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March 25, 2007 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For someone who hasn't yet declared for the NBA draft and has more than a month to do so, Kevin Durant is finding himself making news these days - and not even as a result of anything he's been saying or doing. NBA commissioner David Stern has levied $60,000 worth of fines this month to Boston, Charlotte and Golden State over officials' either sitting next to Durant's mother (Celtics' Danny Ainge, executive director of basketball operations) or talking about Durant (Bobcats managing director Michael Jordan and Warriors head coach Don Nelson)
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June 17, 2012 | Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant had the ball in his hands and LeBron James in his face. With 10 seconds left in Game 2, the NBA Finals were providing all the theater anyone could ask. Two superstars going head-to-head, the Miami Heat trying to hold off another stirring rally by the Oklahoma City Thunder, television ratings reaching levels last seen when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal played for the Lakers. James forced Durant to miss that tying attempt - perhaps getting away with a foul - and the Heat held on for a 100-96 victory Thursday night that evened the series at one game each.
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January 27, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thaddeus Young was asked about the type of season Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Kevin Durant is having. Young went straight for the letter P. "Phenomenal," the 76ers power forward said. "Unbelievable. I've been knowing Kevin since we were like in the 10th grade. Just to see like he's elevated his game. He's well on his way to possibly being one of the greats. " As it turns out, Young and his teammates may not get an up-close glimpse of Durant when the Sixers host Oklahoma City on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.
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August 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - One more for the gold, and seemingly nothing that can prevent it. This U.S. men's Olympic basketball team might not slow down until it's standing at the center of the medals platform again. Kevin Durant scored 19 points, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony added 18 apiece, and the U.S. team powered its way back to the gold-medal game by beating Argentina, 109-83, on Friday night. "Anything less than this would have been unsatisfying for us," Anthony said. "We believe that we could get here, and we're here now. We got one game left.
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March 31, 2010 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As quick as lightning, the Oklahoma City Thunder returned the 76ers to reality. The Thunder dismissed the Sixers, 111-93, last night at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers entered the game with back-to-back victories, both over playoff-bound teams. This glimmer of improved play was dashed as emphatically as Kevin Durant's baseline jam in the third quarter: In the final minutes of the game, Oklahoma City's lead reached 25 points. The Thunder, led by Durant's 26 points and 10 rebounds, improved to 45-28.
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May 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE OKLAHOMAN newspaper got some flak for describing Thunder star Kevin Durant as "Mr. Unreliable" in a headline yesterday. Not from the five-time All-Star, but from his mother, Wanda Pratt. Pratt, who tweets as @MamaDurant, wrote "Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!" The Oklahoman responded by apologizing. "We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma," sports editor Mike Sherman said in a statement.
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June 14, 2012
LeBron James versus Kevin Durant. It is the story of these NBA Finals. Except to the guys who share the top billing. One of them will emerge with his first championship and probably the title of best player in the game. It could be James, the three-time MVP. Or it might be Durant, the league's scoring champion the last three seasons. All they know is whoever it is won't have done it alone. "Everybody is going to make the most out of the matchup of me versus LeBron, but it's the Thunder versus the Heat," Durant said Monday.
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March 20, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Carter-Williams may have the perfect mentor in Kevin Durant. Like the 76ers rookie, Oklahoma City's all-star forward spent his first NBA season on a team in tank mode. The Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics before they relocated to Oklahoma in 2008. The team reshuffled the roster heading into its final season in Seattle. The Sonics selected Durant out of Texas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft. The Sonics finished with the second-worst record (20-62)
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July 6, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It turned out the Sixers came up a mere 63 wins short of landing Kevin Durant when the NBA's free agency period began over the weekend. That was the regular-season difference between the Sixers and the Golden State Warriors, the NBA Finals runner-up which has reportedly lured Durant with a two-year, $54.3 million contract. The free agency windows are open, and there is money flying through, but contracts can't become official until the league year begins Thursday. That is also the date when the terms of the NBA's most recent TV deals take effect, and teams will be so awash in cash that many crazy things will take place.
