Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  47 responses

Kevin Durant on His Love for OKC

Durant tells his local paper that one of the reasons he’s fallen in love with the city, is the overall small-town vibe, which he digs. That, and the free cookies and candy: “I was watching the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson documentary the other day,’ Durant said. ‘I’m similar to Bird. I like being at home. I like staying at my mom’s house and her cooking. That’s the kind of person I am. I’m not into the big city lights and the paparazzi, that type of stuff. I just love playing basketball and chillin’ out.’ In the HBO documentary Durant referred to, Bird was comfortable in French Lick, Ind., while Johnson preferred the constant entertainment in Hollywood. ‘I can relate to both of those guys — Magic Johnson for how much he loves the game and his enthusiasm for the game and Larry Bird for how laid back and relaxed he is,’ Durant said. ‘That’s the kind of guy I am off the court. I’m good in Oklahoma City. I love it here. I like going outside and seeing the neighbors and they say, ‘Hello.’ They make me cookies and give me Skittles. There are cities you may not get that.”’

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Kevin Durant took from that movie that Larry Bird is “laid-back”?

  • Sparty’s Law

    For the first time, residents of Oklahoma City are proud to call it home. Way to go KD.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    How can you not like this guy?

  • letsmotor

    I’m starting to love KD. One of the only superstars who’s not in love with himself.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kevin Durant is awesome. And he’ll be even more awesome in a Knick jersey when his rookie contract expires.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kevin Durant is awesome. And he’ll be even more awesome in a Knick jersey when his rookie contract expires.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kevin Durant is awesome. And he’ll be even more awesome in a Knick jersey when his rookie contract expires.

  • http://fdksjlf.com Jukai

    When I think Kevin Durant, I think Larry Bird. Synonymous, really.

  • tom

    its the mustache :)

  • LA Huey

    You loved Seattle more, KD. Remember the goods time you had when you were here? =(

  • Papa Smurf

    There is simply no way anyone could not like KD. If you don’t like him, there’s something wrong with you.

  • Logues

    what kind of ppl give their neighbors skittles? i want to live by them!

  • Hussman25

    I love this kid! KD is a star w/o the baggade… Stay that way KD… But don’t let the Pu**y kill you!

  • kwame

    jus watch for them grls KD…u see what they do

  • http://twitter.com/manueii ManueII

    Kevin Durant in a Knicks jersey? Knicks fans have gone from hopeful, to straight delusional.

  • J-City

    Just a really grounded kid. I think this is overlooked sometimes when drafting players. He and D-Rose are very similar in this regard. Just look at what fame and money do to other players that are either in Europe/jail (Jayson Williams).

  • Fat Lever

    You know, I really feel for Seattle. This is their team, and they should be reaping the benefits of watching this team grow together, not OKC. There are a lot of die hards in Seattle, just like Philly, and if the NBA took away the Sixers in the same manner the team was hi-jacked from Seattle(although right now that seems like a positive), I’d never watch the NBA again.

  • The Philosopher

    Durant has always carried himself with dignity and class. And his skill level is rare. He is just as good as the best. If he isn’t, he’s very, very, close. He is a special talent, and if he doesn’t get hurt, he has potential to be a Hall of Fame player. The sky is the limit for him.

  • http://myspace.com/heislegend Bryan

    Larry Bird was a G.

  • ConeyIslander

    I’m a Knick fan and I’m not delusional, I would never wish that on him or OKC. They need KD, we need JESUS! *sobs in corner*

  • ENDS

    and paul and peter on the wing

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Haha farmer jones. I agree. If bird was sitting in a lazy boy in front of a fireplace, i wouldn’t be surprised if he was thinking of ways to improve his rotation when shooting. Laid-back like hell, lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    And teddy, you saying it three times isn’t going to make it real. This ain’t beetlejuice.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    Kevin Durant gets it.

  • Kendrick is God

    i love the thought of a little old lady in okc handing over cookies to the 6’10″ durant over a garden fence

  • letsmotor

    @ Kendrick is God: Awesome!

  • Tim Dogg

    Larry Bird is a SF.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    Fat Lever gets it.

  • Stillballin

    Too bad iverson couldn’t be like that..

  • RedRum

    This is the mentality of a champion. Just play ball.

