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December 11, 2014 Updates

Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, doesn’t want or expect to get a pass with his eighth season starting at a decided disadvantage after he suffered a broken right foot in the preseason, Russell Westbrook broke his right wrist on opening night, and the Thunder piled up more devastating injuries than wins in the season’s first six weeks. “I really don’t give a damn what people got to say,” Durant said. “I really don’t care if they cut me slack or they don’t. I’m not looking for no sympathy from nobody. I’m not looking for no praise from nobody. It’s all good, either way with me. I just look for respect from teammates as a player and as a man. That’s what I want. All that other stuff, I learned how to tune that stuff out and not worry about. I used to think about it. ‘Are they going to cut me slack? Do they love me if I play this way.’ I really don’t give a damn.” Washington Post

“Everybody wants to tell you when your window is closing. Everybody want to tell when they think you can win a championship or ‘you will never win.’ It’s not about the outside noise,” Durant said. “We feel as though, in this organization, we can compete every year. Injuries have hit us, but it’s a part of the game, and we’re going to push through that. But when you start listening to people who aren’t experts of the game of basketball, who have never been inside a huddle … you can’t listen to that stuff. Even if they tell you you’re a great player or it’s your turn to win. We’re not going to worry about windows here.” Washington Post

Kevin Durant said Wednesday he's not worried about possible re-injury to his surgically repaired right foot, though he acknowledged being a bit anxious his first couple games back. "Nah, not at all," Durant said of any concern. "First two games I did, but I just realized if I'm out there playing, everything is all right. I'm still going to be aggressive like that going to the rim. I can live with whatever happens after that." ESPN.com

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This time, Love returns to OKC for the first time with plenty of reinforcement. But his career adjustment hasn’t been entirely smooth. Now more of a secondary option, Love’s numbers and efficiency have understandably dipped. But he’s still averaging 17 and 10 a night. And the Thunder knows he’s more than capable of detonating. “He doesn’t have to do as much as he had to do in the past,” Brooks said. “But he can still have games where he gets 20 rebounds and hits seven 3s. That’s what he’s done his entire career. It’s his body of work.” Oklahoman

December 10, 2014 Updates

Against the Bucks on Tuesday, Durant elevated for a dunk and was fouled midair, landing hard on his foot. The play probably caused a few hearts to skip, but Durant said he won't hesitate being aggressive. "I'm one of those guys that's going to play how I play if I'm out on the court," he said. "If I try to hold back and worry about what may happen, that's when I don't bring the edge I usually play with. Whatever happens, happens." ESPN.com

“I feel as though I really took my hat off to guys,” Durant said after playing his first home game of the season at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “Derrick Rose who started it off and then the Brooklyn Nets and then the Cavs, who stand up for what they believe in. That’s what I’m always about, even though sometimes it may make people uncomfortable. “Those guys stood up for what they believe in. I felt as a citizen first, I was a little confused about the whole deal. Obviously I didn’t know the facts about everything. I just want what’s right for our whole country. That’s what I’m about. Helping everybody uniting, so I’m gonna try to do my part here individually every single day as a man and go from there.” NBA.com

That a major station could ignore a third of the professional sports sphere entirely is preposterous from an outsider’s perspective. But it is a testament to the severity of the pain that the move to Oklahoma City caused the city of Seattle. “There’s no doubt there’s a huge hole here. There’s a huge gap here, especially in the wintertime. Once the NFL season ends in January, that’s when the traditional rhythms of thinking about basketball used to start and now it’s gone.” “People say, ‘Oh it’s not that bad’, but really it is like there was a death in the family. When they left, it left a huge hole in the city’s sports heart that might never be fixed,” add Gastineau. The Sports Quotient

December 9, 2014 Updates
December 8, 2014 Updates

About a week before Thanksgiving, 13-year-old Anthony Cupp had his KD 7 shoes stolen. Money is tight in Cupp's family. His mother - Janiesa Cupp - is still undergoing therapy after surgery to remove a tumor, which sucks up most of the finances. So Cupp mowed some lawns in his neighborhood to save up enough money to buy the signature sneakers of his favorite professional athlete. And they came just in time for basketball season. The undersized Cupp had recently made his eighth grade team. But as he was walking home from school on a snowy late November day in Warren, Michigan - a suberb just north of downtown Detroit - Cupp was jumped by an older kid and his shoes were taken. Oklahoman

Knowing Durant was coming to town on Sunday, they called the Cupp family Wednesday and extended an invitation to the game. They wanted to make him the honorary ball-boy. And the Pistons also reached out to Durant and the Thunder to let them know what happened. Through some quick planning, OKC set up a pregame meeting between Cupp and Durant. The two shook hands and talked on the baseline about two hours before tip-off. Then Durant gave Cupp two pairs of his signature sneakers - one in Cupp's size and the other in Durant's, signed by the superstar - as well as a new KD branded jacket and backpack. "He was real nervous," Durant said. "Same thing I would have been if I met my favorite NBA player back then. I was just trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible." Oklahoman

Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, doesn’t want or expect to get a pass with his eighth season starting at a decided disadvantage after he suffered a broken right foot in the preseason, Russell Westbrook broke his right wrist on opening night, and the Thunder piled up more devastating injuries than wins in the season’s first six weeks. “I really don’t give a damn what people got to say,” Durant said. “I really don’t care if they cut me slack or they don’t. I’m not looking for no sympathy from nobody. I’m not looking for no praise from nobody. It’s all good, either way with me. I just look for respect from teammates as a player and as a man. That’s what I want. All that other stuff, I learned how to tune that stuff out and not worry about. I used to think about it. ‘Are they going to cut me slack? Do they love me if I play this way.’ I really don’t give a damn.” Washington Post

 

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