Durant vows to be second to none

Posted: April 25, 2013

OKLAHOMA THUNDER star Kevin Durant is talking a little playoff smack.

Durant and the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in five games in last season's NBA Finals, and finishing second didn't sit well with him.

"I've been second my whole life," Durant told Sports Illustrated. "I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I've been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the Finals. I'm tired of being second. I'm not going to settle for that. I'm done with it."

Durant was asked if he would go easy on his friend, Heat star LeBron James, if they met in the Finals again his year.

"I'm not taking it easy on [James]," Durant said. "Don't you know I'm trying to destroy the guy every time I go on the court?"

In the regular season, the Thunder is 30-20 against the Heat overall. But in the playoffs, where it counts most, the Heat is 4-1.

Shockey shocking

You never know what you're going to find on Twitter.

On Tuesday, former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey decided to share this little tidbit with the world: "Sex is the best high. It's better than any drug. I want to die making love because it feels so good."

Shockey, who played the first six of his 10 NFL seasons with the Giants, was an unrestricted free agent last season but was not signed.

If his tweet is any indication, football seems to be the last thing on his mind.

An NFL first?

Former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau will become the first openly gay NFL player if he signs with a team this season.

Gendreau, who didn't reveal he was gay while in college, went undrafted in 2012. But he's got talent - at Middle Tennessee, he became the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leading scorer.

"I'm a kicker that happens to be gay," Gendreau told John Branch of the New York Times. "It's a part of who I am, and not everything I am. I just want to be known as a normal kicker."

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