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35 Kevin Durant SF
Height/Weight: 6-9/240 | Birthdate: 9/29/1988 | Birthplace: Washington, DC | Team: Oklahoma City Thunder | College: Texas | NBA Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 88/19 | Average Draft Position: 6.41
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Thunder's Durant supports decision to fire Brooks '100 percent'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant said in a statement Wednesday that he supports the team's decision to fire coach Scott Brooks "100 percent," The Oklahoman reports.

"Today was tough for me," Durant said. "While I support our team's decision 100 percent and look forward to the upcoming season and the future in OKC, Scotty was my coach and a friend for the past seven seasons. We accomplished a lot together, and those times will never be taken away from us. I grew as both a man and a ball player under his guidance and for that I will be forever grateful. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family, who have also been such a big part of this city and organization. I know he will be very successful in wherever his next steps in life are."

The Thunder finished the season 45-37 but missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons and the first time with Brooks as coach of the team for a full season. Durant was limited to 27 games while dealing with ongoing foot issues.


Thunder's Durant, Westbrook offer support for Scott Brooks


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) With the Thunder reportedly contemplating whether to bring back coach Scott Brooks next season, forward Kevin Durant said Brooks does not deserve blame for the team missing the playoffs for the first since 2008-09, reports The Oklahoman.

"He rallied us, made sure we were all emotionally stable," Durant said.

Guard Russell Westbrook agreed with Durant that Brooks did the best job possible.

"As a coach and as a friend, I think he does a great job," Westbrook said.

Durant added that he was disappointed he wasn't able to finish the season to help the team due to his foot injury.

"I'm definitely pissed," he said. "I can't wait for the first game [next season]."


Thunder F Kevin Durant expected to make full recovery from foot surgery


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant is recovering from bone graft surgery on his foot, but he is expected to make a full recovery, according to ESPN's Stephania Bell, a certified clinical specialist and strength and conditioning specialist.

Durant missed the first seven weeks of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. Durant returned and played in 27 games, but complications began to arise and he was forced to undergo bone graft surgery, which ended his season.

Despite the lingering foot issue, Bell said Durant should not only return to the dominant player he was before sustaining the injury, but he will be back in time for next season.

"Despite the failure of his foot to cooperate with the initial plan following his original injury, medical evidence suggests that Durant's chances for a successful return next season are very high," Bell said.


Thunder F Kevin Durant underwent bone graft surgery Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant had bone graft surgery Tuesday to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, the team announced.

Durant will be sidelined for the rest of the season and is expected to resume basketball activities in four to six months.

"Not what I envisioned coming into this season," Durant said on his Instagram account. "But I'm here and ready to conquer this journey. I've heard it all over the last few weeks, but I'm not here to prove anything to anybody, I'm battling myself. When quit and negativity are staring me in my face, I will stay strong and disciplined."

In 27 games this season, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.


Thunder F Kevin Durant to have foot surgery, miss rest of season


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/27/2015) The Thunder released a statement from General Manager Sam Presti on Friday, announcing that forward Kevin Durant will undergo another foot surgery and miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. 

After consulting with two specialists this week, the team and Durant came to the conclusion that a bone graft procedure would be the best approach to repair the Jones fracture that Durant suffered. 

Dr. Martin O'Malley will perform the surgery next week in New York and Durant is expected to return to basketball activities in four-to-six months. Durant averaged 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game before the injury.


Kevin Durant removed from basketball activities with foot issues


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced on Friday that forward Kevin Durant will be removed from basketball activities. He will be further evaluated at a later unknown time, leaving him out indefinitely.

"We've made the decision to remove him from basketball activities. He's not making the progress that we had hoped," Presti said.

When asked about his status for the remainder of the regular season or potentially the postseason, Presti said: "It would be really hard for me to give you exact answers, because we're waiting for those as well."

Durant suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot during the preseason that required surgery. He missed his first 17 games of the season before making his debut on Dec. 2. After being limited to only 27 games, Durant underwent a procedure to reinsert a different screw into his foot in late February, and experienced a recurrence of soreness in his foot, which caused him to sit out Thursday's practice. Now he remains without a timetable for return.

"If (him playing without soreness) takes the rest of the season, or the rest of the playoffs, that's what it takes," Presti said.

Durant averaged 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game before the injury. If he fails to return to the floor, he will have missed a total of 45 games with the injury.


Thunder's Kevin Durant misses practice Thursday, won't play Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant was not able to participate in Thursday's practice and he will not play in Friday's game, reports ESPN.com.

Durant has been out since Feb. 19 after a screw was reinserted into his foot. Coach Scott Brooks said Durant's foot is sore, which is expected. Brooks had previously indicated he would like Durant to participate in a full practice before returning.

When asked if Durant had a new timetable for a return, Brooks said he was unsure.


Thunder forward Kevin Durant (foot) will not return Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Although Thunder forward Kevin Durant is making progress from his foot procedure, he will not play in Wednesday's game against the Celtics, reports The Oklahoman.

