HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

June 16, 2014 Updates

Leonard has been touted because of his NBA Finals performance, which featured one of the all-time turnaround. Leonard scored nine points each in Games 1 and 2, only to go on to produce 23.7 points over the final three games and end the series with averages of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant saw that performance as more of a system-based result, and he said as much in a casual Twitter debate. Sporting News

June 12, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant is not a gambling man. The league MVP jumped on Twitter Wednesday to dispel rumors that he lost $20,000 in a bet to west coast rapper The Game. The Game - aka Jayceon Taylor - posted a video Tuesday on his Instagram account, saying that he bet Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. Durant's Twitter response Wednesday morning, which has since been deleted, said "Aight this is it. I never bet the game 20k cash. I never bet him. I told him I would give his aau team kd gear. That's all." Oklahoman

The Game got defensive on Instagram because TMZ.com posted a story Wednesday claiming that Durant said "straight up ... 'HE'S LYING.'" Everything was cleared up later in the day, when the rapper apologized, saying he jumped the gun on calling out Durant for "not wanting to help the kids." Oklahoman

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“You look at that team we played, easily could have said that about them plenty of times. They still here, still standing, still pushing forward for championships every year,” Durant said. “Easy to say that after a loss, of course. We’ve been together for so long but we got hope that we can get to the top of that mountain one day. Who knows when it will be? But right now, stay positive with it, keep moving forward.” Durant added, “I think our future is bright.” Washington Post

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Lee: From the first time I got to do a one-on-one interview with him in my first full year covering the NBA, I've always enjoyed sitting down with Kobe Bryant. He never served me up with canned answers and always came across as thoughtful. As he's gotten older, Bryant has become like an old grandfather who's got nothing to lose and doesn't care what anybody thinks anymore. I also like talking to Kevin Durant because he might be the least pretentious and accessible superstar. You talk to him sometimes and you don't feel like you're talking to a potential Hall of Famer; he still carries himself like the humble kid from your neighborhood who made it big but didn't forget where he came from. SI.com

May 28, 2014 Updates

Zormelo’s career took off three years ago when he began working for Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer and most valuable player. Zormelo spent last season living out of two suitcases in Oklahoma City as Durant’s full-time stats guru. He attended Thunder games with his iPad in tow, watched film with Durant at night and even slept on Durant’s couch. Zormelo ended their season together by presenting Durant with a five-page report full of pie charts and bar graphs. New York Times

May 22, 2014 Updates

Cameras caught Westbrook pointing to his head with both hands and yelling in Durant’s direction just before halftime. The exchange came during the decisive sequence, as the Spurs put together a 22-8 run to close the second quarter and set up a second half that was filled with garbage time. “I was just getting on Kevin about some stuff and he got on me right back,” Westbrook said afterwards. “That’s what teammates do, that’s what leaders do, we get on each other, we come back and we talk about it and then we come out like nothing ever happened.” SI.com

Durant took the blame for the big loss, admitting that he had made a series of defensive mistakes during San Antonio’s second-quarter push, which included two quick three-pointers by Danny Green and another three-pointer from Manu Ginobili. “I messed the game up at the end of the second quarter,” he said. “I got hit on the screen and Danny Green got open for a three, I over-helped, and he got another three, and then Ginobili hit the three. All those plays was on me. It was my fault and I take full responsibility for it. Wish they wouldn’t have happened. I can’t get them back now, but I’ll take that one. As I said, we shouldn’t have been down that much at halftime, but I made three bonehead plays.” SI.com

“We got frustrated with one another because we gave up the three threes,” he said. “Those are the type of frustrations that I like in a basketball team. It’s on the defensive end. We gave up some threes, and we wanted to make sure that did not happen going forward. It happens with every team. Kevin and Russell obviously have a lot of respect for one another. … We have to do a better job of closing quarters. We talked about this going into the series. We have to play solid basketball every possession, every minute, and San Antonio, they always do a good job of closing out quarters.” SI.com

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What can you tell us about not being able to watch the free throws that Russ took at the end? Kevin Durant: I’ve been doing that all year, especially late in the games. It’s not like I don’t trust my guys to make the free throws. I think I’m just bad luck. Every time I go to a Redskins game we lose. Every time I watch a Texas game we lose. Every time I watch something it’s not going the way I want it to go. So I have to turn my head. Oklahoman

May 14, 2014 Updates

He quieted the crowd in the corner that was some 80 feet away from the other nine players, then crouched in a catcher's position in the corner while facing the fans who couldn't believe what had unfolded. He sat down as if this was a Thunder family picnic, his long arms draped over his knees before he rose again and even rested his white knuckles over the opposite baseline and into out-of-bounds territory. He couldn't watch. Yet still, he couldn't believe what he saw. "I have never seen a game like this with us," said Durant, the seven-year veteran who was playing in his 66th career playoff game. "It just shows that we just keep going. You can never keep us down, and we are going to fight until the end." USA Today Sports

May 13, 2014 Updates

With Game 5 on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, the reality is that Kevin Durant and company still have the edge here. They still have homecourt advantage (two of the final three at home) and the confidence that comes with knowing that they have outplayed the Clippers for most of the last three games. "It's a three-game series now," Durant said. "Of course, we let this one slip away. We could have took control of the series. We go home. It's not guaranteed we win at home, but we came (to Los Angeles) and got a W just like they came in our house and got a W. We got to take advantage of this opportunity. "We got to turn the page quickly. Can't get too high off of wins and too low off of losses. Got to figure out what we did wrong, get better at it in Game 5." USA Today Sports

May 12, 2014 Updates

Durant declined to give Paul credit for slowing him down, saying Paul's defense "didn't do nothing." Rivers said the strategy was "desperate coaching." "Yesterday as a staff we said Durant was beating us with the dribble," Rivers said. "If you put a guard on him, you could make him more of a post-up player. … He just missed shots." Yahoo! Sports

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