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If you haven’t heard, Kevin Durant is no longer a Mr. Nice Guy nor is he complacent with routinely being overlooked as the best in a myriad of categories. On this week’s Sports Illustrated cover, Durant is quoted as saying,
I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the finals. I’m tired of being second…I’m done with it.
Such grand proclamations are awesome, motivational, intimidating to others, and all of that good stuff, especially when journeying toward an NBA championship. But bold statements and guarantees can only take you so far, see Patrick Ewing.
Although Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are more than well equipped to win an NBA Championship, something they were so close to attaining last season, Durant should also recognize he’s not the only player gunning for LeBron’s crown. With Kobe Bryant coaching from his bedside, Carmelo Anthony, the lone All-Star from the 2003 NBA Draft class without a ring, appears more motivated than ever. He already unseated Durant for the scoring title, could LeBron be next? We’ll find out in the next couple of months. But for now, Durant needs to wait in line because if anyone is destined to dethrone King James, it’s Melo.
Dope cover though.
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The Miami Heat may be the overwhelming favorites to win their second-straight NBA title, but Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant plans to do all he can to stop that from happening. Durant and company came in second place in the NBA last season. They were one of a number of teams that fell victim to LeBron James taking his game to another level. Second place may be acceptable...
Kevin Durant is 24 years old, which is about the time most of us start really trying to find our identities, sometimes for the second or third time.
And Durant is now sick of an identity he feels has been following him around since he was a teenager.
"I've been second my whole life," the Oklahoma City Thunder star told Sports Illustrated. "I was the second...
Oklahoma City Thunder fans have been mentally replaying one scene in their minds since the 2011-2012 NBA Finals.
The sight of their star Kevin Durant slumping into the arms of his mother after the Thunder were taken out by the Miami Heat has burned a permanent imprint on their internal movie screen.
The good news is that like a certain famous 80′s hair metal band, Durant is not...
Tweet With the 2013 NBA Playoffs underway, Sports Illustrated decided to run an NBA related cover story for their April 29 issue, which ended up being a story profiling the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. The cover for that issue has been released and features an absolutely fantastic quote from Durant, seen here: In case [...]
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, which, along with three scoring titles and a Western Conference championship, are just about the only things he’s ever finished first in, apparently. In the cover story, the Thunder superstar vents to Lee Jenkins about being a perpetual bridesmaid:
I’ve been second my whole life. I was the...
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has come in second place during most of his career -- and he is sick of it.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead.
Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 to play, and the Thunder didn't relinquish the lead after that. Durant missed a free throw with...
To add insult to relative injury following his team’s 105-102 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale complained about what he perceived to be an excessively brightly lit press conference room. Shielding his eyes from the blinding glare, McHale pleads with whoever is in charge to take down the lights a few thousand lumens, saying...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead.
Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 to play, and the Thunder didn't relinquish the lead after that. Durant missed...
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The Oklahoma City Thunder squeezed past James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a 105-102 shootout.
Kevin Durant continued to make good on his promise that he is done with being second best.
He nailed a clutch three-pointer with less than three minutes left to send the Thunder off to Saturday’s Game 3 at Houston with a 2-0 quarterfinal series lead.
Top 5 Players
1. Kevin Durant (Thunder)
2. Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
3. James Harden (Rockets)
4. Segre Ibaka (Thunder)
5. Chandler Parsons (Rockets)
1. Jeremy Lin (Rockets)
2. Kevin Martin (Thunder)
3. Omer Asik (Rockets)
Best scorer : Kevin Durant (Thunder)
Best passer: Russell Westbrook (Rockets)
Best shooter: Kevin Martin (Thunder)
Best low-post scorer: Omer Asik...
Despite one hell of an effort from the Houston Rockets in Game Two, so far business has been taken care of by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder remain seated atop their No. 1 seed throne maintaining home-court advantage by going up 2-0 in the series with their two initial home games. This is obviously a great sign for OKC. Houston showed promise in Game Two as well, though...