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James Brown talks about interview with OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant

by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 3, 2013

I think they'll see someone that really will make them say, ‘You know what, he really seems to be the real deal.' He is totally comfortable being in a small market, but he fits the small market very well with the kind of salt-of-the-earth people there; and is regarded as a native Oklahoman because his values and his priorities seemingly are in lockstep with those that you would expect in Oklahoma: family oriented, help oriented. The tornadoes that went through Moore, Oklahoma, would be symbolic of that in terms of being out there and wanting to help but doing it in a low-key fashion.

 You made multiple trips to Oklahoma City to work on the piece. What do you take away from your time in the city and around the Thunder franchise?

Pretty much the same things that describe him are what I took away. There's a key measurement for me of whether or not I like a city or like people. They may be atypical by the standards which most would judge. Mine are all based on a hospitality quotient. A friendly quotient, if you will. And by that measure, they're at the top of the scale because folks are really down to earth, thoughtful, unselfish, community oriented and neighborly. Certainly, you have faith being a strong foundation element. And, quite frankly, all those things appeal to me.

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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