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Kevin Durant: 'I don't care about legacy'

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“I don’t care about legacy,” Durant instructed The Athletic. “I used to. I used to need to carve out a lane or area on this sport for myself that folks can keep in mind, nevertheless it’s change into an excessive amount of of a factor now. It simply turns into an excessive amount of of a deal with different folks. What’s he finished, what’s he finished? Comparisons. Earlier than, after we wasn’t doing all this debating, I cared about it … I’m about to be in the identical breath as these high guys. It was huge. “These days, I really, actually don’t care. I really simply need to go on the market and produce, be the perfect that I could possibly be, go dwelling, cling with my household, that’s it.”
Supply: Shams Charania @ The Athletic

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Kevin Durant says all people’s focusing on Suns, opens up on Nets commerce: ‘I hated it needed to go down like that’…12:53 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
After final night time’s 5-of-18 efficiency, Kevin Durant is barely taking pictures
*checks notes*
56.7% from the sector and 52.9% from 3 with the Suns – 12:05 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
How Phoenix Suns gained with Kevin Durant having uncommon off-shooting night time in dwelling debut (w/movies) #Suns #Suns #Timberwolves activities/n… by way of @azcentral – 11:45 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant struggled in his extremely anticipated return, however what stood out from this uncharacteristic efficiency? For @PHNX_Suns, listed below are 5 observations about KD’s jitters, how he nonetheless made an affect, what the Suns needed to say about his night time, and extra: AM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
KD final night time: 5-of-18, two turnovers. Jaden McDaniels with one other sturdy defensive efficiency. AM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
KD on how he dealt with his scenario after Kyrie’s commerce request:
“As soon as he requested out, I used to be simply attempting to determine what course the workforce goes in. As soon as I had no understanding of what course we’re stepping into, I attempted to make the perfect determination for me.”
(Through @ShamsCharania) – 10:23 AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant on the Nets:
“I need the perfect for that group. I needed the perfect for us each sport. I hated it needed to go down like that. I wasn’t attempting to show the Nets is a s—ty group. I used to be attempting to show that the Nets are an awesome group, that they care… – 10:20 AM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Suns famous person Kevin Durant unplugged at @TheAthletic: “I don’t care about legacy. I used to…I really simply need to go on the market and produce.” On “gymnastics” finished to discredit, summer season exercise with Devin Booker, Nets exit, extra.…9:48 AM
Invoice Reiter @sportsreiter
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Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Finest PPP for spot-up performs this season (min 150 poss, by way of Synergy):
Devin Booker – 1.34 (oh child w/ KD?)
Doug McDermott – 1.33
Al Horford – 1.3
Grayson Allen – 1.28
Donte DiVincenzo – 1.28
Michael Porter Jr. – 1.26
Bojan Bogdanovic – 1.26
Sam Hauser – 1.25
Lauri Markkanen – 1.25 – 3:34 AM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD didn’t play precisely the way in which he needed in his lengthy awaited dwelling debut on Wednesday in Phoenix — however the Suns didn’t care. They have been simply blissful to have him on the market as a result of they know his presence alone makes them higher.…3:29 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Everybody will get nervous! Even Kevin Durant!
On his dwelling debut and a great Suns win:…3:04 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Durant comparatively quiet in return however nonetheless scores 16, helps Suns high Timberwolves…2:46 AM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Suns/coach have ton of labor to do. Durant wasn’t even an afterthought down stretch as Booker dominated Offense. Ayton began out getting good feed inside from KD for straightforward basket. Then, cept for late layup off Paul move, DA spent majority of time setting picks close to 3-point line. – 2:12 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Most occasions, he’s simply going to overlook. Not too many individuals that’s ever going to make him miss. I’m in all probability one of many solely folks that used to try this.”
Chris Paul on Kevin Durant as he repeated what he mentioned to his #Suns teammate.
Look forward to the response. AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I don’t assume he felt no strain. I feel it’s so much given what occurred final time.”
Chris Paul on Kevin Durant, who twisted his left ankle in what was purported to be his #Suns dwelling debut March 8.
Lastly made his dwelling debut Wednesday. AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Felt nice.”
