HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

May 9, 2014 Updates

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

May 7, 2014 Updates

Durant lifted the veil on a mostly-closed society. This franchise offers basketball with a flair but rarely with anything other than stock answers on what makes it all work. No one allowed to peek into the holy of holies and see what makes tick this great mix of veteran leadership and maturing stars. Until Tuesday, when Durant spoke from the heart. “We inside the walls of our building, we know what we have here,” said general manager Sam Presti. “It’s pretty rare, and we don’t take it for granted. One of the things I’m proud of, we mean what we say. These guys really do care about each other. “It’s a tremendous sign of strength and leadership on the part of Kevin to be able to share his emotions in today’s society, where sometimes that is not looked at with a strength that should be. But it doesn’t surprise me, because he’s an authentic person.” Oklahoman

And on Westbrook, who he saved for last: “I know you guys think I forgot Russ. I can speak all night about Russell. An emotional guy who will run through a wall for me. And I don’t take it for granted. I want to just tackle you and tell you to snap out of it sometimes, but I know there’s days you want to do the same thing with me. I love you man. I love you. A lot of people put unfair criticism on you as a player. I’m the first to have your back through it all. Just stay the person you are. Everybody loves you here. I love you and I thank you so much … You had a big piece of this. You’re an MVP-caliber player. It’s a blessing to play with you, man.” Oklahoman

May 6, 2014 Updates

Jeff Caplan: KD very passionately expresses his love for the city and community and says: "The grass is not always greener on the other side." Twitter @Caplan_NBA

For the cover of basketball video game NBA 2K15, publisher 2K Sports has recruited the league's Most Valuable Player. The company confirmed Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and newly-crowned NBA MVP Kevin Durant will appear on the cover of NBA 2K15 when it launches this fall. "I've been an avid fan and player of NBA 2K since I was a kid, and being selected as the sole cover athlete of NBA 2K15 is an amazing accomplishment at this point of my life," says Durant in a statement. "I feel like my time has come." USA Today Sports

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