Looking back at my all-star debut

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What’s going on everyone? Well, I’m finally back in Oklahoma City after a long weekend in Dallas. And man, it’s good to be back with my teammates. We went through a practice on Monday night and are getting right back into the swing of things tomorrow against the Dallas Mavericks.

I thought I’d just talk about what it was like playing in my first All-Star Game before we play Tuesday night. Really, it all sank in once I put my jersey on and warm-ups. Running out of that tunnel, it happened so quickly, first off. It felt like a dream to me. There were so many people there to watch the game and also so many people who gave me a great ovation.

That was something I really didn’t realize until somebody told me. I was caught up in the moment. But I’m glad all the fans supported me. Plus, it was a good game. It was a fun game and I had a blast running up and down the court with these guys and hopefully I can play in more All-Star Games.

Playing alongside all these stars was a little different for me. I was playing with a lot of guys who were the main options on their teams and it was kind of different for me to come off the bench, too. It was a new experience and like I said hopefully I come back.

And as far as that record crowd at the Cowboys Stadium, I’m just happy I was a part of some history. Again, the crowd was unbelievable. It was a lot to watch a basketball game and over 100,000 is something you wouldn’t even think about. I thought it would be around 80,000. But the crowd just showed how much our game has grown and how much the players have changed the look of the All-Star Game because it was a good game. It was like a real game. They don’t come out here and play around. They were serious trying to win.

Someone asked me if any player had left a lasting impression on me, and I really couldn’t come up with just one. Just being around these guys and seeing how they act and everyone was cool, just welcoming me in like I’ve been here for the last 10 years. I felt right at home, like I belonged.

And just as important to me was seeing some of my Thunder teammates throughout the weekend. That support system is always there from our players. They supported me and congratulated me and I just want to thank them so much.

Well, hopefully you all will continue to support us down the stretch of this season. I also want to know what you thought of the All-Star Game, so hit me up in my comments section. Talk to you soon!

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Another H-O-R-S-E Title

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What’s good everyone? Only one more day left for me at All-Star Weekend, and Saturday night was pretty special.

I successfully defended my H-O-R-S-E title against Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics and Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings. And this time, they gave me a real trophy!

Just like last year, I needed some long distance shooting to help me get the win because Rajon was knocking those shots down. He was having me sweating a little bit, but it was all fun. I’m glad I was given an opportunity to come back and defend my title and I’m glad I won it again, so we’ll see next year what I do.

I wanted to try more trick shots this year but that wasn’t working for me. Rondo, he missed a couple of shots he should have made, like the one he spun on his finger. I know I couldn’t have made that shot, so I was fortunate enough to catch him when he was missing some shots and I made some.

Someone told me that I hit eight straight three-pointers down the stretch. Once the ball left my hand it felt good. I left my release up there and it felt like I was just practicing again. Not sure if you were watching it on TNT, but Charles Barkley said over the air that he thought Rajon would come out on top. It was all good, though, because Kenny Smith went with me, and we ended up getting the dub.

As far as the new trophy I got, I’m going to put it with the one I won last year. It’s a sweet trophy, and it capped another busy day for me. I started things off at the Jam Session, where I got to wear my All-Star practice jersey, which was an awesome feeling. I had another media session, where I was asked some of the same questions over and over. Then I made some appearances for Gatorade and Nike and ended the night at the arena to watch All-Star Saturday Night and cheer on my teammate Russell in the Skills Challenge.

I can’t believe that Sunday is already here! Tonight is going to be a night to remember. I can’t wait to put on my All-Star jersey and run through that tunnel.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back with another post later.

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Friday was crazy!

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What’s going y’all? Man, yesterday was so crazy, I was going non-stop from talking to the media to going to photo shoots and team meetings.

Let me tell you, that media session was something else. I saw seen a lot more media this year than I saw last year at the Sophomore-Rookie practice.

But overall, this has really been a dream come true. I had a meeting earlier Friday with all the other All Stars and it felt good. Everyone’s coming to me and saying I deserve to be here. It shows the hard work is starting to pay off. I’m going to make it a point to go to everything — three-point contest, dunk contest — and just enjoy everything. It’s awesome. I’m looking forward to it.

And really, I’ve just got to stay humble, something I get from my mom. I remember when I was maybe nine or 10 and I was just coming off a really good game and I was boasting. My mom didn’t like that. She told me, ‘always act like you’ve been there before; always try to get better and never take this for granted and never put yourself on that pedestal.’ So I always took that to heart and always made sure I was humble and know that at anytime this can be taken away from me. And I just want to continue to let everybody know that I want to get better and that this is not the end for me.

