HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

May 22, 2014 Updates

“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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Wanda Pratt, the mother of Thunder forward Kevin Durant, is primarily featured in this NBA Mother’s Day commercial. In case you missed it, Durant referred to his mother “the real MVP” during his MVP acceptance speech on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Oklahoman

May 9, 2014 Updates

For six seasons — from Westbrook's arrival as the fourth overall pick out of UCLA in 2008 when they were tabbed this generation's version of Shaq and Kobe to now — Durant has told anyone who would listen that they were wrong about Westbrook. He said there was no friction between them. But he had never told him like this. "Never, never, never," Durant told USA TODAY Sports when asked if he had ever told Westbrook how he felt. "That was the first time I really got to speak from the heart, you know what I'm saying? I felt that it was just the perfect time. You have that sense of 'Yeah, that guy, that guy right there, he's down for me. That guy loves me.' You know what I mean? And I know we both feel that way about each other without even saying nothing, but to tell somebody in front of everybody with tears coming down your eyes? There's just something special about that. "He's human, man. Everybody makes mistakes, but everybody needs to feel like they're loved. Not liked — or like, I wish this person would say something good about me — but they want to feel warmth, you know what I mean? Comfort." USA Today Sports

Durant's speech, make no mistake, played a part here. "It's easy for me to just talk about a person and just say, 'I love this guy, he's the best person, the best teammate,'" Durant said. "But I wanted it to be authentic and real. You know, there are some days when we don't like each other. That's just normal with relationships you have. I'm sure if anybody has a brother or a cousin or somebody you're close with, you have good and bad days, and that's how our relationship is. But through all that, it's love. "I think that with a person like Russell, it just seems like everybody is always on top of him. I feel that he deserves that love, because you can tell he's one of those guys that likes to feel that love." USA Today Sports

A day later, Westbrook would finally speak on the moment. "(It meant) a lot, man," Westbrook said. "I love him like a brother. Since I've been here, he's taught me so much as a player and also things off the floor. I'm really grateful for what he said." Everyone could see what this meant, even the woman who Durant had deemed the "real MVP" in his touching speech. USA Today Sports

May 8, 2014 Updates

I asked him straight-up: “If this is the final chapter of the Greg Oden story — if you’re destined to be a benchwarmer for the rest of your career — are you OK with that? Will you be satisfied with your legacy?” “I’m over all of that,” Greg told me. “I know I’m one of the biggest busts in NBA history and I know that it’ll only get worse as Kevin Durant continues doing big things … It’s frustrating that my body can’t do what my mind wants it to do sometimes. But worrying or complaining about it isn’t going to fix anything … I wish the circumstances would let me play more, but I certainly don’t regret coming back, and I don’t regret signing with the Heat.” Grantland

Durant's tribute to Westbrook during Wednesday's speech touched on the challenging, competitive nature of their relationship, but at the core it spoke to their bond. Westbrook reciprocated after the game Wednesday. "I love him like a brother," he said, with Durant seated next to him. "We've been together since I've been here. He's taught me so much as a player ... and things off the floor." ESPN.com

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