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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant happy to have new agent

by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 20, 2012

Kevin Durant on Tuesday acknowledged that he has in fact signed with agent Rob Pelinka, who runs Los Angeles-based Landmark Sports Agency.

Last month, Durant parted ways with Aaron Goodwin but said he is happy to have landed with Pelinka.

“Just his track record and the type of guy he is,” Durant said. “He's somebody I can really relate to that played the game of basketball at a high level. He knows what it takes to be a player in this game and he works hard. That's the type of people I like to be around.”

Pelinka was a member of the University of Michigan men's basketball team in the late 1980s and early '90s and was a teammate of the Wolverines' famed “Fab Five.” Pelinka is best known for representing Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. He also represents Thunder guard James Harden among others, but Durant said Pelinka's ties to Harden didn't weigh into his decision.

“Me and James are really, really good friends so of course people will think that,” Durant said. “Rob is just a great worker. I'm happy to have him on my team.”

Durant said he's glad to have a new agency and have the process behind him.

“It was a crazy month for me,” Durant said. “But one thing I tried to do was just come in and work every day and not let it affect me on the court. I'm glad I got it over with.”


Guard Daequan Cook had to be helped to the locker with 10:15 left to play Tuesday night and did not return. According to the team, Cook sprained his right knee and will be re-evaluated Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

The injury occurred with 11 1/2 minutes remaining as Cook chased a loose ball in front of the Thunder’s bench and had Utah forward Derrick Favors crash into his leg while diving on the floor alongside Nick Collison. Cook immediately began grimacing and clutching his knee but remained in the game.

It wasn’t until Cook grabbed a rebound and was all alone under his own basket when he looked to the bench and was forced to signal for a timeout to exit the game.

Cook was seen on crutches after the game, and it appears unlikely he will play Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.


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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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