Kevin Durant mentioned he didn’t really feel “it in any respect” together with his left ankle damage that sidelined him three weeks #Suns1:57 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“The followers have been prepared for us.”
Deandre Ayton on taking part in in Kevin Durant’s #Suns dwelling debut they gained over Minnesota.
“This was a sport protection led us to the win.” AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker on if he and his teammates mentioned something to Kevin Durant when pictures weren’t falling.
“What you gonna inform him?”
“Nah, he’s good. You understand his identify. He is aware of what he’s doing.” – 1:46 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Q: Did Kevin appear overly excited or nervous?
A: “Don’t inform I mentioned it, however yeah he did.”
Deandre Ayton on Kevin Durant going into #Suns dwelling debut.
“You may inform there was slightly fatigue as properly. The emotion. He acquired teammates, we’re canines. We’re going to cowl up for you.” AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I didn’t say, Kevin go to the nook or something like that. It simply occurred.”
Monty Williams on Kevin Durant seemingly spending time within the nook as #Suns coach mentioned that’s a option to flatten out the protection. AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Kevin Durant was requested if that sort of damage in pregame warmups makes him assume he’s cursed.
Good rebuttal with a number of laughs.
“Hell no. I imply, take a look at my life. Anyone cursed ME? You possibly can’t say that tho man, shit. Once I go away this area now my life look fairly good.” – 1:33 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“In case you take a look at the taking pictures numbers, that’s not Kevin.”
Monty Williams as Kevin Durant shot 5-of-18 for 16 factors in #Suns win over #Timberwolves.
“He stayed with it. When he hit the three, that’s Kevin. He’s not going to run from these sort of pictures.” AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Kevin Durant mentioned he didn’t really feel something in his ankle. Felt nice.
He thought he was dashing a number of of these early seems to be.
“I can get in my very own method generally pondering an excessive amount of, attempting to get these pictures again.” – 1:29 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“What you gonna inform him?”
Devin Booker on in the event that they talked to Kevin Durant throughout 0-fot-7 begin.
“He’s good. You understand his identify. He is aware of what he was doing. He was in all probability simply amped up, geeked to get on the market and felt the strain, felt the nervousness. It’s a 1-game factor.” #Suns AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
With among the freak accidents he’s handled in his profession, Kevin Durant was requested whether or not he felt cursed.
“Hell nah. I imply, take a look at my life. Anyone cursed ME?” AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“Generally you’ll be able to need it too dangerous.”
Kevin Durant mentioned it was onerous for him to sleep as we speak or to cease fascinated by the sport.
“A few these pictures, I undoubtedly was dashing and attempting to get all of it again without delay. I can get in my very own method generally, pondering an excessive amount of.” – 1:24 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker smiled when requested about whether or not guys have been speaking Kevin Durant by his tough taking pictures begin.
“Watchu gonna inform him?” – 1:20 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant was requested if there was any specific cause he modified his footwear at halftime.
“Yeah, ’trigger I used to be 1-for-8” – 1:16 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I used to be 1-for-8. I used to be looking for one thing.”
Kevin Durant on altering footwear at halftime. – 1:15 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“It was cool. I attempted to not delight in it an excessive amount of.”
Kevin Durant mentioned he knew how a lot followers have been anticipating his dwelling debut for the reason that final time he went by pregame warmups. Stated with a smile that tonight’s pregame routine didn’t really feel totally different although – 1:15 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Generally you need it too dangerous.”
Kevin Durant as he talked about being excited going into sport. #Suns AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Did Kevin Durant appear overly excited for his Suns dwelling debut?
