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Kevin Durant Thinks Exhibition Games are Starting to Get Played Out

Kevin DurantKevin Durant has been one of the stars of the offseason, building his brand and increasing his fan appeal by playing in exhibition games all over the country. The Thunder star lit up Rucker Park in August, played against LeBron and Melo in Baltimore, and beat the Drew League in the Capital Punishment game. A rematch of the Goodman League-Drew League game is scheduled for October 9th in LA, and Drew League representative Brandon Jennings reached out to Durant to make sure he would be there.

“Hope you ready for that rematch on the 9th in LA. Welcome to the Westside,” Jennings wrote to Durant on Twitter.

“Yeah I am,” Durant replied, “But on da real..all these game are starting to get played out. But I’m ready for the rematch.”

The tweet from Durant may not seem like much, but there are some important takeaways. Durant has been one of the most active players during the summer and thinks the exhibitions are getting old. That’s not a good sign for the players. NBA training camps have been canceled, as have some preseason games. This would be the time players are gearing up for the season to begin. Just a simple tweet like that makes it pretty clear that some players are eager to get back to meaningful games. They better not let the owners know that, because they don’t want anything hurting their position in negotiations.

Chest bump to I am a GM for the tip

Kevin Durant Admits to Butting Heads with Russell Westbrook, but All is Good

Oklahoma City was one of the most scrutinized teams in the NBA playoffs last season. Specifically, the relationship between All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook was examined at length.

Westbrook was criticizing for taking too many shots and not deferring to Durant enough (Durant defended Westbrook’s shot selection). Some people described the Durant-Westbrook relationship as one similar to the Kevin Garnett-Stephon Marbury relationship from the early-’90s Timberwolves — one that resulted in Marbury requesting a trade. What many outsiders who did not watch the Thunder play all season did not realize is that Westbrook is a score-first point guard who plays that way every game — and it generally works.

Kevin Durant knows that, and although he concedes that the players have had some competitive friction, he fully supports his point guard.

“We butt heads just like any other players because we are both competitive, we both want to go at it, we both have ideas,” Durant said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “That’s going to happen. But I support him 100 percent. Of course, I hated when people were saying the stuff they were saying, and he hated it as well. I didn’t want it to get to his head. I hate when people try to creep into the group and try to break things up.

“I enjoy playing with Russell so much. I hope he understands that, and I’m sure he does. I’m looking forward to next season already. The last thing I’ve been worrying about is what people say about Russ, and I’m sure that’s the last thing he’s worrying about as well.”

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Why is Kevin Durant Rocking a Bulls Hat?

Does anyone else find this to be more than a little strange?  Like our friends over at CBSSports.com’s Eye on Basketball blog mentioned, there’s no need to get into an uproar over Kevin Durant wearing a Chicago Bulls hat.  He’s not leaving the Thunder to play for the Bulls because that’s not possible at this juncture.  He isn’t lashing out at the front office or trying to make a statement.  We know all that, but that doesn’t make it any less confusing.

Maybe Durant is basketball’s version of Tom Brady and likes to rock different hats depending on his mood — even if it means pissing off the hometown fans.  Or perhaps the hat has something to do with K.D.’s upcoming movie role.  At least when he got the Maryland back tattoo it made sense since Durant grew up in that area.  The Bulls hat is just puzzling.

Kevin Durant Gets New Maryland Back Tattoo (Pictures)

Who knew Kevin Durant was such a huge tattoo guy?  A little more than a month ago you would swear K.D. had no ink anywhere on his body, since it is all hidden by his jersey.  As we recently discovered, Durant is at no shortage of tats like many of his peers across the NBA.  He got some new ink over the weekend and it looks to be just as elaborate.  Check out Kevin Durant’s Maryland back tattoo, courtesy of Funny Athlete Tweets:

It’s certainly large, but not nearly as bad as these back tattoos.  As you may know K.D. is from the Maryland/D.C. area, so there’s no need for Texas fans to get their longhorns in a bunch.  When he gets traded to New York and everyone starts raving about how he is coming home like Carmelo Anthony, the ridiculing can begin.

Video Highlights from Melo League vs. Goodman League Exhibition Game

Several NBA stars got together Tuesday night in Baltimore for a Melo League vs. Goodman League exhibition game at Morgan State University. As we told you on Saturday, Kevin Durant headlined the Goodman League team while LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul all starred for the Melo League squad. The Melo All-Stars won 149-141, getting 38 from LeBron and 36 from Carmelo. Kevin Durant lit it up for 59 points in a losing cause, representing the Washington D.C.-based team.

Here are some video highlights from the event shared by Ben Golliver at CBS Sports:

As you could tell, there wasn’t much defense being played (what gave that away, the 290 combined points scored?). Fans reportedly paid as much as $100 for tickets, so there’s little doubt they were excited to see offensive highlights. One fan even took video and got a little too excited about a Kevin Durant three pointer over LeBron. Check out the video:

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LeBron James to Join Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant in Baltimore Exhibition

While players like Kevin Durant, Brandon Jennings, and Kobe Bryant have been active playing in summer leagues the last several weeks, LeBron James has been quiet. He did go on tour in Asia (and got embarrassed by a Taiwanese player), but until now we haven’t heard much about him playing in rec leagues. The Washington Post says LeBron will play for Carmelo Anthony’s team in a Melo League vs. Goodman League all-star exhibition Tuesday.

LeBron, Melo, and Chris Paul will highlight the Melo League team while Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Jennings will represent the Goodman League team. Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls says he plans to bring Ater Majok and Arinze Onuaku as well. Donte Greene, Gary Neal, Josh Selby, Eric Bledsoe have also committed to the Melo League team.

The game was initially scheduled to take place Sunday but was postponed until Tuesday because of Hurricane Irene. They still need to decide on a venue, but it should be a fun game. Oh yeah, and feel free to resume the “Chris Paul to the Knicks” talk. It seems like the two flirt with each other every summer.

Kevin Durant Set to Star in Basketball Movie

Players are making good use of their time during the NBA lockout. Nate Robinson talked about trying to play football, Anthony Randolph returned to LSU and might join a frat, several former Bruins are returning to class at UCLA, and Delonte West might submit a job application to Home Depot. But the athlete whose offseason activities may gain the most notoriety is Kevin Durant.

The Thunder star reportedly is finalizing a deal to star in a Warner Bros. movie that has a basketball subplot. According to The Oklahoman, the movie is set to go into production mid-September. The filming location has been narrowed to Oklahoma City and Baton Rouge, Louisiana according to the report.

In a typical NBA season, Durant would not be able to star in a movie because it would conflict with the beginning of basketball training camp. However, with the NBA lockout, little progress is likely to be made in the next few months giving him time to pursue his acting dreams. It may sound odd that Durant would be starring in his movie given that he’s a basketball player, not an actor, but he would not be the first hoops star to hold a feature role in a motion picture. Recall Michael Jordan was a lead in Space Jam, and Ray Allen starred in He Got Game. We’ll also do everyone a favor and leave Shaq and his silver screen aspirations out of this discussion.