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  1. Usain Bolt looks up to Kevin Durant (and not just physically)

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Usain Bolt is an athletic freak of nature. The fastest… er, second fastest man in the world. A guy too tall to be a sprinter who makes it look effortless as he blows past people. And he thinks of Kevin Durant as a role model, he told the London Globe and Mail: When I was…

  2. Coach K tells Kevin Durant to shoot the rock

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant is what you want to lead your team — an unselfish superstar. A guy who wants to play a true team game, a guy willing to pass the rock. Too willing, Mike Krzyzewski told the Associated Press. He wants Durant to shoot the rock. “They look to him all the time,” Krzyzewski said…

  3. Team USA: Defensive pressure and bombing threes

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    A couple days into the Team USA practices in New York — and with tip-off of the World Basketball Classic tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall — here are two things becoming clear about this team: They are going to use a lot of pressure defenses, and they are going to bomb threes. The defensive…

  4. Kevin Durant is your favorite for MVP

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Another sign that Kevin Durant is blowing up — he is now the odds-on favorite to be the league MVP next season. Not Kobe, not LeBron, but KD. That according to our friends at Bodog.com, who laid out the odds for the award next season: Kevin Durant 5/2Kobe Bryant 3/1LeBron James 9/2Dwight Howard 13/2Dwayne Wade…

  5. What Kevin Durant did on his summer vacation

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When he’s not leading Team USA (like he started doing again Monday in New York), Kevin Durant still goes and balls with his old league. Love that guy, he’s grounded. Oh, and he has a nice dunk repertoire, too.

  6. Small market Thunder about to be big time face of league

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are the undisputed kings of NBA marketing hype. When the league wants to put its best face forward — opening night, Christmas day — these are the teams you will see. But right behind them is the Oklahoma City Thunder. And that is the rare triumph of a…

  7. Three thunder players on Team USA, tired legs come February? Coach isn't worried.

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant is the face, the front man, the Bono to Team USA’s U2. He is going to Turkey. Russell Westbook impressed at camp in Vegas and is a lock, and Jeff Green may go as well. That’s three players logging a lot of extra practice and games in the offseason. Does that worry coach…

  8. White Team routs Blue Team in Team USA scrimmage; real question: who's playing center?

    Jul 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    I’ve never really understood watching scrimmages. I mean, I do it a lot. I’ll watch basketball pretty much at any level. But the players are just so removed from the effort level we find most enjoyable to watch. That level, if you’re wondering, is a Game 7 in the playoffs in the semifinals or higher.…

  9. We're living in an age of great shooters

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon in the NBA offseason. Our primary choices of discussion are the latest in Chris Paul rumors (nothing of substance will develop until after his meeting with NOLA brass Monday), Shaquille O’Neal rumors (the great celebration of the marginal), and a Las Vegas team that doesn’t exist. So instead, I thought…

  10. Kevin Durant on announcing his deal on twitter: What did you expect?

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    It wasn’t what Kevin Durant did this summer that was a surprise. Everybody knew Oklahoma City was going to offer him a max extension, and everybody knew he was going to sign it. What made it news was how it was handled was such a contrast to the other big free agent moves this summer.…

  11. Make no mistake Team USA is Kevin Durant's team

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    After Thursday’s practice, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about how the players on this team have to get used to the more hockey-like shifts they take — three or four minutes of run at a time, keeping guys fresh. Except Kevin Durant, he’s getting 10-minute shifts, as John Schuhmann noted on the Hang Time…

  12. Thunder owners extend GM Sam Presti, then let basketball people make basketball decisions. Crazy.

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Look at the lineup of teams where ownership lets the basketball people make basketball decisions: Spurs, Celtics, Lakers, Magic, Thunder. Notice the similarities there? Oklahoma City today announced it has extended its deal with general manager Sam Presti, the team announced today. That is the best move they made this off-season (and they’ve made a…

  13. Team USA is not on a cakewalk to the World Championship

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    No Kobe, No LeBron, no problem. Team USA is just going to coast to the World Championship. Because we are the USA and we are that deep with talent. That’s what you all seem to think, based on everything from message boards to betting lines. You’re all wrong. The USA is sending a “B” team…

