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Kevin Durant announces he will be conceding scoring title to Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony has officially wrapped up the 2012-2013 NBA scoring title, as Kevin Durant has announced he will not be suiting up for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. KD made the announcement with a message on his Instagram account Wednesday morning.

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Kevin-Durant-Carmelo-Anthony-All-StarThe end of the NBA season can be boring for most teams who already have their playoff spot cemented, so it’s no surprise the Thunder have decided to rest Durant for the playoffs. With only one game remaining, Oklahoma City has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Risking an injury to their best player for the sake of personal accolades would not be a wise decision.

Oh yeah, and there’s one thing Durant did not mention in his brief Instagram announcement. He would have had to score 70 points against the Bucks to surpass Anthony, who has been on fire since he returned from injury last month. While the Thunder could have constantly fed Durant the ball and let him chase the scoring title since the outcome of the game doesn’t matter, very few coaches would allow their team to do that. Durant said over a week ago that Anthony could have the scoring title. I guess he meant it.

Kevin Durant visited the Giants, hung out with Tim Lincecum (Picture)

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Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the San Francisco area this week as they set to take on the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. On Wednesday, Durant decided to drop by and hang out with Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants.

So what’s the big takeaway from this photo? If you thought Lincecum looked like a little kid now that he is sporting a new haircut and ditched his long locks, you must love seeing him with his boys regular haircut next to KD. I know I do.

Photo via Instagram/Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant: Russell Westbrook is a diva, I call him Sasha Fierce

Kevin-Durant-Russell-Westbrook-ThunderOklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have had some minor problems with one another in the past, but they seem to have worked through all that and developed a very functional relationship. They have certainly been connecting on the court, but their friendship off the court seems to be strengthening as well.

Later this month, ESPN The Magazine will be running a feature on Westbrook that focuses on his fashion sense. According to Durant, that sense of fashion has led to a new nickname for Westbrook.

“Oh, he’s a diva,” Durant told ESPN the Magazine. “I call him Sasha Fierce. On the court, he’s a fierce competitor. Off the court, he’s chilling in front of the mirror, making sure he got the right lip balm on.”

If you are unfamiliar with Westbrook’s quirky sense of fashion, we have a couple of perfect examples for you here and here. The 24-year-old wears some of the whackiest crap we have ever seen to press conferences. Whether it’s picking out a ridiculous shirt or wearing some fake hipster glasses, it’s no secret that Westbrook puts a lot of thought into how he looks when he leaves home. And he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it.

“He don’t care what people say when he plays or when he dresses up,” Thabo Sefolosha said.

Nick Collison added that it is that type of confidence from Westbrook that makes him such an effective player.

“He does what he likes to do,” Collison said. “He knows what he is and he doesn’t care what other people want him to be. That’s how he plays and that’s how he carries himself.”

Durant isn’t the first teammate of Westbrook’s to call him a diva and he probably won’t be the last, but Thunder fans should keep their fingers crossed that their star point guard never loses that confidence. If Westbrook weren’t Sasha Fierce off the court, he might not be leading one of the best offenses in the NBA on it.

Below is a video from Levi’s of Westbrook talking about his fashion:

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Kevin Durant on NBA scoring title: Carmelo Anthony can have it

Kevin-Durant-Carmelo-Anthony-All-StarThe Oklahoma City Thunder are fighting for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Kevin Durant is currently leading the NBA in scoring, but his top priority is getting back to the NBA Finals and erasing the feeling of falling a few games short of an NBA championship. Carmelo Anthony is hot on his heels for the scoring crown, but Durant doesn’t seem concerned about it.

“He can have it,” Durant told Jeff Caplan of NBA.com on Thursday. “I mean the stuff he’s doing right now, every time he touches the ball it looks like it’s going to go in. He’s having a nice run right now and his confidence is high. I’m sure he’s going to take over. If it happens, cool.”

Durant is averaging 28.3 points per game and Anthony is averaging 28.1 and closing the gap. Melo put up 50 points against the Miami Heat on Tuesday and 40 against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, so it’s safe to say he’s riding a hot hand. With eight games remaining and only a 0.2-point differential, there is certainly plenty of time for Anthony to pass Durant.

Winning the scoring title this season would be no small feat for Durant, who has won it the past three seasons. Only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain have captured more than three consecutive scoring titles, so he would be joining legendary company. Having said that, I’m sure he’d much rather have something else in common with Wilt and MJ — a championship ring.

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Kevin Durant tackles Thunder fan who made $20,000 half-court shot (Video)

Kevin-Durant-tackles-fanEarlier in their careers, it would probably be a bad thing if we told you that Kevin Durant had pulled a LeBron James. LeBron has been working to improve upon his public image over the past year or two and has been doing a tremendous job of it. On Saturday, Durant took a page out of LeBron’s book when he tackled a fan who drained a $20,000 half-court shot.

“I’ve seen the LeBron footage many times and I was watching the game that night when it all popped up,” the fan said after hitting the shot. “I was telling the guys in the back and I told my girlfriend, ‘Hey, I want Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant to tackle me.’ So as soon as I hit it I went to find my girlfriend, then I went to find Kevin Durant and we made eye contact and I was like, ‘Kevin, come at me!’ He came right at me and was totally game for it. It couldn’t have worked out any better.”

LeBron gets more props than Durant here since it was spontaneous and genuine when he tackled the fan, although Durant certainly looked happy for the young man. If we told you two years ago that LeBron would be starting a fantastic trend like this, you would have never believed us. I guess that’s one of the many things winning a championship does for a player.

Kevin Durant makes impossible reverse layup look easy (Video)

Do you know what Kevin Durant does? He makes the impossible possible.

The Thunder forward made this unreal reverse layup during the first quarter of Oklahoma City’s game at the Denver Nuggets Friday. After getting past Wilson Chandler, Durant went up for the layup but realized JaVale McGee was waiting to greet him with a block. KD improvised by pulling down the ball, faking out McGee, and throwing in a sick reverse layup off the glass.

Simply sublime. That may have been Durant’s top play of the season, which is impressive considering he had this highlight in December.

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Kevin Durant wears ‘shoot til my arm falls off’ T-shirt (Picture)

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Kevin Durant shared a picture on his Instagram account Saturday of himself wearing a T-shirt that says “Shoot Til My Arm Falls Off.” Initially, I thought Durant had stolen the shirt from Kobe Bryant’s closet, but then I realized it’s a take on a motto KD shared last year during the NBA Finals.

According to Eye on Basketball, Durant had big fourth quarters in Games 1 and 2 of the finals, but only took five shots in the final period of a Game 3 loss to Miami. That prompted Durant to say he would get back to dominating late in games and “shoot til my arm falls off.”

Even though this shirt is pretty solid, it’s nothing compared to this one, which is our favorite shirt Kevin Durant has ever worn.

Photo credit: Instagram/Kevin Durant