OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant being lured back to Washington

by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 1, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, front right, shoots as he is defended by Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 96-81. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, front right, shoots as he is defended by Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 96-81. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NO STAT ALL-STARS

Thunder coach Scott Brooks again backed starting center Kendrick Perkins when asked what made sitting him so effective in the Thunder's win Wednesday at Miami.

“With Perk — and you guys are obviously a lot smarter than me — I look at stats and I try to analyze it and use the things I feel are important,” Brooks said. “But until somebody can come up with a stat on chemistry, a stat on intangibles and a stat on heart, it's hard to judge guys like Perk, guys like Nick (Collison) or guys like (Derek Fisher). Because those guys bring those things that numbers don't do it any justice.”

ADVICE TO MAYNOR

Durant received an unexpected phone call upon arriving in Washington early Saturday morning.

It was friend and former teammate Eric Maynor.

“Eric called me as soon as I got off the plane last night, at 2 in the morning,” Durant said before facing Maynor's Wizards. “I was wondering what he was doing up. He was just chilling. I guess he missed me. So I keep in touch with him and his family. He's always going to be a brother.”

Maynor has struggled mightily in his debut season with the Wizards and has fallen out of the rotation. He's averaging 2.3 points, one rebound and 1.7 assists while shooting 29.2 percent in 9.3 minutes.

“He's a vet,” Durant said. “He knows how to handle it. Just keep working.”

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Washington coach Randy Wittman on the legacy of departed NBA commissioner David Stern: “We came in the same year, as a player and as commissioner. So I've been here for all 30 years of what he's done. I think he's going to go down as one of the great commissioners of all sports when it's said and done.”

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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