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The Thunder’s humble leader

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 16, 2011 | 4:06 pm

The OKC Thunder finally made it past Memphis yesterday, thanks in large part to the play of Kevin Durant. On the eve of that win, ESPN published a lengthy profile of the Thunder’s humble leader.

Here’s a snippet:

Something has made him this way. Something has made Durant probably the least pretentious megastar in pro basketball. He’d rather have a key to the gym than a key to the penthouse. It may sound clichéd, but he really is usually first to practice and last to leave. He’s not clamoring to take his talents to South Beach; instead, he just re-upped for five more years with Oklahoma City.

“Oklahoma City’s got a basketball team?” he was asked during another stroll in the mall one day.

“Yeah, we’re relatively new,” he answered.

Read the rest here. It’s a good story, though it seems to have missed some opportunities to discussed how Durant’s religion may have influenced his development. (Unlike this great profile of Durant’s big man, Kendrick Perkins.)

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