Deandre Ayton: “Yeah, he did. Don’t inform him I mentioned, however he did.” AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Deandre Ayton mentioned Kevin Durant was excited for the sport, however skilled fatigue. #Suns1:01 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty added that he’s certain Kevin Durant was annoyed by the variety of pictures he missed, since he “doesn’t actually miss” at any time when he watches him get pictures up. Stated Durant will get his conditioning and rhythm again up and be simply advantageous – 12:47 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns dwell updates: Kevin Durant scores 16 factors in dwelling debut, Suns high T-Wolves #Suns activities/n… by way of @azcentral – 12:45 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams on Kevin Durant’s off taking pictures night time: “You take a look at the taking pictures numbers, you’re like, that’s not Kevin….however I feel the way in which he stayed with it, when he hit the 3s within the third quarter, like, that’s Kevin. He’s not gonna run from these varieties of pictures.” – 12:45 AM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
I’m 99% constructive Kevin Durant didn’t contact the ball within the final 3:21 after returning to the sport, Suns up 5…aside from to inbound it with mere seconds left in Phoenix 7-point win v T’Wolves. Not surprisingly, Doris & Poncho have been too busy babbling about bullspit to note. – 12:42 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant shot 5-for-18 and the Suns nonetheless beat a workforce that had gained 4 straight. Wolves have been clearly on the finish of a tiring stretch of schedule, however that’s an awesome workforce win, even when it was ugly – 12:38 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
• Kings finish playoff drought
• Westbrook goes berserk
• Durant returns
• Mavs judgment day
• Lakers revenge
• Quickley wins sixth Man
• My journey to Sacramento
• Succession Ep 1
📺… AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Kevin Durant missed as many pictures tonight (13) as he missed in his first three Suns video games mixed.
A relatively aggressive regression to the imply there, if you wish to even name it that for a scorer like him. – 12:37 AM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Suns didn’t even play that properly and beat a great Wolves workforce. Haven’t misplaced with Durant in uniform. – 12:34 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kevin Durant tonight:
16 PTS
28 MIN
First dwelling sport as a Solar. AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Closing: PHX 107, MIN 100
Booker: 29 Pts, 5 Ast, 8-18 FG
Paul: 19 Pts, 6 Ast, 7-15 FG
Durant: 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 5-18 FG
Edwards: 31 Pts, 6 Ast, 13-22 FG
Enjoyable reality: The Phoenix Suns have nonetheless by no means misplaced with Kevin Durant – 12:32 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant returns with 3:21 remaining. #Suns up 5. – 12:21 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns up 5 and Monty takes a timeout. The Minnesota takes one in every of their very own. Kevin Durant will examine again in with 3:21 to go – 12:20 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns dwell updates: Kevin Durant hits two large 3s, Suns up late in 4th #Suns activities/n… by way of @azcentral – 12:19 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant comes out with 7:36 left in sport. Has 16, hitting two 3s within the 4th.
#Suns up 3 with 6:42 left in sport.
On minute restriction, he’s performed 25 minutes.
Might be the tip of his night time.
Might be. – 12:08 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant checks out at 26 minutes with 7:36 to go. Guessing he’ll be capped at half-hour – 12:05 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Booker checks in for Durant with 7:36 left and the Suns up 3. Durant is at 26 minutes. I’d guess that his night time just isn’t finished but. – 12:05 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
KD curling left to arrange CP3 curling proper into the middy
*chef’s kiss* – 12:04 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Wolves open the 4Q on a 10-3 run to tie the sport in lower than 3 minutes. Tough debut for Kevin Durant (5-18 FG) to this point, however he’s hit a pair of 3s right here within the quarter to offer the Suns the lead again – 12:02 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant 3. #Suns up 3. – 12:01 AM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Naz Reid: D’ing up KD then, spinning to the floater. Wow. – 12:00 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns dwell updates: Kevin Durant has 10 factors, Suns up seven going into fourth #Suns activities/n… by way of @azcentral – 12:00 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant open 3. Good. #Suns up 4 – 11:59 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Finish of 3Q: PHX 81, MIN 74
Booker: 24 Pts, 5 Ast, 7-15 FG
Paul: 11 Pts, 4 Ast, 4-8 FG
Durant: 10 Pts, 6 Reb, 3-13 FG
Cities: 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 8-14 FG
Suns shut 3Q on 31-14 run after falling behind by 10 – 11:54 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Each groups are getting annoyed with all of the unlawful screens calls which have been referred to as in the previous few minutes. Suns on a 15-4 run, KD missed a 3 that may’ve introduced the home down – 11:42 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
gonna communicate with the basketball gods after that Durant 3 didn’t go in. That felt like the precise factor to occur. – 11:42 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant and McDaniels having a pleasant chat after McDaniels referred to as for foul. #Suns11:41 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Jaden picks up his 4th. KD and Finch appeared like they’d slightly chat in regards to the name afterward. – 11:40 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Assume they’re gonna want a Naz offensive barrage late third quarter as a result of it looks like a KD barrage seemingly comes within the 4th – 11:38 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant and-1 off the feed excessive from Devin Booker. Guide factors at him and nods. Crowd again into it because the Suns pull inside 2 – 11:37 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant appears to be transferring advantageous, however lacks rhythm.