That’s one of the stories I told to the media yesterday. A few reporters asked me if I can get to the same level as Kobe and LeBron, and I had to remind everyone that I’m not striving to be like those guys.

Those guys are way above me. I’m just getting into this league and trying to establish myself. I don’t really like when people compare me to those guys. They’re way above me. They’re more experienced and they’ve won more. That’s not only unfair to them but to me. I don’t want to be like LeBron, Kobe or ‘Melo. I just want to be Kevin Durant, and hopefully that’s at an All-Star level each year.

Another reporter asked me how much going back to my natural position of small forward has helped my game, and I thought that was a good question. It’s helped me out a lot, especially on our team. It’s tough playing shooting guard. That led to a lot of turnovers because smaller players could get under me. I think as the year went on, my rookie year, I learned how to play that position and that’s helping me out now so I can play multiple positions on the floor. From the 2 to the 4, where Scott Brooks is playing me a lot, I think that’s helped me out.

Another good question I had was about whether I get booed in opposing arenas.

Man, me and my teammates get booed a lot! I’ve heard some crazy things, these last couple of weeks especially — ‘you’re the worst player in the league, you’re too skinny, eat a sandwich, you’re not going to score tonight.’ I hear a lot of crazy things. It’s all fun and games.

Two of the hardest questions I had yesterday came from two Chinese journalists. One guy asked me to say Happy New Year in Chinese. I did my best, so hopefully it turned out well. And a female reporter from China told me we were streaming live to China and that she wanted me to say ‘I’m on fire’ in Chinese. That was another tough one.

But overall, the day went pretty well. And it’s something I really wouldn’t mind doing again, especially if it means I’d get to be an All-Star.

I’ve just got to continue to do the things I’m doing right now. I’ve just got to do them a little better — passing the basketball, playing defense, ball handling, being more of a facilitator within our offense. I think I’m doing a decent job but I can do a lot better. But like I said, I’ve got to continue to work and stay humble and bring that focus everyday.

Well, that’s it for now. Hopefully that gave you some insight into what’s been a memorable and hectic weekend for me. I’ll keep you posted on how my Saturday goes. As you know, I’ll be defending my H-O-R-S-E title in a little bit. Make sure to check that out.

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My Coaching Debut

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What’s good everyone? Man, I’ve been so busy down here in Dallas for All-Star Weekend, but I had to put up a blog to let you all know what’s going on with me being that I’m a first-time All-Star.

Well, I made my coaching debut tonight as an assistant for the Rookie team in the Rookie-Sophomore game, which the Rookies eventually won. I’ve got to give a shout out to my teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook. They both played well.

Obviously, this coaching gig was something new for me and I was excited to do it. Once they asked me to do it, it was a no-brainer. I was very happy to be a part of it and glad to see the rookies get a win. I know that Russell and James did some friendly trash talking before the game, but they really didn’t matchup against each other and I didn’t call any plays.

But Russell, he played great, tremendous basketball. If they would have won, he would have gotten the MVP. But either way I’m happy.

And if you were watching the game on TV, you might have seen me all decked out in a black suit. It was a tailored suit that I got in L.A. It’s not often that I’m in a suit on the sideline, so it was nice to switch it up a bit.

Well, I’m gonna come back with another blog real soon about the media availability that the All-Stars had on Friday afternoon. I hadn’t faced this many reporters and cameras since I was drafted. It was crazy.

Hit y’all later.

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Watching My Horns in Stillwater

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What’s going on everybody? Just checking in to tell you about my trip to Stillwater on Monday night to see my Texas Longhorns take on — and beat — Oklahoma State. It ended up being a great game and ESPN was even there.

I went to the game with my friends from home plus Russell Westbrook, Kyle Weaver, Jeff Green, James Harden and D.J. White. I just wanted to support my guys. It was a good game, so I’m happy I went. It was cool just to see them. They’re people I really love and really care for, and it was especially good to see them do so well.

I’m glad I got to talk to them and see them in person, too. I got there right before tip-off so I saw them at halftime and after the game. I talked to Coach Barnes, asked him how he was doing and he said he was proud of me and just told me to continue to work. I really miss seeing those guys since I was there the whole summer and I’m looking forward to going back down there this summer.

As far as the atmosphere went, the fans were great and the student section was funny. I miss college a lot. I really, really miss it. Even though I was in OSU territory, no one really gave me a hard time. They really were just like, ‘hey how are you doing? Remember the game you played here a couple years back when it went to triple-overtime?’ It was just reminiscing. It was cool to have just friendly competition between myself and some Oklahoma State fans. Like I said, I was happy I went and hopefully I’ll go to more games in the future.

