Kevin Durant Shines On and Off the Court

There has been a ton of talk this season about how great KD has been performing on the court. He’s currently the league leader in scoring and has has already helped the Thunder clinch a playoff spot. With all of his on the court success, it’s easy to miss some of the things he’s done off the court.

From his Giving Tree event this past Christmas, to making a donation to Haiti, KD has also established himself as an all-star off of the court. Here’s a video that will play before KD is recognized at this Thursday’s 34th Annual March of Dimes Sports Headliner Banquet:

My Thoughts on the New Usher Album

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What’s good everyone? Well, we’re coming down the home stretch of the regular season right now, with just five more games left before the playoffs begin.

I’m sure a lot of you saw last night’s game against the Jazz. That felt like a 12 round boxing match. I can’t lie, that game really hurt. We were so close and then just lost in the final seconds of OT. Deron Williams was awesome for the Jazz. We just have to take our hats off to them for winning.

Tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets should be another good challenge for us. With everyone in the West within a couple of game of each other it’s important for us to win every game we can. Make sure y’all tune in tonight and check us out.

So how many people have picked up the new Usher album, Raymond vs. Raymond? I know it dropped last week, so today I’m gonna give you my little review.

Overall, I thought it was okay. I’m a BIG fan of Usher so I might be biased toward some songs people might not like but I think it’s good just because it’s Usher. I’m glad he came out with some new stuff, and he has some nice songs on there that I can rock to. It wasn’t his best album, but it’s still a great album.

I like, ‘There Goes My Baby,’ that’s a song that everyone knows. I like ‘Mars Versus Venus,’ this song called ‘She Don’t Know’ with Ludacris and the song, ‘Okay.’ It was a nice album — it was just a lot more pop than his usual albums. A lot more dance tracks than what I’m used to with Usher. There are just less love songs.

But if you’re an Usher fan, I think you’ll like it. So go get it. If you’ve already heard it, give me your thoughts in the comments section.

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KD on the Cover of SLAM Magazine for the Second Time this Season

The folks over at SLAM Magazine chose Kevin and two of his Thunder teammates (Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green) to grace the cover of this month’s SLAM Magazine.

Here’s insight from SLAM Big Bossman, Lang Whitaker on why they picked the three young up and coming players to be on the cover:

Picking Oklahoma City from the West was a no-brainer. Sure they’re young and talented and all that, but what they’ve accomplished in just two years is incredible. Anyone remember that it was just a little over a year ago that they started out 1-12? I think everyone recognized they were a talented team, led by probably the most talented young player in the NBA, but now they’re not only a Playoff team out West, they’re three games out of first in their division and on pace to win 50.

Our main man Nima Zarrabi spent time with the Thunder when they were out in Cali a couple of weeks ago, and he wrote a great story that captures not only how well the Thunder players all get along, but also just how well the franchise is positioned going forward.

Support the Thunder and pick up your copy of this month’s SLAM Magazine today!

—Team KD

Oklahoma City’s Durant Named Western Conference Player of the Week

NEW YORK, April 5, 2010 — The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant today was named the Western Conference Player of the Week, for games played March 29 through April 4.

Durant led Oklahoma City to a 4-0 record, including a win at Dallas, the team’s first win there since 2004. Durant tied Bosh for the league lead in scoring for the week (31.5 ppg), and added averages of 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 steals (third in the West) and 1.5 blocks, leading the Thunder to its first playoff berth since the 2004-05 season. On April 4, Durant scored 40 points in a win over Minnesota and broke the franchise record for points in a season (2,258), passing Dale Ellis’ mark of 2,253 (1989-90). This is Durant’s third NBA Player of the Week award this season.

Here is a recap of the week for Durant:

March 30 @ Philadelphia: Posted 26 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in a 111-93 win over the Sixers.

March 31 @ Boston: Recorded 37 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 109-104 win over the Celtics.

April 3 @ Dallas: Scored 23 points, and added five rebounds, five assists, five steals and one block in a 121-116 win over the Mavericks.

April 4 vs. Minnesota: Netted 40 points, to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in a 116-108 win over the Timberwolves.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford, Boston’s Rajon Rondo, Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Miami’s Dwyane Wade and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.

AP: Oklahoma City Thunder Shaking up the NBA

Check out this new AP feature on the KD and the OKC Thunder. They definitely have been shaking up the NBA this season.

—Team KD

Our Road Trip To Dallas

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Happy Easter everyone! Hope you all are somewhere enjoying the day with your families.

We were just in Dallas on a quick overnight road trip to face the Mavs. If you didn’t hear, we ended up clinching a playoff spot last night. I’m so excited about getting a chance to play in the playoffs for the first time in my career. What makes it even sweeter is the way that Thunder fans have treated us through it all. Man, I love our Thunder fans so much! When we got back home last night there were fans lined up at the airport to greet us as we got of the plane! And it was 12:17 am! I can’t say thank you enough to all of the Thunder fans out there for all of the love and support.

We’re not done yet though. We still have to get as many wins as we can so that we can secure a better seed. We have another tough match up tonight against a very good Wolves team. So make sure to keep sending us all of your love and support. We really do feed off of it!

