Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant to play power forward

Coach Scott Brooks notices that Durant has reported to camp stronger and more skilled in the low post
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: December 14, 2011

In each of the past two days, Thunder coach Scott Brooks has noted how Kevin Durant has come back stronger and more skilled in the low post.

On Tuesday, center Cole Aldrich showed up at the team's media day sporting a shiner courtesy of Durant, and on Wednesday, media members saw Durant getting a 10-minute post-practice lesson on the low block.

Although Durant spent time playing power forward last season, Brooks said we could see Durant get more minutes at that spot this season.

“His post-up game, we are going to continue to build on that,” Brooks said. “We've made steps throughout the last three or four years with that. I think this year you'll see another step.”

Durant said he has improved his patience and his ability to seal his man and be stronger holding his position to get the ball on the block. Brooks said Durant is smart enough to pick up new things and adjust.

“I got to keep working and keep getting stronger,” Durant said. “My teammates challenge me every day in practice, so I know with them on my back every single day I can get better.”

KD FOR MVP?

Durant is expected to be predicted by many prognosticators this preseason as the eventual winner of this year's Most Valuable Player Award.

Durant, though, said he's not focused on it at this point.

“That's some lofty expectations, man. I just try to go to work every day, try to be a professional, try to be the best player I can be and work as hard as I can,” Durant said. “And I've got to live with the results, whether it's the MVP or not the MVP…Hopefully my time comes for that. But I know the way we play as a team dictates everything as far as individual accolades.”

RAMBIS A REGULAR AT PRACTICE

Former NBA player and coach Kurt Rambis has spent much of the first week at the Thunder's training camp, watching the team as a guest.

Rambis, who coached Minnesota last season and is now a television analyst for ESPN, has been seen sharing insight with Durant and Thunder coaches Mark Bryant and Rex Kalamian.

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