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  1. No extensions for Jeff Green, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Thunder officials mean it when they say they want to keep Jeff Green as a part of this young team’s core going forward. Rodney Stuckey is the starting point guard and at the heart of the future of the Detroit Pistons. Right now, that’s not enough to get you an extension on your rookie contract.…

  2. Kevin Durant’s fake neighbor all over the Interwebs

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    It’s the latest in viral marketing, all over the Web today are videos like this offering from @kd35neighbor that are supposed to be just Kevin Durant around his home. Count me in the large group that thinks this is Nike or maybe another sponsor, but it is definitely produced. For one reason, we have not…

  3. Game of the Night: Bulls get reminder Kevin Durant and friends are good

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:22 AM EDT

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    Damn. This was so much more fun to watch than the slog that was Miami and Boston the night before. Wednesday night in Oklahoma City wasn’t perfect — it looked like an opener with some poor decisions because players are not used to the speed of the game — but it was exciting and athletic.…

  4. Kevin Durant wanted Nenad Krstic to feel the love, too

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

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    Just some more proof that the Oklahoma City locker room vibe is different than other teams in the NBA… Sports Illustrated NBA preview magazine hit the streets Wednesday featuring Kevin Durant on the cover. Which makes sense — he’s a budding superstar and all — and is a welcome break from the expected Miami Heat…

  5. New CBA, their own play leaves much of 2007 draft class hanging without extensions

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Kevin Durant got his, because he is a value at any price. Joakim Noah got his because he is a cornerstone of what is being built in Chicago. Al Horford may get one because, well, if you’re going to pay Joe Johnson that ridiculous money you better have something left over for Horford. But that…

  6. Ron Artest’s top two in the NBA: Kobe, Durant… and no LeBron

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    There are guys whose names consistently come up in the “best in the game” discussion — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and now Kevin Durant. So, if you ask somebody — anybody — to list them, one of them has to come in third. If you ask Ron Artest (like ESPNLosAngeles.com did), he says Kobe is…

  7. Durant’s versatility has nothing to do with position, just greatness

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

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    This is not about positionality. It’s not about the transcendence of Kevin Durant’s athletic ability and basketball skill to cross-over to any spot on the floor. And it’s certainly not about the antiquated conditions of position that too often limit where and how we think of players and both their potential and liabilities.  It’s about the individual…

  8. ESPN and Marvel Comics to team up for superhero-themed season preview

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

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    At this year’s New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics CEO Joe Quesada announced a partnership with ESPN to produce an extended series of promotional images featuring the game’s brightest stars and the staples of the Marvel Comics universe. There are 33 promo images in all (including one for each team) created by 31 different Marvel…

  9. We break out the NBC MVP ranker (why wait for actual games?)

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    We’ve got a fun-little tool here at NBC that allows you to rank NBA players on who you think will be the MVP this season. Rate guys on a scale of 1-10 so you can rate the race to the hardware. Just like any cool new technological toy, we couldn’t wait to play with it.…

  10. Turkish players given $700,000 and villa for their silver medal. Take that Durant.

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    What did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and the rest of Team USA get for winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The bonus was $25,000. Which in case you’re curious is about 0.4 percent of what Kevin Durant will make this season. Some nice pocket change for him. Chris…

  11. Kevin Durant has no problem with LeBron’s decision

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

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    It was one of the themes of the summer — big bad LeBron vs. the good Kevin Durant. LeBron spurned the team that drafted him, Durant got an extension there. LeBron had an hour-long, self-serving television show to announce his decision while Durant just quietly announced it on twitter after it was done. LeBron took…

  12. What if LeBron threw a party and Durant didn’t come?

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

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    Parties with LeBron James seem to follow him around like remoras to a shark. They go on virtually everywhere he goes. In part because some of the people around LeBron make good money throwing these parties or letting LeBron’s name get used in promoting them. LeBron was scheduled to be at a party Thursday night…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32, which tied them three ways for the sixth seed, but due to tiebreakers they got the eighth spot — and the Lakers in the first round. The athleticism of the Thunder pushed it six games, but you have to learn to win in the NBA and the Thunder are still learning. Head…

