Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant among Sports Illustrated's most influential athletes

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: March 29, 2010 at 6:29 am •  Published: March 29, 2010

Kevin Durant will appear in an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated as one of the magazine’s most influential athletes. Durant had a photo shoot for the magazine last week and called his inclusion one of his biggest honors to date.

"It’s a major honor,” Durant said. "It’s good to be recognized on the floor, but to be recognized both on the floor and off the floor feels good. It’s a testament to my family and how my mom and dad raised me.

"I never thought I could be in that category with those people. Hopefully I can continue to influence people to be better people and hopefully be better basketball people as well.”

When asked why he should be among a list of influential athletes, he pointed to his personality.

"How humble I am and how I approach the game and the kind of person I am off the floor as well,” Durant said. "I’m just always about the right stuff.”

Four-game homestand ends in split
A pivotal four-game homestand ended with a costly 92-87 loss to Portland on Sunday night. The Thunder went 2-2 on the homestand, winning against the middle two against Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers.

"We put ourselves in a position that we’re having meaningful games and that’s what we wanted to do at the start of the season,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.