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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant excited

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: February 12, 2010 at 5:54 am •  Published: February 12, 2010

Kevin Durant figures to be a perennial All-Star in years to come but said the first time is special.

"I’m very excited,” Durant said. "It’s going to mean a lot, especially since it’s in Texas where I played my college basketball. My first one is something no one can take away from me. Running out of that tunnel, hearing my name as a Western Conference All-Star, that’s when it’s really going to hit me.”

Defending H-O-R-S-E title
Besides making his All-Star Game debut Sunday night in Dallas, Durant will defend his H-O-R-S-E title Saturday afternoon.

"Last year the fans were really into it,” Durant said. "It was televised nationally. It was fun. It’s pretty cool. I’m excited to do it again.”

Has he come up with some trick shots?

"I might try some,” Durant said. "But if I’m not making them, that’s when I’ll go to my regular tactics (long-range shots). I’m just going to do it on the fly. I actually didn’t practice for last year’s competition.”

"Real” All-Star experience
Last season the All-Star Game was held in Phoenix. Thunder rookie guard James Harden, at the time, was playing for Arizona State. He could sense a buzz in the city but didn’t get to experience any of the festivities.

"We were playing UCLA and USC that weekend, so coach (Herb Sendek) had us in the hotel,” Harden said.