And Jaden McDaniels has been stable defensively.
#Suns down 5 as Booker with the 3-point play. – 11:34 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant 2-of-10
Booker 5-of-12.
#Suns nonetheless solely down 6.. – 11:32 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Monty Williams talked about KD could be on a minutes restriction tonight. He’s monitoring for mid 20s. – 11:23 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns dwell updates: Kevin Durant will get on board, 3 factors as Suns path at half #Suns activities/n… by way of @azcentral – 11:21 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I feel Kevin Durant put method an excessive amount of strain on himself in that half. He is aware of how a lot folks have been anticipating this sport, he’s been ready for it too, and it appeared like he was taking misses more durable than regular, shaking his head and whatnot. He’ll be advantageous as soon as that fades – 11:17 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns down 51-48 at half.
The gang is sort of subdued.
Nonetheless ready for a Durant eruption.
Has 3 factors on 1-of-8 taking pictures in 13 minutes of play.
Booker 12. Okogie 9.
Cities leads all scorers with 20. #Timberwolves11:08 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
That first half was simply the twelfth of Kevin Durant’s 982-game profession when he shot 15% or worse, per @Stathead. He was 1-of-8 (12.5%). – 11:07 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: MIN 51, PHX 48
Booker: 12 Pts, 2 Ast, 5-11 FG
Okogie: 9 Pts, 4 Reb, 4-7 FG
Durant: 3 Pts, 3 Reb, 1-8 FG
Ayton: 4 Pts, 2 Reb
Cities: 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 7-12 FG – 11:06 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
With Kevin Durant’s Suns return in progress…
Devin Booker to @TheAthletic on his relationship with Durant and the Suns’ query of chemistry. Rather more right here…… PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant’s first basket in #Suns dwelling debut.
Checks out with 4:44 left in 1st half. 3 factors on 1-of-8 taking pictures.
Tie sport at 38-38. #Timberwolves PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant scores the primary factors of his Suns tenure from the FT line. Crowd acquired loud as encouragement when he acquired fouled PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
First level for Kevin Durant come from the road.
6:32 left in 2nd. Missed 2nd FT. #Suns tied #Timberwolves10:53 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant in far cornee in search of ball.
Subsequent journey. Took it himself, acquired fouled. Searching for first factors. #Suns PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns dwell updates: Kevin Durant scoreless in 1st quarter, Suns up 25-24 #Suns activities/n… by way of @azcentral – 10:51 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Lol, other than final postseason, Ive by no means seen KD need to work this tough to attain a basket – 10:49 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Durant had been in search of the ball in semi-transition for some time now to see one go down. Bought the rebound himself and earned free throws. – 10:49 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Payne in transition with Durant in search of ball. #Sumd down 3. PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Jaden McDaniels is taking part in some D on KD proper now. Nice contests utilizing his size. – 10:47 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant’s nonetheless trying to find his first bucket in Phoenix as a Solar. He’s 0-for-6 to this point, Wolves have finished an awesome job contesting all of his seems to be – 10:46 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
CP3 checks again in. I assure he’s going to get Durant factors earlier than Durant sits once more. Assure, I say. – 10:45 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
First hi-five to begin 2nd quarter.
Durant to Ross. Tie sport PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant begins the second quarter with Craig, Ross, Biyombo and Payne.
Ideas? #Suns up one after one. – 10:39 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant is again on the court docket to begin the 2Q with a bench-heavy lineup of Cam Payne, Terrence Ross, Torrey Craig and Bismack Biyombo. The Stagger lives – 10:39 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
KD/ Guide Stagger (taking identify strategies) is dwell once more.
