Hoopsworld.com: Kevin Durant Finding All-Star Swagger

Last week the NBA announced 1,345,566 votes were cast for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, thereby securing his place as a starter on the 2012 Western Conference All-Star team. As the numbers go, Durant received the most votes for the forward position in the Western Conference. A distant second in forwards was the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (876,451 votes). Overall, Durant was second only to Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in conference voting (who nabbed 1,555,479 votes).

“To to see that many votes he had compared to the next forward, it was a great thing,” Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook told HOOPSWORLD. “It’s a great, great thing (to be voted by) the fan base especially, you know, starting here and expanding across the world.”

Durant is no stranger to the All-Star Weekend festivities. In 2010 – his third season in the NBA – he was named an All-Star reserve. He was voted an All-Star starter last year. He’s also logged time in the Rookie-Sophomore game and is the reigning back-to-back H-O-R-S-E champion.

“I feel like a vet now, to be honest,” said Durant, a wide grin spreading across his face. “It was an exciting feeling when I got that call.”

If he had been keeping track of the voting, he may not have been too surprised. Final confirmation, however, inevitably gave him a special feeling.

“You’ve got to be thrilled when something like that happens, regardless if you know it’s coming or not,” shared Westbrook.

“(I’m) just blessed that I got this opportunity, blessed the fans voted me in, so I’m going to do my best to represent,” Durant said.

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Kevin Durant Scores 33 in Thunder Victory Over the Portland Trailblazers

The Thunder won an overtime thriller in Portland on Monday night, defeating the Blazers 111-107.

KD finished the game with 33 points (on 15-33 shooting), 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Thunder now head to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

The Thunder Fall Short in San Antonio

On the second night of a back to back, KD and the Thunder fell short against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday night.

KD finished the night with 22 points (on 9-19 shooting), 11 rebounds and 4 assists. After the game KD tweeted: “Tough L to a really good team, but no time to hang our heads”.

KD and the Thunder now head to Portland to take on the Blazers on Monday night.

Kevin Durant Scores 36 in a Thunder Win Over the Grizzlies

KD and the Thunder defeated their rival Memphis Grizzlies 101-94 in OKC on Friday night. KD finished with 36 points (on 14-24 shooting), 10 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Thunder saved their best for last, outscoring the Memphis Grizzlies 32-17 in the fourth quarter. KD scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds in the last :53.8 seconds of the game.

The Thunder now head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Saturday night.

Official Photos and Release Information for the Nike Zoom KD IV Black History Month Colorway

In celebration of the 36th anniversary of Black History Month, Nike is introducing a new, limited-edition 2012 Black History Month Collection featuring premium footwear from Nike Basketball and Nike Sportswear, along with select apparel. KD’s signature Nike Zoom KD IV is a part of the 2012 Black History Month Collection.

The collection celebrates the achievements and pioneering spirit of three important teams: 1996 USA Basketball Women’s team, 2002 Brazil Men’s Soccer team, and the 2008 Kenyan Long-Distance running team. These teams answered the call to greatness and their legacy continues to uplift and inspire their communities.

NIKE designers developed a signature graphic print and distinct colors that are featured on the shoes. This motif is inspired by the vibrant colors of International African culture, drawing visual cues from Kenyan beads, to the Brazilian Carnivale, to African-American quilt making which originated in the southern United States.

In addition to the shoes, select apparel styles include the Nike Destroyer jacket, T-shirt and snapback hat.

In keeping with a tradition of honoring this holiday by giving back to organizations that work to inspire youth towards greatness, NIKE, Inc. will make a financial contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

The Nike Black History Month Collection will be available at select retailers this month and at NikeStore.com beginning February 11.

Thank you for voting me to the 2012 NBA All-Star Team!

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What’s good everyone? I just want to thank you guys for voting me into the all star game…I really appreciate it!!

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Kevin Durant Named a Starter on the 2012 Western Conference All-Star Team

KD was named a starter on the 2012 Western Conference All-Star team after receiving 1,345,566 votes, second most in the Western Conference, the NBA announced today.

This will mark KD’s third career All-Star appearance and his second as a starter. During last year’s game played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, KD was the game’s second leading scorer after recording 34 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

This season, KD has helped lead the Thunder to a NBA-best 17-4 record while averaging 26.6 points (3rd in the NBA), a team-high 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 37.1 minutes. Through the first six weeks of the season, Durant has recorded eight double-doubles and he became the first player in franchise history to open the season with four consecutive 30-point scoring efforts.

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Amway Center in Orlando – on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

Kevin Durant and the Thunder Defeat the Mavericks in Dallas

KD and the Thunder ended their one game losing streak, defeating the Mavericks 95-86 in Dallas on Wednesday night. KD finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Russ also had an outstanding game, finishing with 33 points.

The Thunder now head home take on their rival Memphis Grizzlies in OKC on Friday night.

Kevin Durant Featured in the 2011-12 Top NBA FIT Moments

Check out the best examples of NBA stars working out and staying fit as they maintain their healthy lifestyle all year round. Look out for KD in the video at number 5.

Shout out to the DMV for the love

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I had a great time at my appearance at the PG Plaza Footlocker House of Hoops a couple of weeks ago. Because I’m from the area, it is really important to me to have events in the DMV as much as possible. Here are a few pics from the event. Did any of you get a chance to make it out?

Check out the rest of the photos on my Facebook Page.

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