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What they’re saying about Kevin Durant

Compiled By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: January 29, 2010
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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown

"The maturation process that he’s gone through is evident not only in his numbers but in the team’s win-loss record. That’s what superstars do.”


Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

"He has grown a lot. I remember his rookie year he was nothing like this.”

Indiana Pacers coach Jim O’Brien

"I think he’s as good an offensive player as there is in the league. It doesn’t matter, Kobe, LeBron, he’s just a great offensive player. He does it all with seemingly little effort. It’s a pleasure to watch him.”

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks

"He’s a special player. He understands the game more each year. It happens that way. He’s working. He’s playing hard. He’s humble. He’s coachable.”

New Orleans Hornets coach Jeff Bower

"I think he’s been really a dynamic scorer. I think he’s been effective both in transition and in a halfcourt game. I think he really has been able to blend his talents with his teammates to make his team better. You can’t say enough about how impressive he’s been.”

Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier

"He is improving rapidly. He is going to be a great player in this league. He is going to be one of the elite players in this league. He gets better every single year and his physical tools are undeniable ... Once he really figures out what this league is about, and he will, he is going to be a nightmare match-up for anyone guarding him.”