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Dilip Vishwanat

THUNDER: PERFECT MATCH: THUNDER, OKLAHOMA
KEVIN DURANT IS CONVINCED the kids who live in his neighborhood know his schedule. Durant has a glass door, so he sees them coming. "They come at the right time," he said. And when they ring his doorbell, whether they want an autograph or are there just to chat, Durant doesn’t turn them away. "If I was a little kid and I knew an NBA player lived down the street, I’d be the same way," he said. "Hopefully they continue to come by because I like things like that."

The Oklahoma City Thunder? Gone Till November - Ball Don't Lie
Act like your GM, Thunder fans, and go slow. The 2009-10 season wasn't a fluke, but a mere approximation of the squad's 2009-10 win total (even with a free agent addition) should be a sufficient accomplishment in 2010-11. You'll hear all sorts of TV types pin this team as a championship dark horse to enter next season, as if they're in on some secret and all the Thunder's postseason games weren't nationally televised, but you'll have to ignore that, and stay humble.

SoonerSports.com - Official Site of the Oklahoma Sooners
[Perhaps this means Capel can recruit a few more youngsters for OU basketball.] University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Jeff Capel has been selected to lead the 2010 USA Men's U18 National Team, USA Basketball announced today. The FIBA Americas U18 Championship, from which the top four finishing teams advance to next summer's FIBA U19 World Championship, will take place June 26-30 at the Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.

Shakur, Owens, Mullens Named To All-NBA D-League Teams
[This is from last month, but still interesting.] Three members of the Tulsa 66ers have been named to the All-NBA Development League teams, the league announced Friday. Mustafa Shakur was named to the second team after averaging 19.2 points, 6.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Larry Owens was named to the third team after a 15.8 point, 5.5 rebound season. And, Byron Mullens, who split his time between Tulsa and the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, was named an honorable mention after averaging 15 points and 7.5 rebounds in 27 games.