Keeping up with KD: Looking Back at KD’s Last Few Weeks
Keeping up with Kevin Durant has been no easy task as of late. The All-Star forward has been all over the map and in the headlines during the final month of the NBA regular season.
In early April, Kevin was honored at the 34th annual March of Dimes Sports Headliner Awards Banquet as the Headliner of the Year. Durant got the award for achieving national and international success in a major sport. With a team on the rise, a national sneaker deal, commercials and shout outs from celebrities and hip hop artists like Snoop Dogg, KD has no doubt brought recognition to Oklahoma.
The banquet was held at the historic (and sometimes spooky, depending on who you ask) Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, and Durant was surrounded by the people who matter most to him, including his mother, grandmother, brother, cousin, friends and members of Goodwin Sports Management.
And when KD returned to the court, he kept on scoring. Whether it was from the free-throw line, behind the arc or coming off those tight curls, Kevin was lighting up scoreboards. The result: KD became the youngest scoring champion in league history when he edged out LeBron James with a scoring average of 30.1 points per game.
Bottom line is weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve continued to see KD mature before our very eyes. He led the Thunder in scoring, rebounds, steals and was second in blocks. So as much of a scorer KD has developed into, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s becoming just as polished in other areas on the court.
And when Kevin finally sealed the scoring title in the ThunderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s regular season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies, the third-year forward finally broke his silence. KD admitted that the scoring title had been in the back of his mind for most of the season.
“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not something I came into the season saying I wanted to get,Ã¢â‚¬Â Durant said. “But it feels good to be a part of history.”
“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to tell you guys that,Ã¢â‚¬Â Durant said, smiling. “But it was in the back of my mind the whole season to be honest with you. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be cool to go home and say youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the scoring champ at 21 years old. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a blessing, something I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take for granted.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Hey, when media and fans are asking you left and right if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to lead the league in scoring, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kind of hard to completely shut it out.
But now comes the fun part for KD. Durant and his Thunder teammates are in the playoffs in just its second season in Oklahoma City. The city is buzzing. The team is playing well. KD is doing his thing. A run-in with the Los Angeles Lakers can only bring good things to KD and his teammates in the long run.
Nothing like making your playoff debut against the defending champs.
And KD has been focused over the last couple of weeks. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in the zone, so to speak. His attention is focused solely on these playoffs. So wish him well and make sure you check him out in his playoff debut against the Lakers tomorrow.
KD will be checking in with you about his first playoff series on his blog very soon.
Tags: 2010 NBA Season, Keeping up with KD, Kevin Durant, March of Dimes, Scoring Championship