HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

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

LeBron James was a gracious loser, if you want to call finishing second in the MVP race to Kevin Durant a loss for the one player who will take the court against the Nets Tuesday night still universally hailed as the best player on the planet. “If the reports are correct," James said, after the Heat’s practice on Monday, “kudos to him. Much respect to him. He deserved it. He had a big-time MVP season." New York Daily News

May 5, 2014 Updates

The OKC Thunder rallied to win the final two games of their series, coincidentally after the headline “Mr. Unreliable” appeared in the Daily Oklahoman. The tag was for superstar Kevin Durant, who was sensational in Games Six and Seven. The paper apologized for the headline being “overstated and unduly harsh.” “I know Kevin a little bit. I would say it was very, very dumb,” Self told 610 radio. “Whoever wrote that, that was not bright from a perspective on the Oklahoman and the respect it will gather nationally. If I was the Grizzly brass, I would say, ‘Oh, gosh,’ as soon as that came out. That dude (Durant) is motivated already. I think he had a little more motivation after that. The team may have rallied around it. I don’t think it was a negative thing for the Thunder.” Lawrence Journal-World

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