While we were in Dallas, me, Eric, James and Jeff decided to go see the movie “Why Did I Get Married, Too?” on Friday night. Nothing like killing some time away from home at the movies, you know?

I thought it was a great movie. I’m young and it made me think about what it would be like if I was married. Being in the NBA and being blessed to be financially stable, to have a wife to enjoy that with…that was something I thought about. I thought about the good and the bad throughout a relationship. Like I said, I know I’m young, but it’s something I can think about and something I look forward to…one day.

But overall it was a good movie. It was funny and it was serious at the same time, and that’s what made it a good movie. It wasn’t just all dramatic and about love and about hate. There were a lot of fun parts that made you think as well.

I think everybody should go see it. Go see it with your boyfriend, your girlfriend, whoever. It just makes you sit back and analyze all the things that go on in a relationship.

So who else has seen “Why Did I get Married, Too?” What did you all think about it? Let me know.

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KD Assists a Local OKC Family

This season, Thunder players James Harden, Jeff Green and Thabo Sefolosha treated local families in need to food shopping sprees and gift cards as part of an ongoing Thunder initiative in partnership with Homeland Stores. Thunder forward Kevin Durant joined his teammates’ efforts this month by taking a 25-year-old single woman and sole caretaker of her six nieces and nephews, ages 7 months to 7 years, on a Homeland shopping spree. Durant also provided the family with a $500 gift card for future grocery purchases.

In an effort to support Oklahoma City residents experiencing financial hardship, the deserving families are selected with the help of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Salvation Army of Oklahoma.

Amare Killing it in the KD II

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What’s good everybody? I know y’all saw what my boy Amare Stoudemire did in the KD II’s the another night. In case you didn’t here’s footage of the NASTY dunk. Dunk of the year? Let me know what y’all think.

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Keeping up with KD: KD’s Memorable Month on and off the Court

He scored, he shopped, he continued to help his team win, he mourned, he set records and he scored some more.

Yes, it’s been a month full of non-stop action and emotion for Kevin Durant as he and his Thunder teammates head into the second of a four-game home stand at the Ford Center on Wednesday night at the Ford Center.

KD has gone full-throttle since the start of March, when he picked up where he left off with a scoring onslaught that has lasted throughout the regular season.

Through 11 games this month, Durant has averaged 30.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He’s recorded three double-doubles and has scored at least 26 points in nine games. That includes his season-high-tying 45-point effort in Monday’s 99-96 gut-wrenching loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

To drop 45 on a team is a commendable feat in itself. But to do it against the Spurs, a team that’s served as a model for success over the better part of this decade, is the next morning’s water cooler talk.

And that was just one day after he became the second youngest player to score 2,000 points through 68 games under the age of 22. Some guy named LeBron James did it in 65 games in the 2005-06 season.

Another notch on Durant’s belt: in the Thunder’s 104-102 win over the New Jersey Nets on March 12, he set a franchise record for 30-point games with 36 (and counting).

Now, this month hasn’t been all peaches and cream for Durant. Watching his Texas Longhorns lose to Wake Forest in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament was painstaking for KD, who played one memorable season in Austin. Of course, this season would have been his senior year at Texas, and he considers those Longhorns family, so it wasn’t just another loss for Durant.

But one big gain for Kevin came not even a week earlier, when he took a family in need on a supermarket shopping spree at an Oklahoma City Homeland Store. Working with the Thunder, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Metro Salvation Army, Durant provided $1,000 worth of groceries to a 25-year-old woman who has legal custody and is the sole provider of her six nephews and nieces.

A few days later, the March of Dimes announced that it wants to honor Durant and a handful of other elite Oklahoma athletes at the 34th Annual Sports Headliner Banquet in early April.

For now, here’s hoping KD and his Thunder teammates close out the regular season on a strong note.

-Team KD

It’s March Madness Time!

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What’s going on everyone? Are you all ready for March Madness? I know I am. We’ve got this three-game road trip coming up but course I’ll be keeping an eye on this year’s Big Dance.

And after some exciting conference tournaments, this looks like it’s going to be a tough bracket. There’s a lot of good teams that can give other teams some big problems. I always like to watch the eighth and ninth seed games and the 5-12 games. They’re always good so we’ll see how they go down.

As far as some of the more intriguing matchups of the tournament, you can mark me down for Louisville-Cal, Temple-Cornell and, of course, Texas-Wake Forest. I think those will all be worth watching. And I think the second round games are going to be a real joy to watch, too.

As far as the Final Four goes, I’m going to roll with all the top seeds, so Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Duke. I expect to see you all playing in Indy. I’ve got Kansas-Kentucky in the title game, and my National Champion will be….Kansas! Yeah, that’s right, I’m going with the Jayhawks. First off, they’re from the Big 12, they’ve got a ton of weapons and they’ll pose a lot of matchup problems.

These are my picks off the top of my head. I’m going to fill out the rest of my bracket ASAP. And I’m sure we’ll be chatting about the Tournament as it unfolds.

So who do you guys have winning it all? Any major upsets? Games I shouldn’t miss. Let me know!

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