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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant once again delivers

Thunder star hands out free shoes at various locations throughout Oklahoma City for Christmas.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: December 24, 2011

Kevin Durant's generosity caused traffic jams Friday afternoon when the Thunder All-Star informed his nearly 1.2 million Twitter followers he would be handing out free shoes at various locations throughout Oklahoma City, including the Chesapeake Energy Arena, First Presbyterian Church and Penn Square Mall.

"I didn't know it was going to go down like that," Durant said of causing traffic problems. "It was fun."

This is nothing new for the two-time scoring champ. Last Christmas, Durant surprised roughly 120 foster children Citizens Caring for Children with a visit and gifts, including an iPod shuffle, Thunder-themed Skullcandy headphones and Nike gear.

Durant's gift this year was his Christmas Day shoe, the copper version of the Nike KD IV. "Everybody seemed to like them," Durant said.

Several Thunder players will wear the shoe during Sunday's season opener at home against the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m., though Durant said he doesn't know how many. "I guess they're going to surprise me," Durant said. "That'll be my Christmas present."


The Thunder waived guard Nate Robinson on Saturday to get to its final team roster of 15 players.

After his midseason acquisition from the Boston Celtics last February, Robinson appeared in four games and averaged 3.3 points, 1.5 assists and 7.5 minutes.

Robinson was not invited to training camp and will still receive his guaranteed $4.5 million salary from the Thunder.

Cutting Robinson means Ryan Reid, the 56th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft who played for the Developmental League Tulsa 66ers last season, has made the roster and will receive the league minimum, which last season was $473,604.


Starting guard Thabo Sefolosha continues to battle a sore right foot and remains listed as day-to-day. Whether he starts against Orlando will be a game-time decision. "He felt a lot better today," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."


Orlando center Dwight Howard easily led the league in free-throw attempts last season with 916, which are only 128 fewer shots than he took from the field.

"He's so strong, he forces guys to foul him," Durant said. "When he's in the paint, it's a foul or a dunk."

In his two games against the Thunder last year, Howard converted 17 of 20 (85.0 percent) free throws in OKC and 8 of 12 (66.7 percent) in Orlando, both considerably higher than the 59.6 percent he shot for the season from the line. Howard shot 59.3 percent from the field, second to Denver's Nene' Hilario (61.5 percent).

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