Payne-Ross-Durant-Craig-Biyombo to begin the 2nd quarter. – 10:39 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Torrey Craig in for Kevin Durant out of the timeout. KD performed 6 minutes for his first stint, Monty has him on a minutes restriction tonight – 10:25 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
If the Wolves are going to make use of KAT as a scoring/playmaking hub on this matchup (towards Okogie/KD), then he must assault the method of getting deeper place.
Personally, I don’t assume they should obsess about attending to that. Transfer it, KAT take 3s and/or drive. – 10:25 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Craig in for Durant. #Suns10:25 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
The offense to this point has been Kevin Durant standing within the nook.
Karl-Anthony Cities 3. #Suns down 12-10. Timeout Phoenix with 5:47 left in 1st.
Durant 0-for-2 from discipline. Hasn’t scored. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant 1st help in #Suns dwelling debut. Finds Deandre Ayton. PM

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Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Edwards on KD on that first possession. Fought him properly. – 10:17 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns dwell updates: Jaden McDaniels ‘not afraid’ of guarding Kevin Durant #Suns #Timberwolves activities/n… by way of @azcentral10:16 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“No. 35 from Texas.”
Kevin Durant. #Suns PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant is introduced first within the Suns beginning lineup and it will get LOUD PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Kevin Durant will get launched within the beginning lineup in Phoenix for the primary time.
Went first. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns layup line.
Kevin Durant stretching. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“One of many advantages of getting each KD and Guide out there’s it permits CP to actually play the sport the way in which he desires to play. He doesn’t really feel he’s acquired to attain after which he turns into a good higher participant than he’s at this level of his profession.”
Chris Finch on Chris Paul. #Suns PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Curious to see if Phoenix places Durant or Okogie on KAT to begin – 9:54 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“He takes on Steph one night time KD the following. De’Aaron Fox in between. He’s all the time prepared for it. He’s fairly even keel. Tremendous aggressive. That’s what we love about him. He’s not afraid of something.”
#Timberwolves coach Chris Finch on Jaden McDaniels, who’ll guard Kevin Durant #Suns9:51 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Count on a ton of power within the constructing. Ought to be enjoyable.”
#Timberwolves coach Chris Finch on going through #Suns in Durant’s dwelling debut tonight. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams mentioned Kevin Durant will likely be on a minute restriction tonight in his #Suns dwelling debut.
Missed final 10 video games with left ankle sprain. PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns: Paul, Booker, Okogie, Durant, Ayton
Wolves: Conley, Edwards, McDaniels, Cities, Gobert
Taurean Prince, Jaylen Nowell and Austin Rivers are all OUT for Minnesota. Kyle Anderson is IN. – 9:32 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns starters vs. #Timberwolves:
Chris Paul
Devin Booker
Josh Okogie
Kevin Durant
Deandre Ayton – 9:31 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant is again within the beginning lineup tonight, alongside Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie and Deandre Ayton. We’re formally again. – 9:30 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant finishes pregame exercise with two-handed dunk. #Suns PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Video proof of Kevin Durant ending his pregame exercise with out incident. Everybody exhale PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Since Okay.J. Martin moved into beginning lineup, he’s one in every of eight gamers (with Durant, Allen, Jokic, Sabonis, Valanciunas, Antetokounmpo and Ayton) averaging 14 factors, six rebounds and making 58 % or extra of his pictures. He’s 6 of 11 for 15 factors with six rebounds. – 9:01 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant pregame from exterior locker room. #Suns PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant taking pictures pregame. #Suns PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Kevin Durant is out right here for his pregame warmup PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“The second group at occasions could be environment friendly on their very own.”
