Kevin Durant RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
When you see all the attention LaMarcus and DeAndre [Jordan] have gotten the past few days, have you thought at all about next summer and yourself? Kevin Durant: “No I haven’t thought about it. I hear it all the time but I really am just focusing on rehab. I can’t get there unless I take care of today. That’s the way I look at it even though I hear it from every side, thinking past to next summer. But I’m not even trying to focus on that. I’m excited about our team, our new coaches and just trying to get back right.”
Is next year going to be hard for you, with all the questions about your future? “Man, this is the toughest year I’ve ever been through in my life, as far as basketball is concerned. Just to be back on the floor, all that other stuff doesn’t really matter to me. Everything, all that stuff, from distractions to that type of stuff really don’t matter because I get to do something I love and I can’t wait to get back out there and be fully cleared to play, but to be honest man, my main thing is just getting rid of distractions no matter what and focusing on what I have to do. I just can’t wait to play the game I love again, that’s all I’m focused on.”
You look bigger. Have you put on some weight? Kevin Durant: “Yeah, I think I gotta lose some weight to be honest. But I’ve been putting in a lot of work in the weight room. I haven’t moved at all for 12 or 13 weeks, so last week was really the first time I’ve got on the court and dropped some sweat. I’ve just been working out in the weight room and eating and just resting up, so like I said, last week was really the first time I got on the court.”
Last year was obviously a tough spot for you. Are you in a better place mentally now? Durant: “It was really tough. Looking back on it now, there’s a lot of stuff I would’ve changed but it was necessary to go through what I had to go through, mentally, and I’m in a great space right now. Maybe because I’m closer and closer to playing again but I’m in a great space.” What you mean, what would you have changed? Durant: “Just stuff I said. Sometimes I let a lot of stuff bother me that I shouldn’t have. I read a lot of stuff that I probably shouldn’t have. Lesson learned for me. Trial and error. It is what it is, man. I’m just trying to continue focusing on getting better and rehabbing and killing that part of this journey and hopefully getting ready for next season.”
But first things first: how’s the foot? “We’re close to Phase 3 now,” Durant happily reported. “A three-phase rehab. It’s going well. I’m jumping when I’m shooting. I’m not quite running and cutting yet but I’m almost there. So it’s going well. I’m excited.” Durant said he’s still on track to be cleared for full basketball activities sometime next month, and barring any setbacks the 2014 MVP should be a go by opening night. “We’re doing X-rays every two weeks and it’s looking good,” Durant said. “I’m excited to get back, man.”
Alex Kennedy: KD was asked if seeing stars get attention this week has made him think about free agency. He said no, he’s just excited about OKC’s team. Kevin Durant made it clear that all he’s focused on is basketball and OKC. Not thinking about free agency and seems sick of the questions.
Tim Bontemps: Kevin Durant currently hanging out in the gym here in Orlando with former teammate Reggie Jackson & fellow Roc Nation client Justise Winslow
Alex Kennedy: I’m hearing that Kevin Durant may make an appearance at the Orlando Summer League at some point, showing his support for the Thunder squad.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers could have $30M-plus in salary cap space next summer — and become a real threat for Kevin Durant.: 2 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Wizards offered Paul Pierce 2-year deal paying $6.6M next season w/team option for 2nd season, source said. Helps in KDurant chase next year
Kevin Durant may have missed the playoffs, but the Oklahoma City Thunder star is maintaining his game by … dropping by Dave & Buster’s and playing “Super Shot” against a group of kids. And, apparently, showing them no mercy. Plus, it happened to be one of the youngsters’ birthdays. Quite the surprise.
Anthony Slater: Kevin Durant’s been on a snapchat binge the past two days. Video shows him jogging on a treadmill and shooting standstill shots. Good signs.
The Nike KD 8 isn’t the only Kevin Durant sneaker being unveiled today. Durant also took to his Instagram to show off this, the Nike KD 8 NSW Lifestyle. Nike Sportswear takes on signature silhouettes have been standard for a couple of years now, and this one follows in that tradition by using minimal branding and a build that’s nothing like the coinciding KD 8. There is no sneaker release date yet for the Lifestyle KD 8.
But after three surgeries to repair a fracture in his right foot that caused him to miss 55 games this past season, the 2014 MVP understands why his name has slipped from a lot of minds as fans marvel at James’ and Stephen Curry’s electrifying performances in the NBA Finals. “It used to piss me off, but I love it now,” Durant told ESPN.com. “Just gotta show and prove. I don’t deserve to be up there with them this year. Next year is a different story.”
The public will have a chance to bid on Kevin Durant’s leftovers next week when Sonic Drive-In auctions off several pieces of KD memorabilia, ranging from a plastic straw that actually touched the NBA All-Star’s lips to 35 pieces of Nerd’s candy from a Candy Slush he drank while shooting a television commercial.
Kevin said he reached out to you when there was rumblings that Donovan was close to being hired. What did you tell Kevin? Mike Miller: Basically the same stuff. Just told Kevin that he’d enjoy Coach. He has a great demeanor for the game. For me, that’s huge, especially at this level. He’ll have a lot more time to just focus on basketball, doesn’t have to recruit and those outside basketball obligations. But he’ll be prepared. He has the Van Gundy, Pitino type preparation, but at the same time is great with communication.
NBA All-Star Kevin Durant closed on the sale of his Miami condo for $3.15 million to a company controlled by Felipe Moncaleano. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward paid $1.825 million in 2011 for Unit 6307 in the condo at 900 Biscayne Blvd. so he enjoyed a 73 percent return. However, Durant also remodeled the unit, according to court records.
First, one of Durant’s associates in South Florida has been telling me for months that if Durant leaves the Thunder it would be to return home to Washington. Your secondary point might be more valid, about a player wanting out of the Western Conference grinder.
A number of players and agents who spoke to Basketball Insiders on condition of anonymity admitted as much. “Players will consider going to the East, for sure,” one Western Conference player told Basketball Insiders. “The East is down right now and the West is a dogfight. The seventh- or eighth-seeded team in the West could possibly make the Eastern Conference Finals with how things are now.” “It wouldn’t be a bad idea [to join an East team],” added another NBA player. “I’m pretty sure Kevin Durant is going to start it off and go home to [the Washington Wizards in] D.C.”
On Tuesday afternoon, during a conference call after the draft lottery, Presti was asked about Durant’s continued rehab. He said Durant is not yet working on the court, but the hope is he will be by the end of the summer. “Doing well. Progressing. There’s certain benchmarks within the season and offseason. We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being back on the floor toward the end of the summer.”