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  • Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant will settle down in Washington D.C. area one day

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Let the Kevin Durant-to-D.C. speculation continue. It'll be a constant stream over the next two seasons as Durant approaches free agency in 2016. Last week on ESPN 980, former University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams said he'd be shocked if Durant doesn't live in the Washington D.C. area once his playing career is over. Williams said Durant is keeping an eye on what happened with LeBron James and his decision to go home to Cleveland. From Dan Steinburg's Blog via The Washington Post: “One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant’s watching that very close,” Williams said. “He’s seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area. He does. He’s back every summer. He plays at Montrose [Christian] against their high school kids sometimes; he’s out there taking charges. He just loves to play basketball. He’s been over at Maryland, he plays with the players over there. He just wants to play. And these are where his ties are. I know one thing, when his career’s over, I’d be shocked if he didn’t live in this area.” Williams goes on to say that the Wizards make progress while falling a step short in the East, that could simultaneously show that Durant is what's missing in Washington. Williams also couldn't leave out the recent hire of David Adkins, who was an assistant coach at Montrose Christian High School when Durant was there. It's another quote in a series of them that will connect Durant to D.C.

  • OKC: Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook win ESPYs

    By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer, AP Sports Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant of the Thunder won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and teammate Russell Westbrook also was honored at the ESPN award show honoring the year’s best performances Wednesday night. Durant also won best NBA player, ending LeBron James’ two-year reign in both categories. “Everybody helped me out along the way,” the Thunder star said. “My beautiful mom watching at home who couldn’t be here. My favorite teammate, Russell Westbrook.” Durant beat out fellow male athlete nominees Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and boxer Floyd Mayweather.

  • Kevin Durant wins Male Athlete of the Year award at ESPYs

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The awards keep rolling in for Kevin Durant. The league's Most Valuable Player was named the Male Athlete of the Year at the ESPY Awards. Durant was also named the Best NBA Player at the event. Durant didn't forget to mention his "favorite teammate in the world" Russell Westbrook as well. Westbrook was named the Best Comeback Athlete at the ESPYs. Mixed Martial Arts fighter Ronda Rousey was named the Best Female Athlete.

  • OKC Thunder: Here's Kevin Durant on the cover of NBA2K15

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Earlier this year, Kevin Durant was announced as the face of NBA2K15 -- the popular basketball video game series by 2KSports. The news happened to fall on the same day as his league MVP announcement . On Tuesday, the star unveiled the cover of the game, set for release on Oct. 7. on multiple...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant inks first big Roc Nation-negotiated deal

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Kevin Durant has signed his first major endorsement deal since switching agents to Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward signed a deal Monday to endorse Sparkling Ice, a zero calorie carbonated water drink that is one of the fastest growing beverage brands in the U.S. Terms weren't disclosed.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why LeBron James' decision shows that OKC fans should embrace Kevin Durant's loyalty

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant throws up the Hook ’Em Horns hand signal, and Oklahomans groan. He gets away with it because, hey, he’s Kevin Durant, but most Thunder fans would just as soon he knock it off. Plenty of them cheer for the Sooners or the Cowboys, too, and those Longhorns are no-good so-and-sos. But on the day that LeBron James announced he was going back to Cleveland, I have some advice for Thunder fans: embrace the fact that KD throws up the horns. The reason? It’s an indication that Durant is a loyal dude. He spent roughly 17 minutes at Texas — OK, it was actually a year — but he’s as dyed in the burnt orange wool as they come. He goes back to Austin all the time. He travels to Texas games whenever

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reportedly trying to get Caron Butler to return

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    When Caron Butler reached a buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks back in February, a number of teams coveted the veteran forward’s services for the playoff run. Butler, of course, chose the Oklahoma City Thunder. He opted for the Western Conference powerhouse for a number of reasons, one being the persuasiveness of Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. Butler is a free agent again and Durant is making his pitch to convince his friend to re-sign with the Thunder. Durant flew from Los Angeles, where he had been working out, to attend Butler’s basketball camp at Park High School in Racine.

  • Kevin Durant shows off 360 spin jumper in workouts

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Kevin Durant might not bust out the 360 spin and shot in a game, but it is an interesting offseason workout. Durant posted this video on his Instagram account on Tuesday in which he spins on one foot before taking a midrange jump shot. Durant's caption: My brother @aharri21 (Adam Harrington) has me doing some sick stuff for my balance. Challenging to say the least. This is the last video I will be posting of me gettin it in. That's not what I do it for but I thought u guys might like it.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry is talking NBA Draft on the Power Lunch chat today. What will the Thunder do tonight with two first-round picks? Ask Mayberry at 11 a.m.

