What was Kevin Durant’s Best Performance During the Lockout?

KD was sensational throughout this off-season and the extended lockout, keeping basketball alive by playing in pro-ams, summer leagues and pick up games throughout the country. From L.A. to D.C. to Baltimore to New York, his “from my hood to your hood” basketball tour proved to the world that even with a lockout BASKETBALL NEVER STOPS. Here are some of KD’s best performances of the summer and extended lockout. Which one do you believe was his best performance of the lockout?

KD shuts down the Drew League in Los Angeles
While in Los Angeles working out in June, KD decided to show up and play a couple of games at the Drew League. The performance gave the Drew League National attention, kicked of what KD called his “from my hood to your hood” basketball tour and led to superstars such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant showing up to play at the Drew League later during the lockout.

Rucker 66
In late July/early August, KD took his “from my hood to you hood” basketball tour to New York city and put on a legendary performance at the world famous Rucker Park. The 66 point performance was an instant viral sensation and had the entire sports world buzzing. He capped the performance with 4 straight 3-pointers that set the crowd at the Rucker on fire.

Baltimore Melo League Shutdown
A couple of weeks after his Rucker Park performance KD showed up at the Melo League in Baltimore and put on this spectacular performance.

Drew v. Goodman: Capital Punishment
With the Drew League in Los Angeles and the Goodman League in Washington D.C. hosting great games throughout the summer, the best players from the two leagues came together for a showdown in D.C. KD did not disappoint his home town fans, leading his Goodman League squad to victory with a spectacular 44 point, MVP performance.

KD’s Capital Punishment was also documented in 35th Hour, Episode 1

KD scores 59 against LeBron James at the Melo League v. Goodman League Showdown
After his performance at Capital Punishment, KD brought his Goodman League squad to Baltimore to take on a Melo League squad that included Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron James. Kevin held is own against the All-NBA trio, scoring 59 points while showing off his much improved handle.

KD’s performance against LeBron and co. was documented in 35th Hour, Episode 2:

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Nike Pays Tribute to Kevin Durant’s Rucker Park Performance

Heart. Hustle. Pride.

For years, all roads to legendary have gone through one court, Rucker Park. The soul of the game is found on 155th Street in Harlem, New York on the ultimate blacktop stage. What you do while on that stage creates your place in history.

Kevin Durant showed up on the iconic court and dominated, creating a memory that is now known as “Rucker 66.” It was an electrifying performance under the lights on an August night in New York, in which DC’s finest visited the mecca of basketball and left a legend.

No player’s resume is complete without a great performance at Rucker. What KD proved on his visit uptown is that whether it’s in the arena or in the cage, his game is coming with him. To commemorate KD’s performance, Nike Basketball has released a limited quantity of KD “Rucker 66″ T-Shirts at the Footlocker House of Hoops in Harlem.

Basketball never stops!

Video: Kevin Durant Scores 66 Points at Rucker Park

We’ve already seen KD put on a show at the Drew League in Los Angeles and the Goodman League in D.C. this summer. On Monday night, KD decided it was time to take his game to the mecca of streetball, and dropped 66 points at the Rucker Park’s EBC league. Here are a few highlights from KD’s performance last night.

Getting Ready For Some International Hoops

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What’s going on everyone? I’m in Madrid, where me and the rest of the U.S. team will have two exhibition games to prep for the FIBA World Championship tournament later this month. We left for Spain from Newark yesterday afternoon, so we’ve been nonstop busy for the last week.

I’m really looking forward to this whole experience. It should be a lot of fun. I’ve never been to Europe, never been to Spain, never been to Turkey or Greece. I’m looking forward to that and just being able to interact and be around some of the best players in the league. Guys like Rudy Gay, Iguodala, Rajon, Lamar…just to be with those guys and learn, it’s going to be pretty cool and it’s going to help me.

This past weekend I got a chance to take part in the World Basketball Festival. I made a trip to Harlem over the weekend and made my first visit to Rucker Park, which was amazing. It was something I’ve been looking forward to seeing for a while. Y’all know how much I love street ball, so I definitely had fun while I was up there. There was some great talent up there. The MC on the microphone was pretty good, too. The crowd gets into the game and that gets me hyped as well. Hopefully I will get to play there soon. I’ll definitely try to get up there next summer and play.

After watching games at The Rucker, I went to the House of Hoops in Harlem, which is right across the street from the Apollo Theater. I’ve been to that House of Hoops a few times though, so I knew the area a little bit. People show me a lot of love in there. We had a nice turnout at the store, something like a hundred or so fans packed in a small place. It just shows that if I continue to work and continue to grow as a player people will start to recognize who we are. I think that playoff series against the Lakers helped as well just because people got to see us more on TV. It was pretty cool. I’m blessed to be a part of something like this and I’ll continue to be grateful.

Well, I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging while overseas, so if you don’t hear much from me just follow the U.S. team throughout the tournament. We’re gonna do our best to represent!

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My Trip to the Harlem House of Hoops

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What’s up everyone? We’re back at home after a 2-0 road trip. Great to keep this winning going. While we were in NYC, I had a little event at the House of Hoops in Harlem, right on 125th Street across the street from the Apollo Theater.

Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook and James Harden came with me, so it was pretty nice to have some company.

I’ve been in a few House of Hoops before and I’ve been to the one in Harlem before to look around but this was my first time making an appearance. It was a cool time. There were a lot of kids who came out and supported us. There were a lot of people who like watching us play. It felt good because not too many people know who we are and to come up here in one of the biggest cities in the world, representing the Oklahoma City Thunder, that was awesome.

It was just a question and answer session, I signed some autographs, held a raffle for sneakers and played video games with kids. It was very exciting to do and I had fun. And just being in Harlem, which has so much basketball history in Harlem was pretty neat, too.

As a kid, you know what Rucker Park is and you know about New York basketball and you’ve seen the And-1 tapes and it’s something you wanted to be a part of and followed as a kid. So to come up here and have people know who you are, that’s something that meant a lot to us and hopefully we’ll continue to make them proud as a team and hopefully we come back and have more appearances there.

Alright y’all. That’s it for now. Any of you pick up the KD II’s yet? What do you think of them?

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