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 21, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Wanda Pratt cheers for her son Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) during game 3 of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 21, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Wanda Pratt cheers for her son Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) during game 3 of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 21, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

While Michael Lee was covering the Thunder-Mavericks series for the Washington Post, he was also working on a story about Kevin Durant’s family. You can read that story here .

Some highlights:

Wanda Pratt’s advice to her son following the Thunder’s Game 4 meltdown, after which he told reporters “I let the city down.”: “Don’t put this all on yourself. Keep playing. Keep being you.”

Wanda Pratt on how Oklahoma City fits her son: “Kevin is a low-key guy. And Oklahoma is a very settled place. It just works for his personality.”

Tony Durant, Kevin’s older brother, on his transition from Seat Pleasant, Md., to Oklahoma City: “It was a tough transition for me, myself, but I learned to adjust and adapt. Oklahoma has its things, but it’s not D.C. I’m not worried about what’s going on or what’s not. I’m just here to support my brother, regardless of what area I’m in. I don’t care where I am. Me, being his older brother, I’m there to guide him.”

The Western Conference Finals are a big deal for Durant’s family, but his mother and grandmother have their priorties: The skipped Game 1 to attend the final taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

– Mike Sherman

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by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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