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July 6, 2016
NOW YOU can hate them. Unequivocally, unabashedly, unrelentingly. Call Draymond Green a punk, call Steph Curry a baby and Klay Thompson a freak. If you like. Hate the Golden State Warriors as if they won that Game 7 of the NBA Finals, as if they had won in five games as we all expected when they took that three games-to-one lead over the Cavaliers. That they didn't is one reason Kevin Durant is now a Warrior. He agreed to a two-year, $54.3 million deal Monday, his personal independence day - a deal that was less about titles or money and much more about legacy.
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March 20, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
BILLY DONOVAN put in 21 years of coaching at the college ranks, two with Marshall, the rest at the University of Florida, where he won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Still only 50, he decided to leave the SEC to head the Oklahoma City Thunder for a challenge that is probably a little bit bigger, more lucrative but certainly not as stable, even though he took over a team that includes two of the best players in the game in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
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March 20, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Resting Serge Ibaka wasn't nearly enough. The Oklahoma City Thunder would have had to sit Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as well to make it a fair fight. Westbrook posted a triple-double and Durant had a double-double Friday night as the Thunder turned a mismatch on paper into just that on the Wells Fargo Center court, defeating the 76ers, 111-97. "It's as much as a disposition to me as it is a skill package," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the duo. "There is a competitive anger that you see in their faces, a determination and a will that you can't put any stat on. And that sort of feeling and that sort of competitiveness trickles down to all of them.
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December 8, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE WINNING streak is over, but the positives that came out of last night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder might have outnumbered the ones taken from the team's only win of the season on Wednesday in Minnesota. No, Oklahoma City wasn't at its elite level, as Kevin Durant was playing only his second game of the season after suffering a broken foot, and Russell Westbrook only his fifth because of a busted hand. And sure, the Sixers still suffered a 12-point setback, 103-91. But they took what OKC dealt and just kept fighting, sticking around like an annoying fly in the summer.
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May 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE OKLAHOMAN newspaper got some flak for describing Thunder star Kevin Durant as "Mr. Unreliable" in a headline yesterday. Not from the five-time All-Star, but from his mother, Wanda Pratt. Pratt, who tweets as @MamaDurant, wrote "Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!" The Oklahoman responded by apologizing. "We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma," sports editor Mike Sherman said in a statement.
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April 11, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Now that the 76ers' season is winding down, with only four more games remaining, plans for the future need to be made. Players will head home for some much-needed rest and, according to coach Brett Brown, so will he and his coaching staff. "Everybody has got to take a deep breath and go with their families and relax," said Brown, himself planning to go and coach his son's team in San Antonio at season's end. "I'm just so grateful for the work that my assistants have put in. We've all tried to maintain a positive outlook on what we knew would happen this year.
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March 20, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Carter-Williams may have the perfect mentor in Kevin Durant. Like the 76ers rookie, Oklahoma City's all-star forward spent his first NBA season on a team in tank mode. The Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics before they relocated to Oklahoma in 2008. The team reshuffled the roster heading into its final season in Seattle. The Sonics selected Durant out of Texas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft. The Sonics finished with the second-worst record (20-62)
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March 20, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
AT LEAST MCW knows he has KD in his corner. Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, the top scorer in the NBA, recently has called Michael Carter-Williams several times as MCW endures a humiliating rookie season on a team constructed to lose. Durant lost 62 of 82 games as the NBA Rookie of the Year in Seattle, and the team improved by only three wins when it moved from fashionable Seattle to, um, less-fashionable Oklahoma City the next season. Carter-Williams and the Sixers could be just as bad, or worse, despite MCW's probable hold on this season's Rookie of the Year award.
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March 6, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY - The spotlight was on Kevin Durant. It had to do with his friendly rivalry with LeBron James, and his Oklahoma City Thunder squad hosting the struggling 76ers. Folks wanted to know if the 6-foot-9 swingman would try to top the 61-point performance that James produced Monday night. Luckily for the Sixers, he didn't try to. But in the end, it didn't matter. Durant scored 42 points as the Thunder rolled to a 125-92 victory Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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