  14. General Managers predict Durant as MVP over LeBron, Lakers three-peat

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    You’re not the only one who thinks there will be voter fatigue — or backlash, if you wish — against LeBron James when it comes time for MVP voting. General managers around the NBA seem to think so, according to the results published at TrueHoop. In its annual survey of GMs, NBA.com found one just…

  15. Greg Oden: "Is there any proof that I'm a bust?"

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    This much is clear: Greg Oden has yet to work out like the Portland Trail Blazers had hoped. Three years into his NBA career he has played 82 games and had multiple injuries and surgeries to his knees. But is he a bust? Oden himself took exception to that characterization while speaking with Jason Quick…

  16. Dwight Howard would rather have Kevin Durant than LeBron James on his team

    Sep 22, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Magic center Dwight Howard recently sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick. During the course of it, Patrick asked Dwight Howard who he’d rather have as a teammate — Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder or LeBron James of the Miami Heat. After hesitating briefly, Howard went with Durant, who’s fresh…

  17. Who is on Team USA in 2012 in London? Well, probably that Durant guy…

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Predicting who will be the top players in the NBA two years from now is risky business — injuries, development of rookies and a host of other things make the future foggy. As such, predicting the USA Basketball team for the 2012 Olympics in London — watch them right here on NBC! (starting the plugs…

  18. Kevin Durant, flawed and perfect

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant has yet to disappoint. He had a fantastic rookie year, has grown in each of his three seasons in the NBA, and emerged as one of the top players in the game. KD’s also riding a hell of a PR typhoon after the tectonic shift known as The Decision changed, well, everything. LeBron…

  19. USA uses "Big Ds" — Durant and defense — to beat Turkey, win gold

    Sep 12, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Think back a couple weeks ago to the start of the FIBA World Championships, to all those concerns about Team USA — they were not big enough, they lacked international experience, they were too young. You can get caught up in what a team can’t do and ignore what it can. And this version of…

  20. Durant's Gold Medal performance less magic, more an omen

    Sep 12, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    If you were surprised, you need to work on your predictive logic. There was nothing surprising about Kevin Durant’s 28 point barrage to keep the good ship Team USA afloat in their FIBA Championship victory over Turkey. Nor was there anything shocking about his stunning 38 point dismantling of Lithuania in the semifinals. This is…

  21. Preview: USA v. Turkey, the ultimate road test. With an Olympic trip on the line.

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant was part Texas playing at Oklahoma. That was nothing. Chauncey Billups has been the road team in the NBA Finals. But that was nothing like this. Lamar Odom has heard the fans in Boston during the NBA finals, but he has heard nothing like what he will Sunday. The USA is going to…

  22. Durant, Team USA level Lithuanian challenge, advance to FIBA Finals

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Hey, the good news is that Lithuania was right. Team USA probably isn’t invincible. Kevin Durant in this tournament, though? Yeah, he’s pretty close to it. Durant scored 38 points in an 88-74 win over LIthuania, as Team USA advanced to the FIBA World Championship Finals. Durant wound up 14-25 from the floor, despite every…

  23. Preview USA vs. Lithuanians: Now we see how far the youngsters have come

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Back in August, the USA got together to take on Lithuania in a “friendly” — and the young Americans got punched in the mouth for a half. Don’t believe me, this is what Coach K told John Schuhmann of NBA.com. “They were playing the international game and we were still playing a U.S. game that…

  24. Linas Kleiza's Greek vacation has made him a new man

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    He is scoring 19.1 points a game on 60.4 percent shooting, is getting to the line, has shown everyone what he is capable of on the World Stage and is the unquestioned leader of a team in the FIBA World Championships. Kevin Durant? No, although their statistics are nearly identical. It’s Linas Kleiza. The former…

  25. Kevin Durant is still right to pick Luis Scola as the MVP of the World Championships

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know that there’s a good player response to questions about individual accolades, but typically, a player’s answer to that kind of prompting is used to construct or enhance the public representation of a player’s personality. They can convey arrogance or humility, hunger or passivity, appreciation or entitlement. Or really, they’re just semi-canned responses…

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