Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-12-01

Kevin Durant is friends with LeBron James and would love nothing more than to reach his stature in the NBA. James, though, has no desire to be part of the 2010 free agency feeding frenzy, if at all possible.

Durant also could be a free agent in 2010, the summer LeBron and a host of other high-powered stars hit the market, but his preference is to remain in Oklahoma City and not test the waters.

"I want to be here as long as possible," Durant said. "That's what I tell everybody. I want to be part of the organization for my whole career if it can happen. So I'm not thinking about it at all."

In a show of humility, Durant doesn't think his free agency in two years or down the line will generate LeBron-level interest.

"I doubt that," Durant said. "But we'll cross that bridge once we get to it."

Durant did add that James is enjoying the attention.

"First of all, I know he's flattered," Durant said. "Growing up, being sought after as a player is something you always dream about. But I think he knew it would happen eventually. It's going to be fun to see what happens."

THUNDER 111, GRIZZLIES 103: Kevin Durant scored 30 points as Oklahoma City snapped a 14-game losing streak and picked up its first road win of the season Saturday night at Memphis.

Jeff Green added 22 for the Thunder, which improved to 2-16. Russell Westbrook made the first start of his career and scored 12 points. Damien Wilkins and Desmond Mason finished with 11 each.

The Thunder found itself down big early, but didn't give up. OKC rallied from 14 down with a strong third quarter. Green hit consecutive 3-pointers midway through the fourth to take the lead, and OKC finished the game with a 12-3 run.



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Added: December 1, 2008