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Kevin Durant thinking about going to Wizards?

Kevin DurantKevin Durant is a long way from home with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The reigning NBA MVP grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., where he was a kid rooting for the Washington Bullets and Wizards.

Has Durant ever considered playing for his hometown team?

After a training session with USA Basketball on Tuesday, Durant gushed about LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland to try to help the Cavaliers win their first championship.

“He thought about the city where he comes from, about Northeast Ohio and how he can affect so many of the kids just being there playing basketball. I love that,” Durant said. “So many guys get criticized for making the decision that’s best for them, instead of what’s best for everybody else. He’s a guy that did that. You gotta respect that. I applauded him, I texted him and told him congratulations on the decision and told him I was happy for him. As a fan of the game, it’s going to be pretty cool to see him back in Cleveland.”

While Durant said he is completely committed to the Thunder and reminded reporters that he has two years remaining on his contract, he stopped short of ruling out a return to D.C.

“Look, we going to put it out on tape,” Durant said. “It’s been talked about. Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City, [and] I love it here. Who knows what will happen? I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now, so I can’t answer that question.”

The major difference between LeBron and Durant is that LeBron won two championships before returning to Cleveland. If Durant still doesn’t have a ring when his contract with the Thunder is up in two years, he’ll probably sign with the team that gives him the best chance to win a title.

Kevin Durant says his favorite non-basketball athlete is Mike Trout

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Kevin Durant held a Q&A session with some of his Twitter followers early Tuesday morning, and there were plenty of entertaining interactions. One of the more interesting facts we learned about K.D. came when he was asked who his favorite non-basketball athlete is.

Considering Durant could have said anyone in any sport, that must be pretty cool for Mike Trout. The Los Angeles Angels star is only 22 and already one of the best basketball players in the world — who happens to be three years older than him — has categorized Trout as his “favorite” player.

We also thought the way Durant avoided a question about his celebrity crush was pretty hilarious.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star is clearly very familiar with the way social media works.

Knicks reportedly think Derek Fisher could help them get Kevin Durant

Kevin DurantTeams are dreaming big about the possibility of landing free agents. You have the Lakers who reportedly are delaying their coaching search because they have aspirations of getting someone like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. You have the Miami Heat who are talking about landing ‘Melo (which actually seems like a realistic possibility). You have Phil Jackson trying to convince ‘Melo to stick with the Knicks so they can build around him.

But this may be the most laughable scenario of all.

In a story about ‘Melo’s potential free agency, ESPN’s Marc Stein throws in one amusing nugget:

The Knicks, sources say, expect to be a contender for Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant when he is projected to become a free agent in July 2016 and believe their chances will be enhanced by the presence of Fisher, one of Durant’s favorite teammates with the Thunder.

OK, maybe I shouldn’t laugh about this. The NBA will look a lot different in two years, so a lot can happen between now and then. But who among us actually believes the Knicks are going to be good and an appealing option for Durant? Maybe having Fisher will get them an extra look, but I just cannot envision Durant going to the Knicks. No way. And while we’re at it, I’d be pretty surprised if Fisher were still the Knicks’ coach after two seasons.

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Kevin Durant: The Game is lying about $20k bet (Video)

Kevin Durant says The Game is lying about him losing a $20,000 bet over a basketball shot the rapper made over the weekend.

Kevin Durant ThunderThe Game posted a video on Instagram showing him swishing an NBA-distance 3-pointer on a tennis court. In his caption for the picture, The Game said that he won a bet with Durant by making the shot and that KD now has to donate $20,000 to the rapper’s AAU team, Frogg All-Stars. The other term of the bet is that KD has to play on The Game’s Drew League basketball team, La Familia. The Drew League is a legendary Los Angeles pro-am league where several notable current and former players ball.

But the Slim Reaper says that’s all B.S.

TMZ caught up with Durant after a recent workout he had and the Oklahoma City Thunder baller denied that he lost a wager to The Game, even saying that The Game was lying.

Of course, whoever recorded that video for TMZ couldn’t have had more inconsiderate timing, as they caught Durant when he was out of breath and totally gassed. Can’t you at least let the guy recover before you hound him?

Russell Westbrook tells Kevin Durant to ‘wake up’ during Game 2 (Video)

The Oklahoma City Thunder minus Serge Ibaka have been no match for the San Antonio Spurs through two games of the Western Conference finals. That has been evident.

During the middle of the team’s blowout loss in Game 2 on Wednesday, Russell Westbrook did his best to try getting MVP Kevin Durant going.

Russell Westbrook Kevin Durant wake upRuss was seen pointing to his head and repeatedly telling the Slim Reaper to “wake up.” Durant was 6-of-16 for 15 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 29 minutes. It was hardly the type of performance that made him MVP. Westbrook put up even more of a stinker, going 7-of-24 from the field.

Westbrook talked after the game about all the points in the paint the Thunder allowed and admitted they missed Ibaka. According to ESPN’s stats, the Spurs have scored 120 points in the paint — 51 percent of all their points — while shooting 67 percent in the paint.

We don’t post this to show in an effort to show that Westbrook and Durant aren’t getting along, but to show how frustrated things are for them. It’s obvious they’re not the same without Serge.

San Antonio won 112-77 two days after winning 122-105 in Game 1. Maybe things will get better for OKC at home, but things aren’t looking too good for them right now.

Video via @cjzero

Kevin Durant got a technical foul for doing this (GIF)

Kevin-Durant-technicalKevin Durant was called for a pretty crucial technical foul during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Durant was called for a blocking foul against Danny Green early in the fourth quarter, and he was clearly upset with the call. He reacted by punching the air in disgust and was T’ed up.

Was that enough for a technical? It didn’t look like Durant said anything other than “damn,” and you can understand the frustration. The Thunder were trailing by seven at the time and the foul helped San Antonio slowly pull away.

There are two ways of looking at it. On one hand, Durant has to know to keep his composure in such a big game. On the other, do officials really need to be calling those types of technicals in the fourth quarter of a playoff game? I suppose it’s a matter of personal opinion.

GIF via @cjzero

Kevin Durant gave his shoes to Bubba Watson (Video)

Kevin-Durant-Bubba-Watson-shoesAfter scoring 39 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a Game 6 series-clinching win over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night, Kevin Durant decided to take his shoes off and give them to an admiring fan. Some of you may have recognized that fan as two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.

According to Jeff Rude of Golfweek, Watson has recently become friends with Durant and LeBron James. The relationships began over Twitter and have since progressed to text messaging, which in 2014 is pretty serious business.

“Obviously that’s a big deal for me,” Watson told Rude.

Watson said he began messaging with Durant after the infamous “Mr. Unreliable” headline was printed by The Oklahoman. Durant has since gone ballistic and has carried the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals.

“I sent some messages back to Kevin Durant, when that article came out, or the headline came out, which was one of the dumbest headlines I’ve ever seen,” Watson told Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel earlier this month. “I guess it worked, because it inspired him a little bit, or maybe it’s my text message that inspired him. We’ll go with that.”

Bubba obviously inspired Durant enough that Durant wanted to give him his sneakers, which is all that really matters.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie