Jewish Journal


May 16, 2011

The Thunder’s humble leader


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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