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Kevin Durant is built like the answer to some sphinxian riddle: What has the offensive skills of a Michael Jordan, the rip-out-your-lungs-and-eat-them drive of a Michael Jordan, but is taller and rebounds better than a Michael Jordan? Or maybe a Jeopardy! square: “Basketball maven John Hollinger scored this rookie prospect as the best out of college over the past half-decade.” (“Who is Kevin Durant? I’ll take Rookies with $60 Million Nike Contracts for $800, Alex.”)

He averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds a night for the University of Texas in his only year of college, and ought to start throwing down 20 a game for the Ray Allen-less Supersonics in no time, perhaps as soon as his ninth pro game, in Miami. This is, no doubt, a draw for Heat fans. For not only can you witness Durant in the molting phase, but also you can get in on tagging this phenom with a worthy moniker. At present, his Wikipedia page lists the following nicknames for Durant: KD, K-Dog, K-Smoove, and Jesus. Until you come up with something better, you’ll probably find yourself calling him Jesus, loudly and by complete accident. Prepare to blaspheme at the American Airlines Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m
Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2007


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