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February 18, 2015 Updates

Q: A lot of people on the outside looking in think that might be a factor in your decision next summer, the fact that they traded James and the talent hasn't been the same as in the past and you haven't been to the Finals since. What impact does that decision in 2012 make on your decision next summer? Kevin Durant: None. None. We're still a good team. Still a good team. Let's be real now. We'd still be up there if we didn't have injuries. If I wasn't out, if Russ wasn't out, we'd be up there. So don't act like we a bad team or we got worse. Nah, we had injuries. It's a part of the game and I understand that, not crying about it. But that's what happened. We lost Russell for a playoff series, we lost Serge for a playoff series. Stuff like that happens, but to say all because we lost James we didn't make it to the Finals. Everybody's going to have their opinion, especially with the time winding down and the summer coming up with me, but I love where I'm at right now and I'm just trying to focus on that every single day. Oklahoman

Don't forget, Kevin Durant was not selfish: He signed a full extension in 2010, no opt-outs. He remembers that, even if no one else does, even as he anticipates the lurking storm of recrimination that awaits him if he doesn't re-up again. "I was loyal. If it comes down to that, I mean: I was. My deal's up in 2016. I'll have been here nine years. I could have easily wanted out. I could have easily not signed the extension after my rookie contract. I could have not played as hard every night. But people tend to forget." Same thing happened to LeBron James, when he switched teams and they burned his jersey. Kevin watched it like, Damn. "This is not just a game for us. This is life. Like, we live and die and breathe by basketball. We're away from our families to entertain other people." GQ.com

Were the Thunder being loyal to Durant and his teammates when they traded James Harden, two and a half years ago, breaking up the best young core in the league in order to save a few luxury-tax dollars? Has the team ever really given Durant what he needs to win? Durant has been asked this question so many times he may not realize that he's begun answering it honestly. "Players are paid to do their jobs, no matter who's on the court. And as superstars, you gotta lead what you have. You gotta make them better. Some players might be better than others. Some teams might be better than others. You gotta do your job, and you gotta trust that the front office is going to do their job. It's hard, though. You know what I'm saying? Because it's like, shit, I want win. Obviously our players aren't as good as, you know, than they were before. But you have to figure it out." GQ.com

February 17, 2015 Updates

David Letterman sent ‘Late Show’ intern Todd to the NBA All-Star Game, and between trying on Dikembe Mutombo’s clothes, finding out how sweaty Patrick Ewing was, and angering Kevin Durant, Todd more than justified the decision. Seriously. Kevin Durant really didn’t like him. For The Win

What are your thoughts with all the KD unhappy talk? Is he ready to leave OKC? Does the media bother him that much? I think it was blown up a bit. This season has frustrated him and he's been a bit moody with the media, but I don't think it's something that eats at him and angers him on a consistent basis. He's still usually pretty good with us. And as far as your question about leaving OKC, KD wasn't referring just to the OKC media. When he made the comments, he was in NYC talking to reporters from all over the world. He faces far less media fanfare in OKC, so any harboring hatred of the media shouldn't affect a free agency decision. Oklahoman

February 16, 2015 Updates

Durant is in favor of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s pledge to try and eliminate four games in five nights and greatly reduce back-to-backs in the NBA’s regular-season schedule. “Yeah, it’s nice,” said Durant, who had just three points on 1-for-6 shooting in 10 minutes. “As much as we can get rest and still be at a high level, it’s always cool for us. “But we’re all gamers in this league and everybody likes to play, so whatever schedule they put out is what we have to do.” New York Post

February 15, 2015 Updates

Kevin Durant didn't mince words when talking to the media about the media Saturday in New York at All-Star Weekend. "You guys really don't know s---," Durant told reporters. Durant's striking statement came in response to a question about continued speculation about Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks' job security. Brooks has often fallen under media criticism the past few seasons, but Durant has always been quick to defend his coach, noting during his MVP speech that Brooks doesn't get any credit, "even though you deserve all of it." ESPN.com

“That’s my right hand man,” Harden said of Durant. “I’ve learned so much from him, he’s going through a tough time right now, battling all these injuries, but he’s a strong-minded person; he’s going to battle through it, fight through it. I just try to send him text messages here and there to give him motivation and courage, so when he gets back on the court he’ll be 100 percent. Obviously [then] he gets back on the court and scores 40 points and only misses five shots – that’s really unheard of.” Basketball Insiders

Those are very common these days. It's never happened to me, because I live in a different world. But I'm one of a very few. At any given time, I'm probably talking to a hundred of today's athletes by text, DM or email. Out of that hundred, I may only meet 25. But I stay engaged because I'm a fan. The coolest thing about being Lisa Ann is when I follow an athlete on Twitter, he follows me back and DMs me his number because he cannot be seen following me. Years ago, Kevin Durant was following me and I didn't even know it. As soon as it got blown up, he unfollowed me. GQ.com

February 14, 2015 Updates
February 13, 2015 Updates

"I think (the) media gets too much power to vote on stuff like that quite frankly I don't think you really know a lot about as much we know about it," Durant said when asked if MVP winners should be allowed to vote on the MVP like former Heisman Trophy winners are allowed to do with the annual award for the best college football player. "So we play against these guys every single night, we battle against these guys, we know what they say on the court, we know how they handle their teammates, we know how they approach the game, and our votes should count. Our opinions should count," Durant continued. "I don't think you guys know as much we do and I don't see why you have more power than we do." ESPN.com

"We really know these guys inside and out," Durant said of why players should vote for the awards. "There are a lot of guys that deserve Defensive Player of the Year or Sixth Man of the Year but you guys (decide sometimes because) they are not the sexier names. A lot of people will see the names of these players and don't look at the other guys that contribute to our game as well. You guys aren't in the scouting reports, you're not in the team meetings and the film sessions to really break down each player's games. I don't see why you have more power in voting than we do. We are out there on the court playing with them. We appreciate how you guys blow the game up and bring attention to the game but at the same time, to keep it pure, the players should have more say in that stuff." ESPN.com

"You guys vote on the MVP and I think MVP is a lot about narratives and what may happen during that time," Durant said when asked about the difference between a great season and a player having an MVP-type season. "There's a lot of guys that play extremely well for years and years and just starting to get MVP consideration. But I think that consistent play sometimes gets a little boring to people but if you look at a guy like James Harden, he's been doing it for three years, same things and people start to act like it's new. Steph Curry has been doing the same thing for three years and I guess the narrative (is) around their team but what he's been doing is new to everybody," Durant continued. "Once you guys really watch games and realize what these guys have been doing consistently for years, it's nothing new. It's all the same. I guess the hype around it is a little different so... of course everybody gets better but if you stay consistent in what you do it's not like they came out of nowhere." ESPN.com

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