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  • Kevin Durant receives game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    It's been a good week for professional franchises in the DC area. Which means, from a fan's perspective, it's been a solid week for Kevin Durant. On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East title, leading Durant to send out a celebratory Instagram post the next day, showing off his  custom made Nationals jersey. And just a few days before, the Washington Redskins won their home opener 41-10 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Durant was at the game and, apparently, received the game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Here he is showing it off in a recent Instagram post:

  • PHOTO: Kevin Durant is ready for the Washington Nationals' playoff run

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Kevin Durant is from the Maryland/D.C. area. This is known. Which leaves him at a crossroads potentially: Root for the Baltimore Orioles or the Washington Nationals? Durant made his allegances clear when he posted an Instagram picture Thursday afternoon of himself wearing a Nationals jersey with his nickname "Easy Money" stitched on the back. "Yea man! Natitude," Durant posted. Both the Nationals (National League East) and the Orioles (American League East) have wrapped up their division titles and clinched playoff berths.

  • Kevin Durant opens up to Esquire about his friendship with Karl Malone and more

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Esquire Magazine recently interviewed Kevin Durant on various topics including his influences growing up, his career and talking to the younger players. Turns out, Durant doesn't only look to his mother in tough times ("She's always on my side being positive and letting me know that it's going to be alright.") He also has a friend in The Mailman - Karl Malone. "I've gotten close with Karl Malone, who's called me numerous times when he can see on TV that I'm struggling, feeling bad after a loss," Durant said. "He can tell." Some other highlights from the interview: There were plenty of times when I wanted to quit because I was working too hard, but he knew I could handle it, and he was confident for me when I couldn't be confident for myself. We tend to take our careers too seriously and let it take over us. But great teachers have a great balance of working extremely hard to be the best, but also realizing what's the most important thing in life.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant pays homage to Allen Iverson on Instagram

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Kevin Durant posted a photo of himself and future NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson on his Instagram Monday . The message? Iverson -- reffered to as "Chuck" in Durant's post (FYI, " Bubba Chuck " is one of Iverson's nicknames) -- changed the game. "Chuck too real. He changed the way we play ball," Durant said. "He changed the culture of ball. He is pound for pound the best. He paved the way. I can go on and on. But he's a legend and I'm just walking the path he created." In a November interview with BallisLife.com , Iverson said that in 20-30 years, everyone will be talking about Durant as one of the all-time greats."

  • Kevin Durant rated 95 in NBA 2K15; three other players rated above 90

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Kevin Durant is the NBA's Most Valuable Player. It looks like he rates among the best in the NBA in the video game world as well. 2K Sports announced that Durant will be 1 of 4 current NBA players with an overall rating above 90, in their new rating system for NBA 2K15. Durant, who graces the cover of the game set to be released Oct. 7, will have an overall rating of 95 and will be joined in the 90s by three other players. One would presume LeBron James will be another player in the 90s, maybe even rated higher than Durant. Who are the other two players? My guess would be Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and  Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

  • Kevin Durant pens deal for stake in frozen yogurt chain

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Thunder star Kevin Durant will endorse Oklahoma City-based chain Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt as part of a deal with the company.

  • Kevin Durant signs another deal, this time Orange Leaf

    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant said Thursday that he has signed a partnership deal with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Durant will own an undisclosed percentage of the company, his first such partnership since he joined the Roc Nation agency founded by Jay-Z last year. Orange Leaf, based in Oklahoma City, has 321 stores in 40 states, four in Australia and 69 under construction. Reese Travis, CEO of Orange Leaf, thought he was on the right track when he chose to pursue Durant as the company’s first brand ambassador. Because of his negotiations with the Oklahoma City star, Travis was invited to attend the MVP award ceremony and once he heard Durant’s acceptance speech, he knew he was doing the right thing. “It

  • OKC Thunder: Meet the man who owns every pair of Kevin Durant's signature 'KD VI' colorways

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Chris McCord of Oklahoma City won a contest for the right to purchase his first pair of KD VIs. That led to a borderline obsession.

  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • Kevin Durant shows you what's inside his fridge

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    As a part of Sports Illustrated's Fridge Raider series, Thunder forward Kevin Durant opened up his refrigerator to show off what he keeps on chill. Most of what Durant consumes is fish and veggies for protein (as well as STRONG & KIND bars), and natural foods like oatmeal, fruit and a lot of water. But the Thunder star does have a sweet tooth, particularly for Twizzlers, honey buns and Oreos.

