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Kevin Durant says he plays as LeBron James in NBA 2K15

lebron-james-kevin-durantKevin Durant is one of the best basketball players in the world and also a basketball video game enthusiast. You figure he’d use himself and the Oklahoma City Thunder when he plays basketball video games, but he says that’s not the case.

During an interview with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, Durant said he wouldn’t play as himself in NBA 2K15 because that would be too arrogant. Then he said he would play the game with anyone, but when pressed, he admitted he plays as LeBron James.

The bit seemed a little scripted, but it was nonetheless humorous. And despite being rivals who are competing against each other for NBA championships, LeBron and Durant actually have a good relationship, though Durant has said he was tired of finishing behind LeBron in things.

Derek Fisher hires ‘Kevin Durant’s guy’ Brian Keefe as Knicks assistant

Kevin DurantIf the New York Knicks are looking to make a run at Kevin Durant if and when he becomes a free agent in 2016, they may have taken a step in the right direction with one of their recent hires. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Durant is “very close” with new Knicks assistant coach Brian Keefe.

Keefe, who was hired this week, spent the past seven seasons with the Oklahoma City — five as an assistant coach and two as a developmental coach.

“He’s Durant’s guy,” a league source told Berman.

Durant mentioned last season how Keefe called him out on his body language and attitude, so he obviously has a great deal of respect for the coach. KD also has a close relationship with Fisher, whom he played alongside with the Thunder. Durant was vocal in backing Fisher as a candidate for the Knicks head coaching job and reportedly helped sell Carmelo Anthony on playing for him.

It’s quite possible the Thunder will sign Durant to an extension before he hits free agency, but the stars are certainly aligned for the Knicks to be a top contender for KD’s services should he become a free agent.

Kevin Durant offered over $265 million deal by Under Armour

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Under Armour has just given a huge wake-up call to Nike.

The Maryland-based sports equipment and apparel company has offered Kevin Durant a 10-year deal worth between $265-285 million, according to an ESPN report. The deal includes stock offers and other incentives for Durant.

Nike has the option to match the offer from Under Armour. If they choose to do so, Durant would be contractually obligated to stay with them.

Durant visited the UA headquarters last week and ended up staying there the entire day despite only planning to remain for a few hours. ESPN described UA’s pitch to Durant as impressive. They say he even worked out in their basketball shoes.

Only a tiny portion of UA’s annual revenue comes from basketball-related products, so this would be a huge way for them to grow in the market. They already made a big move last year by signing Steph Curry away from Nike and are looking to steal another one of the swoosh’s top athletes.

A big part of their sales pitch will be tying together theirs and Durant’s DC/Maryland-area roots. UA’s headquarters are less than 40 miles from where Durant grew up.

Durant wanted to sign with Nike so badly coming out of college that he turned down an offer from adidas for 33 percent more money — $20 million in all. Will he be as generous this time around? We will soon find out, but one thing is for certain — his new representation at Roc Nation Sports has him shopping for the best deal.