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Kevin Durant on the 'Slim Reaper' nickname and its potential as a special edition colorway

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014

Kevin Durant is not a fan of the nickname "Slim Reaper." Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kevin Durant is not a fan of the nickname "Slim Reaper." Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kevin Durant doesn’t like the nickname “The Slim Reaper.”
“I’m here to shine a bright light,” Durant said. “I’m not here to be a guy of, I guess, death. I just like KD better.”
But what about capitalizing on the popularity of the nickname and collaborating with Nike once again on a special edition colorway of his signature KD line of shoes?
Durant has done this several times in the past with “The Weathermans,” a nod to his affinity for weather, the “Maryland Blue Crabs,” which pay homage to his home state, the “Peanut Butter & Jellys,” his favorite sandwich as a kid and the “Aunt Pearls,” in honor of his late aunt among others.
Could a “Slim Reaper” be next?
“To be honest, it’s not really up to me,” Durant said. “If Nike wants to come out with something then they’re going to come out with it. They’re going to ask me, but at the end of the day if they want to do it they’re going to do it.”
Durant, however, acknowledged the potential demand for such a shoe.
“It’s always opportunities for quick hits like that in the marketplace,” he said. “So you never know. But I never really thought about it.”
For now, Durant sounds appreciative of admirers tagging him with a nickname but maintains this one misses the mark in his book.
“That name is what it is,” Durant said. “It’s cool to have a nickname somebody else gave to you. It’s kind of weird if you make your own nickname up. But to have that out there, I guess, is cool…Everybody’s been loving the name. I think I’m the only one that really doesn’t like it too much.”
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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