  • Thunder No. 2 in SI's Western Conference Power Rankings

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    It's the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the top of the Western Conference again. Sports Illustrated released its offseason power rankings, and last season's Western Conference finalists are 1-2 in the West. From Ben Golliver: "2. Oklahoma City Thunder: The franchise's first championship of the Oklahoma City era is within reach if it can simply avoid the bad luck that piled up throughout last season. A career year from Kevin Durant, who surpassed James in both the MVP race and Player Efficiency Rating, carried the team through Russell Westbrook's multiple absences, but it wasn't enough to make up for Serge Ibaka's devastating calf injury that limited him during the conference finals. Still, it took a vintage performance from Duncan to slay the Thunder in six games, and Oklahoma City can take heart knowing that it posted a 6-2 record against San Antonio last season when Ibaka played."

  • Kevin Durant Reveals His Go-To Pump-Up Song For the Past 4 Years

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    In a recent press conference, Kevin Durant described his absolute favorite song of all time, which sets his pre-game mentality. "It just makes me feel...right," he said with a starry look in his eyes. Stack.com reports Durant went on to call Clipse's "I'm Good" his "theme song," which ideally would be played when he first walks into the arena.

  • Photo Of Kevin Durant Next To A Professional Baseball Player Shows You How Tall NBA Players Really Are

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Here is a picture of two professional athletes, both of whom are All-Stars in their respective sports. Kevin Durant is listed at 6'10". Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is 5'6". He's the smallest player in Major League Baseball, but he's not that far off from the height of an average male human, Business Insider reports. This is your semi-regular reminder that we dramatically underestimate how crazy tall NBA players are. This sort of height is so rare that a full 17% of 7-foot-tall American males aged 20 to 40 play in the NBA, according to David Epstein's book "The Sports Gene."

  • Report: Under Armour offers Kevin Durant rich deal

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Kevin Durant's representation, Roc Nation Sports, informed Nike on Wednesday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years, sources told ESPN.com. The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives such a community center built in his mother's name whose exact worth will not be known for some time. Nike will now have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant's current contract with the brand. Durant can still choose Nike if they don't match, but can't legally choose Under Armour if they do. Nike's last offer, sources said, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.

  • VIDEO: All the Thunder players who have accepted ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    If you would have explained the concept of the Ice Bucket Challenge, then had me predict the first two Thunder players to take part in the now-viral Internet trend, the guess would have been simple. Steven Adams and Hasheem Thabeet, OKC's two massive and fun-loving big men who seem to enjoy the quirky moments of life. But a couple weeks since this well-intentioned fad has hit the web and invaded Instagram pages across the sporting world, neither Thabeet or Adams have released a video. And they are in the minority among Thunder players. Eleven different guys on the OKC roster have had cold water dumped on their head for the ALS charity.

  • Jerry Colangelo 'contractual situation' comments clarified, about Kevin Love, not Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Those interesting comments from Jerry Colangelo on Kevin Durant? Turns out, they were about Kevin Love, and were misinterpreted in various reports.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant in new 'The Badd35t' Foot Locker commerical

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    "This kid out there putting in work. He's the baddest player alive. He just doesn't know it." Maybe that was Kevin Durant once. In his latest "The Badd35t" commercial for Nike and Foot Locker, Kevin Durant says he was that kid. Durant tweeted out video of his latest spot on Thursday afternoon. "They say you're too skinny. Too weak. Too nice. "They said all that to me too. "Just go get a ball. Find a hoop. "Then when you're ready ... I'll be waiting."

  • Kevin Durant looks ridiculously real in NBA2K15 screenshots

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    As many of you know, Kevin Durant is the face of the latest NBA2K video game — NBA2K15 — set for release on Oct. 7. Not much has been seen of the game other than a few teaser videos, but a high-resolution screen shot was released this week of Durant  and it’s pretty unbelievable. The […]

  • Report: Kevin Durant meets with Under Armour

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell says that Kevin Durant met with Under Armour on Wednesday at its headquarters in Baltimore, Md. Durant is a shoe free agent after spending his entire professional career with Nike. The Thunder forward's endorsement deal with Nike expired in July. Durant was reportedly offered a deal in excess of $30 million annually by Under Armour , which operates out of Durant's home state. Nike and Adidas are also reportedly after Durant. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player  released his latest shoe -- the Nike KD7 -- in June.

  • Report: Dropping Drake could have gotten Raptors out of Kevin Durant comments fine

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    This week, the NBA hit the Toronto Raptors with a $25,000 fine for rapper Drake tampering after he made comments about Kevin Durant potentially playing in Canada. But the Raptors could have gotten their money back, according to Cathal Kelly of Toronto's The Globe and Mail. Kelly writes that "the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused." Kelly's point: Money well spent for the Raptors in a league seemingly flush with rampant recruiting and tampering. From Kelly: "Somebody’s worried about it now. Someone has picked up a phone – likely Thunder owner Clayton Bennett – and chewed the face off someone else at the league office. The league reacted by cooking up a financial penalty for a musical entertainer guilty of musing in public about a professional athlete coming to play for his local team. If that’s the new normal, everyone in the hip-hop business had better start putting money in an NBA Swear Jar."