The Final Word on My Contract Extension

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What’s going on everyone? Our USA Basketball training camp is winding down here in Vegas, and Thursday was very memorable because I was able to share the court with two of my teammates, Jeff and Russell, for a few minutes during a scrimmage against the Select Team. It was pretty neat to be out there with the guys. We’re just trying to represent OKC and USA!

We also had a pretty good practice before we scrimmaged, focusing mostly on defensive schemes and roles. I was trying to get after it on the defensive end when it came time to play. I know I got a bit better as a defender last season but I know there’s always a lot of room for improvement.

I gotta say, there’s been quite a bit of media out here this week. It seems like there’s new reporters every day. So of course I’m getting a lot of the same questions, and one big one I keep getting is how I handled my contract situation. I know I haven’t blogged about my contract extension, but I think I owe it to you all to let you know how it went down and why I handled it the way I did.

First off, I’ve always said that Oklahoma City is a place I want to be and I couldn’t imagine not playing for the Thunder, especially with these great teammates and coaches and support staff. So when I got approached with a contract extension once negotiations could start, signing it wasn’t a very hard decision. It was really a no-brainer. If people were paying attention to what I’ve been saying for the last three years, then they’d know my heart has always been with the Thunder. This organization has been moving in the right direction since the day I got here.

Now as far as announcing my signing through Twitter…..c’mon, what else would you expect?!?! You all know how much I love Twitter and Facebook and social media in general. I’ve met so many fans through social media. That’s how a lot of us athletes connect with fans in this day and age. I love giving out free tickets or Nike gear and answering all your questions, even the crazy funny ones. So I didn’t think twice to announce my contract extension through Twitter. I wanted to make sure all my fans and supporters were the first to know, and most importantly to get the news straight from me!

Now, the friends and family and fans who know me weren’t surprised that it’s how I let everyone know. But some people keep asking why I didn’t announce it on national television or something like that. I really get a laugh out of that. I keep telling people how my situation was much different from all the other big names out there. First of all, I was just up for a contract extension. LeBron, Chris Bosh and D-Wade, those guys were unrestricted free agents, so there was more hype with their decision, more people who wanted to know what was gonna go down. That’s a big difference.

And as I told someone the other day, LeBron James is the biggest name in sports. Nothing he does is ever going to go quiet. You can’t blame him for what happened and how he made his decision. Again, my situation was totally different.

But whether I signed the contract extension this summer or next summer, once I stepped on the floor here in Las Vegas for this Team USA camp, everything else went out the door for me. I’m always focused on what’s in front of me. Of course I’m glad the contract is done. It’s a blessing. But to be here right now, I just want to be focused and try to do something I’ve never done before, which is play for the USA team.

So hopefully that explains everything for y’all. I’ll try to get another blog up before we leave Vegas this weekend.

Take care!

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  • Guester

    KD, do you know what the final startng 5 will be?

  • Sportsfan

    Well said…to a very good player and person. Keep up the great work, on and off the court. I hope you and your team have a great year.

  • Tony

    You the man, KD.

  • Dre Blann

    KD you continue to impress me as a fan on and off the court!!! i recently started following you on twitter and facebook.. your the only sports player/celebrity that i follow and the only one i care to honestly… Im thinkin bout movin to OKC so im definitely looking forward to seeing you play live next season!!!

  • equals

    lets go kd i really wish u good luck but one question what do u have to say about nba elite 11

  • Granthillcollector

    My video of KD Enoy Guys!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUj7NB9DTB0

  • Tallguyry

    Keep doin work and keeping your head up. Love the positive and humble attitude. It shows your love for the game. We appreciate you for who you are and what you do… Represent in LV and against the world.

  • http://twitter.com/Olopokram Mark Stahlbaum

    Yesssir! KD

  • http://twitter.com/Olopokram Mark Stahlbaum

    USA USA USA !

  • Thomas30

    The main point for the Thunder (and me) is to get you to sign an exhention on your contract. Now that is done, next is to sign Jeff Green to an exhention. From what I heard, Green wants to do it, but the Thunder (i.e., Sam Presti et al) wants to wait. I (as does you) really want Green to be with the Thunder for a long time, so nicely use your pull to force Presti to sign. I really appreciate it so much.

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  • anne

    I love you Kevin Durant! You are an amazing young man….!

  • Jtyndall63

    Kevin always remember the “GAME” will always be bigger than you (something Lebron and now Chris don't understand). I believe you do. True success will be seen it doesn't have to be heard. It is our responsibility to continue to improve and evolve as human beings. Wear the USA jersey with pride and “GOOD LUCK”.

  • Salah7252

    Good luck man, appreciate your lack of ego. I will indeed enjoy watching you and my favorite Derrick Rizzle perform in FIBA if you both are going, Enjoy yourself man.

  • OZ

    KD just gotta say keep it up. Work hard for USA and get them Thunder to the finals baby.

  • Dirtyre99

    im one of your biggest fan can you send me autograph

 

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