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The Meaning Behind Kevin Durant’s Signals

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 4, 2012

Ever wonder what exactly Kevin Durant is doing with all those hand gestures just before taking the court to start every game? The guy has an extensive routine, and he has it down pat. After the team handshake line, Durant is paying homage to his people, past and present. Here's how Durant explained his thorough pre-game ritual to me recently.

I tie my shoes. I point to the sky for all my fallen soldiers. I tap my chest for my grandma and my mom. I tap my back for Maryland. And I point in the crowd to my brother.
You can see Durant's intricate routine starting at the two-minute mark below. (via Daily Thunder) -DM-

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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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