Durant has been out since Feb. 19 after a screw was reinserted into his foot. Coach Scott Brooks indicated he would like Durant to participate in a full practice before returning. The Thunder are scheduled to practice Thursday and play Friday against the Hawks.

The Thunder are 7-point favorites over the Celtics.


Thunder's Kevin Durant takes part of 3-on-3 drills on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant participated in a portion of practice on Saturday, which included 3-on-3 drills, coach Scott Brooks told reporters, per the Oklahoman.

Durant has been sidelined since Feb. 19 after undergoing a procedure on his foot to reinsert a different screw. He was evaluated on Wednesday, and is expected to return in one-to-two weeks. Durant averaged 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game before the injury.


Thunder forward Kevin Durant (foot) to return in 1-2 weeks


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant had his injured foot revaluated Wednesday and coach Scott Brooks said Durant will return in one-to-two weeks, reports The Oklahoman.

Durant has not played since Feb. 19 after undergoing a procedure on his foot. He has been able to do some running and shooting drills on the court.


Thunder forward Kevin Durant begins increasing workout routine


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant continues to make improvements from his foot injury after recently increasing his workouts, reports The Oklahoman.

Durant had been conducting light-shooting drills, but increased it to include full-court running along with cutting and jumping. Durant has not played since Feb. 19 after undergoing another procedure on his foot. He is expected to be reevaluated this week.


Thunder's Kevin Durant has 'no doubt' he will play again this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant spoke to reporters Wednesday and said he has no doubt he'll return to play this season, reports ESPN.com.

Durant has not played since Feb. 19 after recently having another procedure on his foot to reinsert a different screw. He said the latest procedure helped alleviate the previous pain he was experiencing and is now waiting to recover from the procedure, which required stitches, reports The Oklahoman.

"I should be fine soon," he said.

Durant is expected to remain sidelined until he is reevaluated next week.


Thunder's Kevin Durant (foot) to be reevaluated in one week


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday forward Kevin Durant is making progress from his foot injury and he'll be reevaluated in one week, reports The Oklahoman.

Durant has been out since Feb. 19 because of the injury. He has been able to do some light shooting, but has not been able to practice.


Thunder's Kevin Durant begins light shooting Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant was able to do some light shooting before Thursday's game against the Suns, reports Suns.com.

Durant has been sidelined with a foot injury since Feb. 19 and he is expected to be reevaluated at the end of the month to determine when he can return to the court.


Thunder F Kevin Durant's season could be in peril after foot procedure


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant had a procedure performed on his ailing right foot to aid with the pain he's been experiencing, the team announced Sunday.

However, Durant will be re-evaluated in a week's amount of time as to when, or if, he will be able to continue his 2014-15 season. 

The Thunder released the following statement, on behalf of general manager Sam Presti:

“As we have conveyed, Kevin has experienced increased soreness in his right foot recently and as a result we initiated a process to determine the best way to manage it moving forward. In order to alleviate that discomfort, it was determined after consultation with Dr. Robert Anderson, and after receiving a second opinion from Dr. Martin O’Malley, that because the fracture itself has continued to heal as anticipated, there was an opportunity to address irritation from the screw, and make an adjustment to a different piece of hardware within the foot to relieve the symptoms of his soreness.

"The fracture itself is healing excellently by all accounts and we continue to feel good about the prognosis moving forward, but in the short term as he continued to have this discomfort, we wanted to determine the best way to alleviate it while still promoting the continued healing of the initial injury. 

"He is expected to be re-evaluated within a week to determine when he will return this regular season.”

Durant is averaging 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.


Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler to start for Thunder


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) The Thunder will start C Enes Kanter and F Kyle Singler at the Hornets on Saturday, according to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman

Kanter starts in place of Steven Adams, who injured his hand Feb. 9 and is out for three weeks. He was acquired at Thursday's trade deadline and replaces Nick Collison in the starting lineup. Collison will come off the bench for the Thunder. 

Kyle Singler will also get the start for the Thunder, in place of injured Kevin Durant

The Thunder are 7.5 point favorites. 


Thunder's Kevin Durant out with foot injury on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Thunder PF Kevin Durant will miss Saturday's game against the Hornets, according to a report by NewsOK.com's Anthony Slater

Durant struggled with the injury during Thursday's game and didn't practice on Friday. 

According to ESPN's Royce Young, the injury is causing Durant discomfort, but there's no concern of a more serious problem. 

The Thunder are 7.5-point favorites over the Hornets. 


Thunder's Kevin Durant travels with team, uncertain for Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Thunder small forward Kevin Durant traveled with the team to Charlotte Friday, The Oklahoman reports. The team is contining to monitor his foot soreness, and his status for Saturday's game remains uncertain.

Durant came out of Thursday's win against the Mavericks late due to the foot issues and did not participate in practice Friday. He scored just 12 points in 37 minutes Thursday, well short of his 25.4-point average.


Thunder F Kevin Durant doesn't participate in Friday's practice


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant was unable to participate in Friday's practice, according to The Oklahoman.

The Thunder only did light shooting and film study on Friday. Coach Scott Brooks described Durant as being "sore." Durant was seen limping toward the end of Thursday's 104-89 win over the Mavericks on Thursday.

