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Modified: July 8, 2008 at 12:29 am •  Published: July 8, 2008
Durant roots from bench, but he's ready to play
MAITLAND, Fla. — Wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts, Kevin Durant rooted his teammates on during Oklahoma City's 95-78 debut loss to Indiana in the first game of Orlando's Pro Summer League.

At some point this week, it's expected that he'll shelve the cheerleader role and dress out in the black and white currently serving as the franchise's temporary colors.

Having made the trip down here, the feeling is Durant might as well play.

"He came down to be with the team, to practice and work out. He wants to play,” general manager Sam Presti said. "This is the reigning Rookie of the Year we're talking about, coming out eager to play with his guys. It tells you what kind of competitor he is, what kind of kid he is.”

Durant is expected to play in one or two games, possibly as early as today's meeting with the Magic. If he's held out until Wednesday, he'll meet up with Miami's Michael Beasley, setting up a showdown of the NBA's most recent No. 2 draft picks.

"We talked about it as a staff,” said assistant coach Scott Brooks. "Kevin loves to play. One of the things we're lucky to have is that we have guys who love to play, love to come down here and play and get better. We like gym rats. That's the only way you get better.”

Play of the day: Undrafted rookie free agent Nick Lewis got his only field goal in a low-pressure situation with just over 2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, but the way it was orchestrated made everyone affiliated with Oklahoma City smile.

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