HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

December 20, 2014 Updates

Durant said some nice things about him earlier this week, commending Bryant's often abrasive leadership style and saying he would love to play alongside him. Scott answered with a laugh when asked about it Friday. "I would love for him to play with Kobe too. Especially from a coaching standpoint," Scott said. "I don't want the NBA to think I'm tampering or anything like that. I'm just answering questions." Los Angeles Times

December 19, 2014 Updates
December 18, 2014 Updates

Batum looks around the league, hears everyone already discussing the free agency of Kevin Durant. They’ll both fall in 2016, yet Batum believes he and Durant are made of the same disposition with different external temperaments. Durant’s been swarmed with questions about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Batum, the case is simple: Why leave Portland? “I still have time and I like low key so there’s no reason to think yet, but why not stay in Portland?” Batum told RealGM. “I’ve been here for seven years now, so why not?” RealGM

December 17, 2014 Updates

While Durant wasn't specifically addressing his own uncertain future, he insisted that the player perspective relating to Bryant shouldn't be a hindrance as the 8-17 Lakers continue their laborious turnaround. "Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Jordan on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS." USA Today Sports

"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said when asked what he admired about Bryant. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him." USA Today Sports

December 16, 2014 Updates

From Google’s yearly ‘trends’ list, which includes the 10 most searched athletes from the NBA, apparently a lot of people were interested in Paul George. George, the most googled NBA player in 2014, suffered a gruesome season-ending injury while playing in a USA exhibition game. The 10 most googled NBA players in 2014 are as follows: 1. Paul George; 2. Carmelo Anthony; 3. Kevin Love; 4. LeBron James; 5. Shabazz Napier; 6. Kevin Durant; 7. Lance Stephenson; 8. Ray Allen; 9. Blake Griffin; 10. Damian Lillard. Diehard Sport

December 12, 2014 Updates

But the superstar forward remains on a minute restriction. He played his expected 30 against Cleveland. “It’s not up to me,” Durant said of the restriction. “Obviously I don’t want it. But I’ve got to do whatever I can while I’m out there on the court to help my team win. So it’s up to the medical staff and Coach Brooks, and I’m fine with whatever they have for me...You kind of take playing basketball for granted since you do it every single day. But with me being out I really appreciate just every single minute I get on the court. So I’m going to take advantage of every one of them.” Oklahoman

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

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

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