Durant has dealt with a toe injury throughout the 2014-15 season.


Thunder SF Kevin Durant (foot) to meet with trainers Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Thunder small forward Kevin Durant said after Thursday's win over the Mavericks that he plans to meet with the trainers Friday regarding his sore foot, The Oklahoman reports.

"It's tough, but I'll figure it out," Durant said after the game, per the Associated Press. "I've just got to get through it, just keep getting treatment. Talk to the trainers tomorrow and see what we can do to make it better. We'll see."

Durant left Thursday's win late in the fourth quarter due to foot soreness. "He's not at risk, but he is sore," general manager Sam Presti said after the game.

Durant has dealt with persistent foot issues all season after suffering a Jones fracture before the beginning of the season. He scored 12 points on 4 of 14 shooting in 37 minutes Thursday, adding six rebounds, five assists and one steal.


Thunder forward Kevin Durant's foot feeling a lot better


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been hampered by injuries all season. His year started off with a fractured bone in his foot during the preseason that required surgery. During Sunday's All-Star Game, Durant said he was dealing with some slight discomfort, but is feeling better now.

"It felt a lot better," Durant said. "I just wanted to take it easy. I wanted to go out there, obviously, and play but not play too many minutes and do too much on it. We’re just trying to stay conscious of what’s going on with it."

He played just 10 minutes in the game. Durant, who is averaging 25.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 26 games, will have until Thursday to rest up when the Thunder take on the Mavericks.


Report: Steve Kerr picks Aldridge over Durant to start ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) Steve Kerr, coach of the Western Conference All-Star, had a change of heart and will choose to roll with Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge over Thunder forward Kevin Durant in the starting lineup for Sunday's exhibition game, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Aldridge has averaged a career-best 23.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting in 47 games while hauling in 10.3 rebounds per game.

Durant was initially expected to replace Pelicans big man Anthony Davis in the starting lineup. Durant, who has played in just 26 of his team's 53 games while dealing with injuries this season, is expected to play a limited role off the bench on Sunday. He is averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He is also shooting a career-best 51.7 percent from the floor, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range.


Report: Thunder SF Kevin Durant likely to start in All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) Thunder small forward Kevin Durant is in line to make his fifth straight All-Star start. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Durant will likely replace injured Pelicans big man Anthony Davis in the starting lineup for the Western Conference All-Stars, but won't play much due to nagging injuries.

Durant is in New York after being selected as a reserve. He played in just 26 of his team's 53 games while dealing with injuries this season, averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He is also shooting a career-best 51.7 percent from the floor, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range.


Thunder SF Kevin Durant against media voting on MVP


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was voted NBA MVP by the media last season, but he believes that players should determine who wins the award, the Houston Chronicle reports.

When asked if former MVPs should vote on the award in the same manner that Heisman winners vote on the winners of that award, Durant said, "You guys get too much power to vote on stuff quite frankly I don’t think you know a lot about, not as much as we know about it. We play against these guys, we battle against these guys, we know what they say on the court, we know how they handle their teams, how they approach the game. Our vote should count. Our opinions should count. I don’t think you guys know as much as we do and I don’t see why you have more power than we do."

Durant added that he believes the media cast votes based on narratives.

"You guys vote on the MVP," Durant said. "MVP I think is about narratives. There’s a lot of guys that have been playing extremely well for years and years and are just starting to get MVP consideration. I think that consistent play sometimes gets a little boring to people. If you look at a guy like James Harden, he’s been doing it for three years, the same thing. People are acting like it’s new. Steph Curry has been doing the same things for three years.

"I guess the narrative around his team and what he is doing is new to everybody, but unless you really watch games and realize what these guys have been doing for years, it’s nothing new. It’s all the same. I guess the hype around them is difference. Of course, everybody gets better, but if you stay consistent, it’s not like they came out of nowhere."

Durant is in New York after being selected as an All-Star reserve. He has played in just 26 of his team's 53 games while dealing with injuries this season, averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists.


Thunder SF Kevin Durant doubles up, deals with foot soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Thunder small forward Kevin Durant played through foot soreness Wednesday, scoring a team-high 26 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including 4 of 6 shooting from behind the arc, while grabbing 10 rebounds in his team's 105-89 win over the Grizzlies Wednesday.

Durant could be seen treating his foot during the game, and coach Scott Brooks said after the win that Durant was dealing with soreness on the same foot on which he had Jones fracture surgery. The coach indicated that the star forward wasn't dealing with a more serious injury, saying, "We wouldn't put him out there if it wasn't just sore," per ESPN.com.

"It comes and goes," Durant said after the game. "It's just part of the process. We knew that going into the surgery. We're treating it pretty well. Just keep icing it, doing my treatment, but we knew it was going to happen. It's off and on."

Brooks also indicated that he and Durant will have a discussion on whether the forward will participate in Sunday's All-Star Game after being named to the team as a reserve.

Durant played 34 minutes in Wednesday's win while delivering his first double-double since Jan. 18. He also chipped in three assists, three blocks and one steal. The Thunder enter the break with a 5-1 February record.