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Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

Posted on: October 8, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 2:36 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The thing about Kevin Durant that keeps people so fascinated, other than the scoring and general awesomeness at basketball, is his almost-too-good-to-be-true attitude. He always plays the humble card, always thanks teammates and always says the right thing, even when he doesn't have to.

The latest example: LeBron James was having a party in Kansas City at The Midland, a theater downtown. Durant was invited but politely declined the offer. "I don't go out to parties the day before a game," Durant told The Oklahoman. "I really don't go out too much during the season."

This guy, Durant. It's preseason. The game doesn't matter. Durant probably won't even play more than 20 minutes. Yet he's not going out to a party. It wasn't a shot at LeBron, it's just how KD operates.

It kind of reminds me of the movie Three Amigos where the amigos are talking about what they're going to do with the money they're about to earn. Steve Martin's character talks about getting a big, shiny car. Chevy Chase says he wants to see the world. Martin Short, on the other hand, says he wants to start a shelter for underprivileged children. The other two immediately say, "Oh yeah, I meant after I do that, I'll buy a car." I feel like LeBron didn't really consider the fact that he's throwing a big party the day before a game. Now that KD says it, I wonder if he thought, "Oh. Yeah, me either. I don't party before games either."

This isn't to imply LeBron did a bad thing. I mean come on, it's a meaningless exhibition game and LeBron is a super famous person that can do these type of things. We don't know if LeBron only showed up to the party for 10 minutes and was in bed by 11 p.m. So it's not fair to use this as another "Durant is the anti-LeBron" thing. But still, Durant turning down the offer is just another example why people are so enamored with KD.

LeBron and KD are going to be connected in these type of circumstances for a while. As much as Durant tries to downplay it and say things like, "LeBron is a better person than basketball player," it's fun to paint it as a good guy versus bad guy thing. And it's not hard to make Durant into the white knight.

Most think when Durant talks about his affinity for Oklahoma City, it's just lip service. He's saying what the fans want to hear when he says how much he likes it and how it fits his personality. But it's truth. OKC is a laid back, calm, quiet place where people aren't really throwing blowout parties on a Thursday night. The temptations for distraction aren't really there in Oklahoma City. Some see that as a bad thing, but for a guy like Durant that fits right in with the city, it's a perfect match.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:47 pm

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

Brian Westbrook plays in the NFL, great post..

Since: Oct 15, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:59 am
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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:41 am

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

lol no lmfao what an idiot!!!russell man

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:19 pm

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

KD is obviously not a party animal nor is he infatuated with the nightlife whatsoever. Leave the man alone and let him do his thing. He's only 22? He's as mature as them come nowadays.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:13 pm

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

What a stupid and contrived post, Oh yeah Tim Duncan never gets bad press in the media and is considfed one of the best PFs of all time and has won a few rings.... so KD has to do all that crap to be like Kobe and be a winner??? who says? do some research before overgenaralzing the NBA and the life of the black superstar.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2010 6:16 pm

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

So, I guess that you just missed what happened in the Worlds, when everyone predicted that the Americans would fall flat on their faces.  It turns out that a bunch of younger All Stars decided that Durant was the best of the bunch and agreed to play second fiddle to him.  He then carried the Americans -- essentially by himself -- to the Gold medal.  It was probably the greatest perfomance by an American in international play over the course of a tournament, ever.  Durant is a very young player who will have stretches of growing pains, but to suggest that somehow he will not put it together in the playoffs because of one bad series, means you do not follow basketball. 

Right now, in terms of pure scoring ability, I am not sure there is anyone who can match Durant.  He has matured in the NBA quicker than most, and his performance this summer was truly amazing. 

Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:57 am

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

Lebron took an old Eric Snow to the finals, Imagine if he would have had a young Brian Westbrook!

Brian Westbrook was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles back then and not really that young either. I don't know what LeBron would have done with him. Hand the ball off or throw some screen passes maybe?
Maybe you meant Russell Westbrook?

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2010 4:56 pm

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

Come on man,this guy made the right decision for himself whether it was a pre season or reg season game. The night life has no place in an African American Athlete life it only brings trouble and embrassment to these guys life. Durant good call man, and stay true to yourself. I am tired seeing African getting dragged through the mud because of their night life activities by the media.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2010 4:10 am

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

Durant shot 35% in the playoffs and got bounced in the first round, he doesn't need to party, he needs to work on getting his teamates involved and stop trying to be a volume shooter like Kobe. His team can't beat the rest of the league without him!!!

They aren't going to get the loopsided trades and the refs to give them the finals in OKC.

I know the NBA is trying to ride this kid but lets be for real, he won the gold medal against everybodies B and C team, no Dirk, Gasol Nash, Yao, Ginobly, Parker or any other elite player in the NBA, the most competition he played was Kleza and Turk a doodle.

Lebron took an old Eric Snow to the finals, Imagine if he would have had a young Brian Westbrook!

At 6'10 and long, Kevin Durant is the new Dirk, But he has a hell of a coach in Scott Brooks, because he was doing the same thing under PJ wasn't he?

what a difference good coaching makes!!!

Good Luck beating the Lakers with no Post Game KD, I'm pulling for you, but I think you have to shoot a bad fg%, choke in the finals and rape a woman before you can be declared the player of the decade. Oh yeah and be a snitch also.

You stats and your demenor won't matter just your rings, even if they cost 4million!!!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2010 6:22 pm

Durant turns down party invite from LeBron

Durant doesn't have to do the opposite of LeBron.  He just has to be himself.  One of the most humble, cool cats who has been in any sport in the last twenty years.

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