  14. Team USA: The B-Team that actually wants to be there

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    Yahoo! Sports reports that Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that not a single player from the 2008 Olympic team will join Team USA for the World Championships in Turkey this summer.  In the midst of a public outpouring of rage and disgust over the behavior of how and where various free agents decided to exercise their…

  15. Kevin Durant re-ups with the Thunder for five years, and there is much rejoicing

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant announced that he has agreed to a five-year extension with the Thunder (worth a reported $85 million) and the only loser is uniform grammar usage. He will remain a Thunder. The Thunder is lucky to have him. Are they? Damn those tricky, singularly plural team names. Of course, it’s of slightly more significance…

  16. Want to know where LeBron James is going? Check his Website.

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    “You’ll be the first to know.” Register at the new LeBronJames.com and that is the sentence that greets you. Those words plus other rumblings from his camp suggest that the first place the word of LeBron’s decision on where to play next year will be made through his site. DJ Steph Floss — the DJ…

  17. One deal likely to get done fast: Kevin Durant extension in Oklahoma City

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    While we’ve all been watching the Gulfstream jets land in Akron, the Oklahoma City Thunder have gone about trying to secure their future as a powerhouse. At 11:01 central time last night a team of Oklahoma City Thunder officials knocked on the door of Kevin Durant. They were there to offer a max extension too…

  18. Raptors' preference for a Chris Bosh sign-and-trade likely means more suitors than ever and a better chance for a Miami supergroup

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Why should the teams with cap space get to have all the fun? Even if the Cavs don’t want any part of a sign-and-trade for LeBron and Dwyane Wade seems locked into Miami, the Raptors not only appear open to the idea of signing-and-trading Chris Bosh, but Bryan Colangelo actually prefers it. From Marc J.…

  19. Durant expects to get extension done

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant can technically become a free agent after next season, but it looks like Durant wants to avoid all of that drama.  Durant is eligible to begin negotiating his first contract extension with the Thunder on July 1st. According to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry, Durant is fully expecting that the contract extension process will go smoothly: …

  20. Winderman: Dwyane Wade planning to skip World Championships

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    This summer is throwing a serious wrench at Jerry Colangelo and his plans for the World Championships. After LeBron James indicated that he will not be participating in the FIBA games in Turkey, Dwyane Wade confirmed to our own Ira Winderman in the Miami Sun-Sentinel that he will not participate in the World Championships. Wade…

  21. National teams will tear up NYC for pre-FIBA events

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    The roster for Team USA currently reads “Kevin Durant and…Kevin Durant?” but that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited about America’s team for the FIBA World Championships. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard could be considered doubtful, but even the second and third tiers of native NBA players could make…

  22. Team USA may go younger

    May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    The veterans are on the fence. And the Team USA roster is in flux. This summer isn’t the Olympics, this is the FIBA World Basketball Championships (which some countries see as the bigger deal, but we don’t). It’s in Turkey, which is a great place to visit but, again, not sexy to the American audience.…

  23. Kevin Durant says he's kidding, he's not doing dunk contest

    May 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:00 pm: In the immortal words of Emily Litella, “never mind.” Durant tweeted this afternoon that he was just joking, he has no intention of doing the dunk contest. His choice, he can do what he wants, but don’t tease us like that man. We need people like you to be in, to liven…

  24. Kevin Durant joins the big time, named to All-NBA First Team

    May 6, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    This season at a Clippers/Thunder game, my media row seat was next to two advanced scouts checking out the Thunder for upcoming games for their teams. Three times during the game, Kevin Durant did something that had these scouts — jaded guys who have seen more basketball than you and I ever will — look…

  25. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz: As if the Jazz don't have enough problems, Kobe is back

    May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    At one point in the first round, Kobe Bryant was showing all the leaping ability of Ron Artest. You could hardly tell them apart… well, except for the hair. And the build. And the fluidity of motion. Okay, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t good either. Oklahoma City was blanketing him with very…

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