Kevin Durant SLAM Punks Flashback

SLAM Magazine recently took a look back at some of their Punks features on NBA stars during their high school days. Here’s a look at KD’s.

Kevin Durant probably wouldn’t mind hollering at Nike or Rocawear one day about becoming a pitchman, but as of right now, the only companies the 6-9 sensation screams praises for are Skippy and Smuckers. “I eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” says the player who’s currently sandwiched between Greg Oden and our own Thaddeus Young in the top three spots of the 2006 prospect rankings. “I eat that every day. That’s my favorite. I put a lot of peanut butter on them!”

So, the secret’s out: Fill up on the lunchtime staple and your basketball skills go through the roof. It probably helps that Durant’s as long as the release-day line for Madden ’06 and he has the versatility of a Hummer H3. Still, PB&J has its place. “One of the things our strength coach recommends,” says Stu Vetter, head coach at Durant’s new hoops home, Montrose Christian Academy, “is that when Kevin is finished lifting, he eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because that helps you gain weight and strength. He’s going to get a lot of peanut butter and jelly at Montrose.” Atkins, eat your heart out.

Another thing the 17-year-old Maryland-bred phenom had best learn to digest is all the media attention coming his way. Durant, who starred first at MD’s National Christian and then at Oak Hill (VA) Academy the past three years, has landed at yet another national prep powerhouse for his high-profile senior season. “We’re used to high expectations,” insists Coach Vetter, who’s had a team ranked every year that the USA Today poll has come out and is loaded again this season. “Kevin will simply blend in with these players. We have another three or four D1 players that I didn’t even mention.”

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Kevin Durant on the Covers of SLAM and Bounce Magazines

Check out KD on the covers of SLAM and Bounce Magazines for August 2010. The covers are to promote and commemorate the World Basketball Festival and the FIBA World Basketball Championships. For more info on the SLAM cover check out this post on SLAM Online.

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

Kevin Durant on the Cover of SLAM Magazine’s How-To Issue

134kd_0210-360x500Check out Kevin on the cover of this month’s SLAM Magazine. Kevin is on one of 4 available covers for SLAM’s “How-To” Issue. In the issue, SLAM asks the best players in the world to give tips on how readers can become great basketball players.

Kevin’s How-To section? Scoring, of course. With KD’s current 27 ppg scoring average, it’s easy to understand why they would come to KD for that section of the issue.

For more info, check out what SLAM Executive Editor Lang Whitaker had to say about the issue.

 

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