Texas was No. 1 but they lost three out of the last five I think. But they’ve been playing well. Every team goes through a spurt where they lose a couple of games here and there. That happens and they go through that every year. I think they’ll be alright. They’ve got a lot of talent on that team. They’re deep. I was hoping to see them this weekend at OU but we’ll be in San Francisco. So I’m happy I saw them. Seeing them once was better than not seeing them at all.

So what do you guys think of the college basketball season so far? Surprise teams or players, favorites to watch? Anyone a Longhorns fan? Let me know in the comments section.

We play the Hornets tonight in New Orleans. Make sure to send a prayer out for my bro Chris Paul. He injured his knee and I just want to see him healthy and back on the court as soon as possible.

Talk to you soon.

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Keeping up with KD: Busy Week For Mr. Durant

Was there anything Kevin Durant didn’t do last week?

From shooting commercials for Gatorade and TNT and being named an All-Star reserve, to leading the league in scoring — how about that season-high 45 points on Sunday? — Durant stayed busy.

Oh, and just for good measure, the Thunder forward and former Longhorn was scheduled to make the trek to Sillwater on Monday night to see his boys from Texas take on Oklahoma State in a nationally televised game.

Of course, that had to be the icing on the cake for Kevin, who earned his second Western Conference Player of the Week award of the season on Monday afternoon.

Can it get any better? Of course it can. But let’s look back on the week that was for Kevin Durant.

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I’m an All-Star!

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What’s good everyone? Man, today’s been an unbelievable day for me, my family and the Thunder organization. I’ve been selected to play in my first-ever All-Star Game!

This was something I’ve dreamed about since I was growing up and I’m just so fortunate to be named a Western Conference All-Star. Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain this level of play. I just really appreciate my teammates and my family for giving me support and thank the good man above for giving me these talents and this work ethic.

A lot of people were already telling me congrats early on today but I didn’t want to know until it became official. But so many people have been supportive of me, so at the end of the day it’s still a blessing. A lot of people, fans and critics know we have a ton of talent in Oklahoma City and this just shines another light on the organization.

I’m sure you’ve already heard that I won’t be at All-Star Weekend alone. My teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden will be playing in the Rookie-Sophomore game, so we’ll be well represented in Dallas.

Oh yeah, not sure if you guys were watching, but TNT did a live interview with me after they announced the All-Star reserves. That was pretty cool. I’ve seen a lot of guys do those interviews and now I guess it was my turn, but like I said I’m just blessed to be in this position. I’ve just got to continue to work hard.

And speaking of work, we’ve got another tough opponent tomorrow night when the Denver Nuggets come to town. Make sure you watch our game tomorrow, and thanks to everyone for all your support!

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Defending the H-O-R-S-E Crown

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What’s good everybody? Hope you all are doing well. We came up short last night against a tough Bulls team. We’ve had a tough stretch in our last 3 games, but I promise we will bounce back. That’s my word!

I’m so glad we’re home this week, but man, it’s been a busy one. I had a TV camera crew come to my crib the other day to film a promo commercial for this year’s H-O-R-S-E competition at NBA All-Star Weekend. Yup, I’ll be there to defend my H-O-R-S-E crown. And I’ll tell you what, that commercial shoot was a lot of fun.

They set it up like I had to try to find the H-O-R-S-E trophy that I won last year somewhere in my house. I don’t know if you’ve seen it or not but it’s literally a horse trophy, just a little plastic thing that TNT and GEICO gave me when I won last year in Phoenix. The commercial shoot was pretty neat because I’ve never done that before. Oh yeah, the horse was actually in a drawer in my room.

As far as why I entered the contest again, well that’s pretty simple. I’m the reigning champ, and you know the reigning champ always has to come back and try to get another one. Plus, it was a lot of fun. It was exciting. Fans were really into it. It was televised nationally and I got to shoot against some great players. I’m excited to do it again.

I used to play H-O-R-S-E all the time as a kid with my brother Tony and our friends from the neighborhood. We used to call it OUT, PIG, GEICO (just kidding). But I played it a lot growing up and I like to think that it kind of prepared me for that day last year. Hopefully I’ll go in there and get another horse, or maybe a real trophy this time.

I might try some trick shots, but if I’m not making them that’s when I’ll go to my regular tactics. I’m just going to do it on the fly, but I might start practicing this week or so if I find the time. I actually didn’t practice heading into last year’s competition, so I just shot regular shots.

So what do you all think of me defending my H-O-R-S-E title? You guys have any suggestions for trick shots? Or should I keep it simple? Let me know in the comments section.

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