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NBA High-5: Rich Cho on Kevin Durant-Greg Oden, moving to OKC, playing style | OregonLive.com
"On a guy like Kevin, he was first-team all-NBA, led the league in scoring, and Kevin, he's not only a great player on the court, but he's a great person off the court," Cho said. "It was not a hard decision to offer him the max."

Nine things to know about Rich Cho - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
I met Cho once, at the draft lottery. He seemed very nice, and amazed me by remembering some nuance of something or other that had been on TrueHoop a few days earlier. Honestly, I wrote it, and I could barely remember the post at all. He read it and was all over the finest detail. When people have brains that do things mine can't I generally just start telling people that they're obviously really smart. So ... Rich Cho is obviously really smart.

A quick chat with Rich Cho - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
Q: So, is this a rivalry cooking between the Blazers and the Thunder?

A: The Thunder are a well-coached, up-and-coming team, and the Blazers are a well-coached, up-and-coming team. Both teams have good guys. And they're in the same division. So it probably is a rivalry in the making.

Team USA's cultural evolution heading into FIBA World Championship - ESPN
What is important now is not what happened in the past month but what is about to happen in the next two months: The United States will be attempting to win the world championship for the first time since 1994, when Kevin Durant was all of 5 years old.

Thunder's Durant, Westbrook and Green will benefit greatly from Team USA experience | NewsOK.com
Durant already has been chosen by USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo as a member of the team that will compete in Turkey. If Westbrook and Green are able to make the cut and join their teammate, the international spotlight will shine bright on the city of Oklahoma City as well, delivering on all the "big-league city" promises that were made when city officials first pitched the idea of acquiring a permanent NBA franchise.

Kevin Durant Talkin’ Team USA | Thunder Rumblings
Q: A lot of people don’t understand how you’ve bought into, since you’ve come into the NBA, playing both ends of the floor. Are you going to try to bring that same attitude to USAB?

A: Oh yeah, most definitely. I think I’m going to try to bring more of a defensive effort than an offensive effort. I know they need me to score points. But I’m going to go out there and play my hardest on the defensive end and try to be a guy that could be a lock-down defender.

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