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Durant says he's '50-50' for going overseas

Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 3:55 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

The whole players going overseas during the lockout thing is pretty insignificant news unless a player actually, you know, signs. A guy saying, "I'll keep my overseas options open" isn't news at all, but if the player is a star, it kind of becomes important.

So with Kevin Durant telling Sports Illustrated that he's 50-50 in terms of playing abroad during the lockout, we may have reached the all-time low with this theme.

"I love playing in the States," Durant said. "But I want to play somewhere. If you have an opportunity to [play overseas], it's something you have to think about."

Durant's agent, Aaron Goodwin, recently said that he was exploring overseas options for his client, but nothing was certain. Durant has a pretty good international following having played in the Philippines in two exhibition games last week along with wrapping up a recent two-week trip to China. He's not quite the international superstar like Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, but Durant did just complete his fourth season and is only 22.

He's a basketballholic though and the thought of not being able to play would absolutely devastate him. He's optimistic a deal will get done, but you can be sure that Durant is going to find some kind of competitive basketball if the lockout drags on.

Durant, who is the Thunder's player representative, hasn't been very involved in the negotiations because of other obligations, but told SI that he wants to be in the mix more going forward.

"I just want to make sure I'm in the loop with everything," he said. "I went to one meeting during All-Star weekend and we were so far apart I knew it was going to take awhile. The owners don't want to give in on the things that we want. As players, we have to stay together. But I really want to get [a deal] done for the fans, the people who enjoy watching the game."
And I'm sure he wants to get a deal done so he can keep playing with his good friends in Oklahoma City and not in some unfamiliar city in Europe. He might be 50-50 right now, but you can be sure that if he gets his way, that would be more like a zero percent chance because it wasn't necessary.
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:54 am
 

Durant says he's '50-50' for going overseas

Ohhh, ahhhhhhh, the man on the street is nervous and shaking in his boots that the poor little NBA millionairs are going to play overseas.  GO!, stop all the talk and sign with an overseas team.  That kind of "pressure" isn't going to accomplish anything.  So you're going to sign a one year contract, move your family overseas, oops the strike is over so we'll fall into that clause we put in the contract that you'll quit over there and come back to America to play in the NBA.  Yeah sure, things will work like that.  Either shut up an dget things over with here, or go oversaes and play, FOREVER.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:39 am
 

Durant says he's '50-50' for going overseas

I think it's funny how all of these basketball players are threatening to play overseas.  Go ahead!  Talk is cheap NBAers!  Until many of these guys actually signs a contract and reports to camp, who cares?  They can play where ever they want.  Go ahead.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:21 am
 

Durant says he's '50-50' for going overseas

I could care less about his boring sport but when you said <span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">but Durant did just complete his fourth season and is only 22. ---------<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">You forgot to mention he's also a 2 time scoring champ.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:39 am
 

Durant says he's '50-50' for going overseas

what is the point of this article ?  Isn't every decisiion you have to make in life "50-50"  You either do or don't. 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:37 am
 

Durant says he's '50-50' for going overseas

I wonder when Lebron James will take his show to Europe. I would love to see him play in Europe against teams that actually do play defense. I fondly remember watching the 2008 USA-Spain gold medal game on NBC's olympic website. Spain played defense and the US almost lost that game.



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Durant says he's '50-50' for going overseas

Good for him!


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