OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant not competing with LeBron James

In the thick of what is shaping up to be a tight race for the league’s Most Valuable Player award, Thunder forward Kevin Durant appears more interested in team goals rather than entering into a battle of can-you-top-this with Miami forward LeBron James.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 5, 2014
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photo - The Thunder’s Kevin Durant, right, is drawing the assignment of stopping opponents’ top players, like Miami’s LeBron James, left. 
                  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The Thunder’s Kevin Durant, right, is drawing the assignment of stopping opponents’ top players, like Miami’s LeBron James, left. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

PRESEASON GAMES ANNOUNCED

The Thunder will return to Tulsa and Wichita, Kan., for the 2014 preseason, the team announced Wednesday.

Oklahoma City will host Toronto inside Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The Thunder will then play Minnesota at Tulsa’s BOK Center on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

This will be the Thunder’s third consecutive preseason appearance in Wichita and its sixth time visiting Tulsa during the exhibition season.

Tickets for both preseason games will go on sale in mid-April. The Thunder will announced its entire 2014 preseason schedule at a later date.

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Caron Butler on the fan response in his debut Tuesday night — “I was in awe, trying to gather my thoughts. I have to say, for the second time in my career, I was actually nervous. It was, ‘Oh, wow, my first shot may go over the backboard or something.’”

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The Thunder kicks off a two-game road trip Thursday at Phoenix. It’s the second of three meetings between the teams this season. OKC won the first game, 103-96, inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip-off is 8 p.m.

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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