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Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant
Position: F
Born: 09/29/88
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $25,000,000
Tuesday will be Durant’s first ring ceremony, and he has an idea of how he may react. “I’m a very emotional person and I do cry a lot, but I don’t know if I’ll cry in this situation,” he said to reporters at shootaround. “Basketball accomplishments to me now are just what they are. I can kind of separate the two now, I feel. It’s more so just cool as hell more than anything.”
6 hours ago via ESPN
The Internet raised its collective eyebrows at the sight of an Oklahoma City Thunder player wearing No. 35 on Tuesday. Yes, that’s the recently-signed P.J. Dozier. And what’s so crazy about wearing 35? Oh, right. But the reason behind the jersey choice goes deeper than simply taking Kevin Durant’s old number:

Durant, who experienced his own share of fan vitriol when he decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for Golden State in 2016, including several people burning his jersey, agreed. “It’s hard to complain because we make so much money and we get to do what we want every single day,” Durant said during Tuesday’s shootaround. “But at some point you want people to see who you are. You want people to see you for the mistakes you made, the accomplishments, the triumph, the come from the bottom stories, the humble beginnings.
Nash typically spends only a few days a month with the Warriors in his role as a player development consultant, but he’s as close to Durant as anyone in the organization. They were introduced late in Nash’s playing career by the Brooklyn Nets assistant Adam Harrington — one of Nash’s former teammates in Dallas — and started building a friendship long before Durant made the polarizing (and landscape-changing) decision to leave Oklahoma City for the Bay Area in July 2016.
Perkins, a lumbering defensive presence with pedestrian career averages of 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, is widely considered the greatest teammate in modern NBA history. “He’s the type of guy that’s willing to do whatever it takes to help your teammates,” Russell Westbrook told The Crossover. “The thing that we all love about Perk,” adds Wizards coach Scott Brooks, “is that he cares. He has a big heart and he’s only about winning.” Perkins established a group text message with Durant and Westbrook upon arriving in Oklahoma City. “I didn’t know KD and Russ from a can of paint,” he says. “I just wanted to get it like how we had it in Boston.” They pinged the thread day and night, dishing football smack and NBA rumors. “We’re in it a lot,” Westbrook said back in April 2016, even after Perkins left the Thunder. “That’s the type of relationship we have [with him].” The group message has been silent following Durant’s departure to Oakland last summer. Perkins thinks it will resume activity in the future. “At least they’re talking to each other again,” he said. “I know they had talked right after they announced Russ won MVP. They texted. I think they broke the ice.”