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    I’m rooting for this kid. I hope he ends up on a better team, but either way I’m rooting for him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com B-zog

    Better team the Thunder are so young and i bet they maybe could pull a championship in 3 years

  • Michael Scorn

    These statements aren’t adding to his leverage when it comes time to negotiate a new contract. The team won’t feel compeeled to offer his as much since he acts like he doesn’t want to leave.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Better team like the Knicks?

  • davidR

    nice beetlejuice reference

  • Rob

    Congrats to KD’s mom. You did a great job! This kid is special as a player and as a person. He’s got everything to become a legend.

  • letsmotor

    I’d say if OKC wants a title in the next few years they make a go at some veterans this summer. They’re a budding team and they’ll be among the league’s elite soon, but teams this young just don’t win championships.

  • Proudly Rwandan

    Stay in OKC, keep doing your thing and good things will happen.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    As a life long Sonics fan its hard to watch K.D. and this OKC team and think about how that should be our team. But im happy for him and find his persona refreshing, just wish he was still wearing the green and gold.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    The NBA cares…unless you were a Sonics fan for twenty years.

  • dw24

    Why would he leave? They built the team for him. They add a defensive minded center and a couple vets off the bench and they’re scary good. Championship caliber. Future Dynasty.

  • letsmotor

    @dw24:couldn’t agree more with you.

  • Pierre

    KD is destined to be the mega star T-mac should of been. When he adds a couple more muscles to his frame, he’ll be killin the league. I bet you the Lakers will go after him in a couple of years. I’m not a Lakers fan but Kobe is getting old and he’ll fit nicely in a Lakers Jersey. As for the knicks fans I’m sorry to say , no self-respecting player wants to play at the garden anymore. The knicks is a retirement home or career killers. Who would want to go there. are ya serious. No that the Nets are coming to Brooklyn in 2012 and they bringing John Wall with them and Maybe Lebron too. Notice I said Lebron rigth. Bet he signs a 2 year extension with the Cavs than leaves. He and Hov got a secret deal going on son.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Why so much KD love? I like his game and see him as a top 5 player who will be in the talks as top dog in the next few seasons, but not sure why some ppl are saying he’s such a good kid etc. He said he loves OKC, his mommas cooking, he’s laid back and likes the skittles. How does that make him a good kid or so differnt than many other plalyers who have said similar things? If he leaves OKC for NYC, Chi-Town, or L.A. will he be seen differently? I’m glad he loves his moms cooking and has never been arrested or anything but I guess that’s just to be expected as the rule versus the exception (in my book). I’m not sure he’s any less in love with himself or any more/less likable than Lebron, Nash, Wade, Dirk, Melo or anybody else. Maybe because he just hasn’t had nearly the media exposure as these other guys. But hearing him say he loves OKC etc, doesn’t make me like him any more/less than I did a month ago. I just don’t get why it seems people are making a big deal about it. Wade says he loves Miami and would love to come back, Bron said the same of Cleveland – doesn’t mean they will.

  • Nc

    FatLever – OKC did not take the Sonics….Seattle gave their team away, period.

    Also, the Thunder owners were nice enough to leave the name and colors to Seattle….so that their franchise can start up again someday.

    How many owners do that? NONE….Grizzlies – moved; Jazz – moved, etc., etc. You do realize that Utah isn’t a Jazz capital, right? That would be New Orleans’ old team.


  • DubsFan

    Nc – I’m a Warrior fan but happen to be living in Seattle during the time before the Sonics were moved. It was pretty clear to everyone, regardless if you’re a Sonic fan or not, that the Sonics was stolen. The owner (Clay Bennett) first gutted the team, then gave the city demands that were ridiculous, and then kept changing his demands. He never entertained any of the options the city was presenting for a new arena, and there were also emails leaked between the owners that their plan all along was to move the Sonics to OKC. The city didn’t give the Sonics away. It was a straight up ‘stick em up’ move by the owner from OKC. He and the other owners from OKC bought the team with no intention at all to keep the team in Seattle. Unfortunately, he was good friends with David Stern so he basically was able to do whatever he wanted. I feel very bad for the die-hard Sonics fans (including some of my friends). I’d be just as p*ssed if some new owner came and stole the Warriors out of the Bay Area too.

  • http://www.lowaprcredit.com SeahawksBMX

    Thanks, Dubs. You get it.