OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant said he will support Jason Collins

Durant: “if the guy's happy, whatever he does, that's cool with me.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 30, 2013
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Following Monday morning's shoot-around, Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant reacted to Jason Collins' announcement that he is gay.

“If the guy's happy, whatever he does, that's cool with me,” Durant said. “Jason Collins, playing against him, seems like a great guy. Never got the chance to know him, but if he's happy, that's cool. Nobody has any right to judge. He's his own man, makes his own decisions.

“As NBA players, it's like a big group of guys, kind of like a brotherhood. I know I support him. Like I said, I don't really know him, so whatever decision he makes is something he really thought was good for him. Nothing nobody else can about him. As long as he's happy, it's cool.”

Rockets coach Kevin McHale and assistant J.B. Bickerstaff coached Collins when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“He (Collins) is a good dude,” Bickerstaff told the Houston Chronicle. “He's a smart dude. He's a good person. I think he's strong enough to handle whatever he goes through. He's got the type of personality, people like Jason to begin with. I'd be hard-pressed to see people change their opinion of him because they've known him so long as a good person.”

McHale said he preferred not to address a player's personal life.

“I like him,” McHale said. “Jason was a great kid at Minnesota, played hard all the time, great teammate. … He's a good kid. I enjoyed him as a person. As a player, good guy, highly intelligent, really knew how to play.”

Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, who led the Rockets with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in Game 4 in Monday night's 105-103 victory over the Thunder, said of Collins: “It's a bold move. He's his own man and we have no right to judge him.”

HARDEN STRUGGLES

Former Thunder guard James Harden scored just 15 points and had 10 turnovers in the Rockets' win.

“I did have a double-double,” Harden joked.

He made just four of 12 shots and had only one rebound and three assists in 35 minutes.

“He had a tough night,” Brooks said. “It was a little bit to do with us, but he did have some tough looks. He's an All-Star player. I thought we did a good job on him, but we've got to do it again.”

THIRD QUARTER WOES


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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