Found June 14, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Not many know much about the guy who dominated Game 1 of the NBA Finals other than he's pretty good. Kevin Durant is a mystery even to some of the players trying to beat him. "It's one of those things where I respect his game, but I don't know him, either. I know probably just as much as you guys know," Miami's Dwyane Wade said Wednesday. That's just the way Durant likes it. He doesn't seek the spotlight and it seldom comes to Oklahoma looking for him. He rarely makes much news and wouldn't read it anyway, preferring the quiet life LeBron James gave up any hope of when he went to Miami and promised all those championships at that big welcoming party two summers ago. Durant instead committed to remaining in Oklahoma City that same month, bypassing a big announcement by revealing on Twitter he had agreed to a contract extension. He may not be able to hide much longer. A few more performances like he had in the opener -...
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