Monty Williams on what he realized about his workforce within the 10 video games Kevin Durant missed. #Suns PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns dwell updates: Kevin Durant out there for dwelling debut vs. T-Wolves #Suns #Timberwolves activities/n… by way of @azcentral – 8:30 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Williams mentioned Durant will likely be on a minutes restriction. – 8:17 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Monty Williams says KD will play tonight. – 8:17 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams formally confirmed Kevin Durant is ready to return tonight. Listed here are 5 issues to regulate as KD makes his Suns dwelling debut in an essential matchup for playoff seeding: PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Kevin Durant is formally out there, per Monty Williams – 8:16 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant (ankle) UPGRADED TO PROBABLE. #Suns8:15 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
5 issues to know earlier than Kevin Durant’s Suns return – by way of @PHNX_Suns PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement w/@Jphanned is LIVE @Underdog__NBA
– KD returns
– Lakers/Bulls with every thing to play for
– Knicks/Warmth for the 5
– Wolves surging
– Enormous damage report
– Breaking lineup information from throughout league
NBA’s Closing Bell, now by tip!
📺… PM

J.R. Smith: As soon as Kevin Durant went to Warriors, ‘all people was just about taking part in for second’…6:15 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
(Sure, Kevin Durant remains to be listed as questionable) – 6:01 PM
The Vertical @Balldontlie
Kevin Durant is ready to return to the Suns tonight, however can he stay wholesome? 🤔
Full episode of Good Phrase With Goodwill on Ball Don’t Lie @VinceGoodwill x @HowardBeck ⬇
📺: PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
You will have heard that Kevin Durant is likely to be returning tonight. For @PHNX_Suns, I wrote about 5 issues to regulate, together with how KD impacts Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and the bench rotation: PM

What number of factors will KD have in his Suns dwelling debut? 🤔 PM

The Suns with KD have been HUMMING ☀
Sources confirmed to ESPN that Durant will make his return tonight vs. the Timberwolves. PM

Invoice Reiter @sportsreiter
I’ll be on CBS Sports activities HQ Highlight on @CBSSportsNet in about half-hour speaking Durant’s return, a crowded West and the MVP race – 2:57 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
J.R. Smith mentioned his time with the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony’s free company, profitable a title in Cleveland, the LeBron James meme, Kevin Durant becoming a member of the Warriors, George Karl, his upcoming four-part docuseries, and extra on the HoopsHype podcast.
👉🏼… PM

Sam Amick @sam_amick
If peak Wilt Chamberlain couldn’t do it, can Kevin Durant?
At present’s Suns piece seems to be on the historical past of midseason trades and why they don’t sometimes result in a title run.
Conversations w/ Devin Booker and Chris Paul in regards to the highway forward, at @TheAthletic…11:50 AM

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“As soon as I left to go to the Warriors (in 2016), I figured any logical factor, in terms of me it’s out of the window,” Durant mentioned. “In terms of me, individuals are not going to assume in a logical method or just take a look at what I’ve finished and say that’s it. They gotta add a story to it, they gotta push one thing to discredit me. As soon as I left to go to the Warriors, it’s been the gymnastics on learn how to discredit me each step of the way in which. It’s like, rattling, that’s not even enjoyable no extra like partaking with folks as a result of y’all aren’t even being truthful. You progress the goalpost each time, you count on probably the most out of me and if I don’t attain it I’m a failure. It’s like, what’s the issue? -via The Athletic / March 30, 2023
Kevin Durant: There was a lot confusion over how I left OKC about who I used to be as a person. And I felt like I wanted to clarify that to the media and NBA followers, however after some time I used to be identical to, they going to consider what they going to consider regardless. So there’s no want for me to even f— up their expertise and attempt to shift and alter the way in which they give thought to the scenario. After some time, I used to be identical to f— it — you’ll be able to assume nevertheless you need to assume. I do know that’s simply part of it. I’m finished attempting to get you to grasp who I’m as a individual and participant. -via The Athletic / March 30, 2023
Kevin Durant on Nets: I need the perfect for that group. I needed the perfect for us each sport. I hated it needed to go down like that. I wasn’t attempting to show the Nets is a s—ty group. I used to be attempting to show that the Nets are an awesome group, that they care about their gamers, need the perfect for his or her gamers. Sure s— simply didn’t work out. I perceive that. I’m not right here attempting to show that the Nets was fallacious, I feel they did superb by me the entire time I used to be there, not simply with the commerce. Coming off the Achilles damage, get again into taking part in — they made certain they have been there for me each step of the way in which. And I recognize that for all times. I really feel like we’ll be tied as members of the family for all times no matter the way it completed. -via The Athletic / March 30, 2023

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