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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

December 7, 2014 Updates

Scott Brooks has been restricting Durant’s minutes as he works himself back, playing the superstar only around 30 minutes a night: the first seven minutes and last eight minutes of each half. “I’m used to a certain pattern my whole career,” Durant said. “Just got to adjust and adapt (to the new one). Hopefully it’s only for a few more games.” “I’m still playing 29, 30 minutes,” Durant said. “So I gotta do everything I can do in that time…I just gotta figure out the balance when I’m gonna do certain things and be aggressive.” Oklahoman

How much has it helped going against Westbrook over the years in practice? Reggie Jackson: It has helped a lot. We got a dog in the fight. He is always competitive, I am always competitive. We both want to prove we are the best point guard each day we step on the court. Both believe in ourselves a tremendous amount. I am sure he thinks he is the best and I do the same, so I think once you get too aggressive, personalize it like that, it is fun. It makes both of us excel in our game. HoopsHype

 

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