HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

February 21, 2014 Updates

Many have already billed the Thunder-Heat as a budding rivalry. LeBron James disagrees. And he's got an example and some stats to back that up. “It's hard to say rivalry when you see North Carolina and Duke,” James said pregame. “North Carolina and Duke have played 85 times, and North Carolina has outscored them by two points in 85 meetings and North Carolina is 43-42, I believe in the all-time series. That's a rivalry. This isn't a rivalry.” Oklahoman

February 20, 2014 Updates

Thunder forward Kevin Durant is suing his former accountant over what the star NBA star says are mistakes in his taxes. Attorneys for Durant say in the federal lawsuit filed last month that California-based accountant Joel Lynn Elliott deducted some personal expenses as business expenses on Durant's tax returns without proper documentation. The expenses include personal travel and a personal chef. Oklahoman

February 19, 2014 Updates
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Kevin Durant says his personal chef is for pleasure ... not for business ... and now KD is suing his accountant claiming the guy tried to screw over the IRS by making it seem the cook was an essential part of his NBA career. TMZ Sports has learned ... Durant is going after Joel Elliott -- claiming Elliott got him in some deep trouble with Uncle Sam over the years by trying to write off several business expenses that clearly weren't business related. Case in point -- Durant's personal chef. In his lawsuit, Durant says, "Fees paid to a personal chef would not be regarded by a reasonably prudent accountant as qualifying for a business expense deduction." TMZ.com

February 17, 2014 Updates

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant said teammate Russell Westbrook will return to the Thunder lineup when the team takes on the Miami Heat on Thursday night. "Next game right after the All-Star break, against Miami," Durant said of Westbrook's timetable in an interview with Grantland's Bill Simmons. ESPN.com

The questions hovered in the “Do you like your shoes?” zone; I asked him one: “I was really struck with how you drummed your fingers on the table in a way that made me think you had some background in the piano. And I wanted to ask if you have musical training, or maybe New Orleans is starting to sink in after a few days.” Durant threw his head back and laughed at this, and then he became stone-faced. “I have no musical talents. So I guess I made myself look good with that,” he said. “That’s a great question though. I always wanted to play the piano, so now that you said something, I might take up lessons.” The New Yorker

Last September Durant made news by saying Houston Rockets guard James Harden belonged on SI.com's list of top 10 players. Durant said Harden should have been ahead of the Heat's Dwyane Wade. And Harden agreed when asked about the subject. "It is what it is," Harden said. "[Durant] knows what he's talking about." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 16, 2014 Updates

Over the past year, Durant's awareness among the general public has grown from 29 percent of all Americans to 34 percent of all Americans, according to Henry Schafer, executive vice president for The Q Scores Company. By comparison, Spurs center Tim Duncan, a 16-year veteran, 14-time All-Star and four-time champion is at 33 percent. “He's probably underutilized as a sports salesman,” Schafer said of Durant. Meanwhile, Durant's Q Score rating, which measures familiarity and appeal, is 20. The average NBA player is 15. Miami Heat star LeBron James has a 17 Q Score. “If Durant stays on the track he's on,” Schafer said, “he can start approaching the watermark of Michael Jordan, which is 25 (Q rating) and 79 percent (awareness).” Oklahoman

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February 13, 2014 Updates

Had a 20-minute conversation on the Bald Faced Truth radio show (12-3p on 750-AM) with basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry on Thursday. Listen to the full interview here. I asked Barry to pick his best five NBA players, by position. Basically his "Dream Team," of current active players. He gave me five, plus a sixth man. PG: Chris Paul --- "Best point guard right now. Period." SG: LeBron James --- "I'd put LeBron at the 2... now he can shoot the basketball. I'd love to see him be able to learn how to catch the ball and use his first dribble as a productive dribble to get by his man. Oh my God. If he ever learned that he'd be insane." SF: Kevin Durant --- "He has done what great players do... watch some of the great passes he's making to his teammates. Kevin's put that into his arsenal. That's made him that much better of a player, and he's doing so much more to help his teammates." PF: Tim Duncan --- "It's hard not to take Tim Duncan as long as he's playing because I'd take him on my All-time team C: Dwight Howard --- "Even though he has a weakness with free-throw shooting, there aren't a whole lot of good centers who are developing." Oregonian

February 12, 2014 Updates

And yet, Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds, running the combination of Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum to exhaustion. “He is the best one-on-one player in the league now,’’ Batum said. “I used to say ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony) but I say him now because he can score from everywhere. The post was his weakness but now he has it ... I can’t say it was a weakness, he never had a weakness, but you didn’t have to think about it. He has that now.’’ Oregonian

February 11, 2014 Updates

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