"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
"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