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"Since [Durant] was born, he knew how to put the ball in the basket, but I think his leadership has...

"Since [Durant] was born, he knew how to put the ball in the basket, but I think his leadership has continued to jump. He wasn't very vocal early in his career, but now he's very vocal, he understands this is his team and the team is going to follow him. That's usually the last stage when you become a superstar, and he's done that." - LeBron James on Kevin Durant

"He made one shot tonight, he was standing where I was." - New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams

"He made one shot tonight, he was standing where I was." - New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams

"There’s a certain aura about all great athletes. I don’t know if it’s because you know they’re...

"There’s a certain aura about all great athletes. I don’t know if it’s because you know they’re great or they know they’re great. But there’s something that you sense as soon as they walk in the room." Sports Illustrated will feature 10 for '10 in tomorrow's issue, a photo essay of 10 athletes that provided the most memorable moments of the past year. Among the 10 - none other than the Thunder's own, Kevin Durant. Others on the list: Tim Lincecum (cover photo), Manny Pacquiao, Shaun White, Landon Donovan, Kim Yu-Na, Drew Brees, Dustin Johnson, Alexander Ovechkin, Kelly Slater

quote from Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss

There were no police on the court," Krstic said. "There were no security guards. I was scared. I...

There were no police on the court," Krstic said. "There were no security guards. I was scared. I saw the fans, half-naked, coming behind my back. I saw Greek players coming towards me. They were saying some bad things about my family. In that moment, you don’t think what going to happen. You just try to protect yourself. I was scared. That’s why I did that.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic on throwing a chair during Serbia's game against Greece in the FIBA World Championships this summer. It was among the funnier moments of the Thunder's media day today, especially because he apologized over and over again. Read more: http://www.newsok.com/krstic-apologizes-for-involvement-in-summer-brawl/article/3499049?custom_click=pod_lead_nba-thunder#ixzz10nHG4hPx

"I’m like that fly at the picnic table," Royal Ivey explained in a telephone interview on Thursday. ...

"I’m like that fly at the picnic table," Royal Ivey explained in a telephone interview on Thursday. "You’re trying to fan him away and he keeps on coming back and landing on your food. I just have that kind of mentality, that I’m not going away and I’m going to be there the whole game. I’m going to be in you and it’s an ongoing process. It’s just having that mindset and never backing down to anybody. That’s what I bring to the game."

http://www.nba.com/thunder/news/iveyspotlight.html

OKC to waive G-F Kyle Weaver before Aug. 1 to keep from guaranteeing contract for next season,...

OKC to waive G-F Kyle Weaver before Aug. 1 to keep from guaranteeing contract for next season, source tells Y! Maccabi already offered deal. Marc J. Spears

http://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/19691383425

DECISION 11' has officially begun!!! 365 days until Nick Collison announces his free agent decision...

DECISION 11' has officially begun!!! 365 days until Nick Collison announces his free agent decision in a one hour special live on PBS!!! - Nick Collison

http://twitter.com/nickcollison4/status/18084617084

I would guess that Kevin Durant claps more than any of the players in support of the team. I've...

I would guess that Kevin Durant claps more than any of the players in support of the team. I've been coming to summer leagues for 11 years and never seen anything like him. David B. Thorpe

http://twitter.com/coachthorpe

"We can’t let emotion drive our decisions," Presti said Monday. "We haven’t done that in the past...

"We can’t let emotion drive our decisions," Presti said Monday. "We haven’t done that in the past in times of adversity and I don’t foresee us letting that happen this summer coming off a season where we’ve had a step in the right direction. "That’s not to say we think we’ve got the perfect mix or the perfect blend. We’re certainly not in a position to say that but we just have to be diligent with what we’re trying to do going forward." Presti didn’t rule out pursuing free agents but said he’s focused on "building a team that we feel like can grow together and last."

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-thunder-presti
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