HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

January 21, 2015 Updates

"So that's the only thing I'm focused on. Everybody knows that I represent where I come from that no matter where I play at, no matter what arena. But I'm just focused on playing with Oklahoma City. It feels like home now. That's where I am." ESPN.com

A couple weeks after Adkins was hired, Durant was asked about his former coach’s promotion from the Maryland women’s basketball team to the NBA while attending Team USA training camp at the end of July. “I worked out with him a few days before,” Durant said. “We talked about it. He was excited that he got the opportunity. I support him. That’s family.” Washington Post

On the surface, the Washington Wizards’ decision to replace Ryan Saunders with David Adkins as player development assistant in July was unusual. Very rarely have coaches executed the leap from women’s college basketball to the NBA like Adkins did after five seasons on Brenda Frese’s staff at Maryland. The remarkable career progression, however, became an afterthought upon a perusal of Adkins’s coaching résumé: He was an assistant coach at Montrose Christian from 1999 to 2006, when Kevin Durant came through the Rockville private school. Durant, the reigning NBA most valuable player, is scheduled to be a free agent in 2016 when his contract with Oklahoma City expires and hasn’t rejected the possibility of returning to play for his hometown team. Washington Post

Wizards guard Bradley Beal admitted that he had “no idea” who Adkins was before the two met at the Las Vegas summer league in July, but Beal and swingman Martell Webster both credited Adkins for challenging yet enjoyable rehabilitation sessions that closely resembled game-like situations as they recovered from injuries to start the season. “He definitely pushes you to the max, man,” Beal said. “He wants the best for you, and he’s going to push you until your tongue is hanging dry. He’ll do whatever it takes to get you better.” Washington Post

January 19, 2015 Updates

I asked Durant if he felt any need to reach out to Jackson and keep his spirits up. "We're all professionals here, man," Durant said. "We know the nature of this game. We're not here to ... this not day care. We're not babying anybody here. We all know that Reggie's such a good professional. He knows how to come to work every single day. He knows that him and Dion are going to have to play together. And Dion knows that. So we're not spending any of our energy on that type of stuff." NBA.com

"It's totally different, the environment," Waiters said. "Everything is great. The players have been welcoming from day one, and Russ and KD have been the best for me, especially. They're the first guys in the gym every day, two hours before practice. And my first week there, I tried to beat them every day. I think it's good for me, especially from a work ethic point of view. I think it's great. I never really had that. I always worked hard, but it's about working hard every day, doing the same thing. That's what it's about. And me seeing that with those guys, I couldn't believe that." NBA.com

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It led to the team’s franchise player, Kevin Durant, being asked at Thursday’s shootaround whether he feels a need to step to Jackson and put his arm around him. Durant responded with a long-winded no. “We’re all professionals here, man,” Durant said. “We know the nature of this game. This not day care. We’re not babying anybody here. We all know that Reggie is such a good professional ...he knows that. He knows how to come to work every single day. And he knows that him and Dion are going to have to play together. And Dion knows that. So we’re not spending any of our energy on that type of stuff because this is a professional game. It’s a business at that as well. So, nah, we’re not going to do that.” Oklahoman

January 15, 2015 Updates
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The 2014 NBA MVP took to the social networking site today to ask a series of Socratic questions aimed at understanding why on earth anyone would ever send a tweet. Stepping away from the editorial “we” for a second, because some our staff might not agree with me, Durant’s series of questions to no one, and everyone, has literally gone through my head every day for the last two years. You see, I HAVE to be on Twitter. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be very good at my job. BUT, oh how I loathe what it’s currently propagating in our society: an inability to think beyond the surface, or understand the nuances of an issue, or empathize with those who don’t fit into your neat, tidy pocket of the world. Dime

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