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
May 4, 2014 Updates

Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series. Durant looked like his usual self after struggling against Memphis' rugged defense for much of the series. The regular-season scoring champion made 12-of-18 field goals and all five of his three-pointers after struggling from long range throughout the series. "I got out of my own way," he said. "I was thinking too much. I was worrying about what you guys (the media) were saying. I was worrying about what shots I was going to shoot throughout a game. I was thinking too much, and the game of basketball is played off of instincts. USA Today Sports

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