  • Kevin Durant defends LeBron James' decision to opt out

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Because everything LeBron James does is a big deal, James’s decision to exercise the early termination option in his Miami Heat contract and again become a free agent was a very big deal this week. If James needed support, enter Kevin Durant. The Thunder star, in Washington on Wednesday afternoon to unveil his new Nike sneaker, said he didn’t understand the furor. “I don’t know what the big deal is,” Durant said, shortly after his “KD7″ was revealed. “You know, as a player, I think that’s the best way to go about it. You can have all your options. It’s better for you as a player to opt-out, because you can get a market deal, you can get more years. You never know what will happen if you pass up on that. So I didn’t know what the big deal was."

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant's new Nike commercial 'The Baddest'

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    On Wednesday, Kevin Durant teammed up with Nike to unveil his new shoe, the KD7. Durant's latest commercial dropped as, well with fans and some NBA Hall of Famers deeming KD "the baddest" player in the NBA today. From the YouTube video: "The best? You can spend all day debating that. But the baddest player in the league? There's only one answer to that. Kevin Durant. #THEBADD35T"

  • Media notes: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook nominated for 2014 ESPY awards

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been nominated for the 2014 ESPY awards. Durant was selected in two categories, best male athlete and best NBA player. Westbrook was nominated for best comeback athlete. Also nominated for best male athlete were Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Also nominated for best NBA player were former OCS and OU star Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clipppers, LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. Westbrook’s competition for best comeback athlete are Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and New York Rangers

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant's new shoe teased in Nike ad

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    The latest edition of Kevin Durant's shoe line will be unveiled next week. Nike Basketball released a YouTube teaser on Wednesday to get the hype going about the KD7. The shoe giants will unveil Durant's latest signature shoe in a live online broadcast June 25 at 11 a.m. "Lightning never strikes the same place twice/And neither does KD," the video says. According to the Nike Basketball YouTube video, broadcast legend Ahmad Rashad will host Durant and Nike designer Leo Chang for the live debut "with a few surprises." Photos of the KD VII have already leaked, but who knows what Nike will reveal next week.

  • OKC Thunder: What's next for Kevin Durant?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Coming off an MVP season and a loss in the conference finals to the eventual NBA champs, Durant acknowledges that he ‘always can be better.’

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Kevin Durant's 2013-14 season.

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Scoring: A. No surprise here. Durant is the best scorer on the planet. His 32-point scoring average this season was a career high and earned him his fourth scoring title in five seasons. But it was also the efficiency with which Durant scored. Despite needing to assume more responsibility while Russell Westbrook healed from knee surgeries, Durant’s career-high 20.8 average shot attempts barely budged his accuracy. He still shot 50.3 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent from 3-point range and 87.3 percent from the foul line. Playmaking: A. One of the best aspects of Durant’s season was he didn’t try to do it all himself. He continued to set up his teammates with the pass. He averaged a career-high 5.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    1: League Most Valuable Player award. Durant took home his first MVP after finishing as the runner-up three times. 2: 50-point games. Durant scored 54 points in a home win over Golden State on Jan. 17 and 51 points in a double-overtime road win at Toronto on March 21. 3: Triple-doubles. 5.5: Assists per game, a career high. 12: Consecutive games of at least 30 points, the longest such scoring streak since Tracy McGrady scored 30 in 14 straight games in 2003. 14: 40-point games. 15: Technical fouls in the regular season, topping last year’s then-career high 12. Durant’s 15 technical fouls were one shy of an automatic one-game suspension and cost him $46,000 this season. 32.0: Points per game,

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Knicks' Derek Fisher hiring means the Kevin Durant free agency rumor mill is kicking into high gear

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Brace yourselves, Thunder fans. This is only the beginning. For the next two years, any major move by any franchise that might be a player in 2016 free agency is likely to come with a Kevin Durant subtext.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant in new ad for NBA 2K15

    Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant is the face of NBA 2K15, which will be released Oct. 7 on multiple platforms. In this new promotional video entitled "Most Valuable Players," snippets of Durant's MVP speech are spoken by Durant himself and players of the video game. 2K announced its pre-order bonus pack for NBA 2K15 today with the new Most Valuable Players trailer. Fans who preorder NBA 2K15 will receive 5,000 Virtual Currency, Kevin Durant Throwback MyTeam card, two MyTeam card packs, and MyPlayer leg sleeves inspired by Kevin Durant.

  • Kevin Durant a unanimous All-NBA First Team pick

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Kevin Durant joined a star-studded bunch on the All-NBA First Team, announced Wednesday by the league. Durant earned his fifth All-NBA First Team selection and was the only unanimous selection, appearing on all 125 ballots as a First-Team selection. Miami Heat forward LeBron James appeared on 124 of 125 ballots. Joining Durant and LeBron on the First Team are Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and Houston Rockets guard James Harden. The All-NBA Second Team consists of guards Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, forwards Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and center Dwight Howard of the Rockets. The All-NBA Third Team includes the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and the Phoenix Suns’ Goran Dragic at guard, the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George and the Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge at forward and the Charlotte Hornets’ Al Jefferson at center. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook received 32 votes, including one first-place vote.