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Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Knicks fans are hoping for a very productive offseason, and landing Kevin Durant is one of their top priorities. But does Durant even want to play in New York? 

Based on an old video, it doesn't look like it. 

A video from two years ago surfaced on Friday with Durant telling someone "Never" when asked when he was playing for the Knicks...

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The DNL panel discusses the Knicks' chances of signing Kevin Durant after free agency begins on July 1.

Kevin Durant hasn't made any plans to meet with the Knicks.

"We'll see after I leave here," Durant said on Monday at an event announcing Team USA in New York City.

Durant said he didn't want to talk about free agency on Monday, but did take time to compliment the Knicks for their big addition of Derrick Rose to the lineup of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

It's the question on every Nets' fan's mind now that the Thunder have been officially bounced from the playoffs: Can the Nets figure out a way to get Kevin Durant to take up permanent residence at Atlantic and Flatbush?

NetsDaily was right on the ball Tuesday morning, putting together a nice primer on Durant's ties to the area, including the fact that he's represented by Roc Nation and the recent hiring of Adam Harrington. So too was Mike Mazzeo's report he put together back in January that examined how New York may appeal to this summer's most coveted free agent. And, as NetsDaily was quick to point out, Mazzeo had sources beyond his speculation his report.

Will Durant flirt with Brooklyn just to get a better deal elsewhere, or if his interest in genuine? Unfortunately, there is just no way to know until negotiations start to unfold.

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Now that the Oklahoma City Thunder have been eliminated from the NBA playoffs, the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes can officially begin.

It remains unclear if Durant played his last game in an OKC jersey in Monday night's Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors, but it could have been. Free agency begins July 1.

"We just lost like 30 minutes ago, so I haven't even thought about it," Durant told reporters after the game.

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Kevin Durant went off for 44 points and 14 rebounds as the Thunder beat the Knicks, 128-122, in OT on Tuesday. (Brad Penner / USA Today)
Kevin Durant went off for 44 points and 14 rebounds as the Thunder beat the Knicks, 128-122, in OT on Tuesday. (Brad Penner / USA Today)

NEW YORK -- Even without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks may have impressed Kevin Durant.

And he was certainly impressive against the Knicks.

On a night when Anthony was sidelined with a sore left knee, Durant went for 44 points, 14 rebounds and five assists as the Thunder fended off the under-manned Knicks, 128-122 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.

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The Nets (20-24) lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-10) tonight by a score of 120-95.

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[sny-box] A Shaun Livingston steal and dunk cut the Thunder deficit to 17-16 at the 4:57 mark of the first quarter.

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Earlier this week, ESPN Insider projected J.R. Smith to be a top-10 shooting guard in 2013-14. Now, the site has shifted its focus onto the forwards.

Projecting the top 10 power forwards for the upcoming season, analyst Bradford Doolittle placed Carmelo Anthony in the No. 10 spot. According to Doolittle, Anthony's 11 WARP -- the first double-digit offensive efficiency total -- is combated by a poor defensive effort.

"His offensive efficiency spiked with his position shift, and his acceptance of the move," Doolitte wrote. "The downside of the tweak is Anthony's lack of defensive acumen. His defensive rebounding was fine when he was a 3, but one position over, it doesn't look too good. Anthony does, without a doubt, score a lot of points. Make of that what you will."

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P.J. Carlesimo is off to a 3-1 start as interim head coach of the Nets, including an improbable win against the NBA?s top team in the Oklahoma City Thunder. He'll look to make it 4-1 tonight when the Nets visit the Washington Wizards.

For Carlesimo, the win might have been a bit sweeter, since he was the first coach in the Thunder?s history. However, his tenure lasted only 13 games as he was fired after a 1-12 start.

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Tonight at 8 p.m., the Nets take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, owners of the best record in the NBA.

The Nets are coming off a blowout loss to the Spurs, and a win tonight in OKC, where the Thunder are 16-2, is a tall order.

It will take an overall team effort to even have a respectable showing tonight. The Nets have never won (0-3) in Oklahoma City.

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On Tuesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 117-111.

The Skinny: Of the all the offensive weapons on the Thunder, defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha came out with the hot hand from the outside, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. Deron Williams connected on his first four shots, including two three pointers, for 12 points after criticizing himself recently about his poor shooting. Russell Westbrook added 10 first-quarter points, but he was forced to sit with two fouls. The high-scoring first quarter ended with the Thunder leading by three.

Both teams shot lights out to start the second quarter, but the Nets hit a cold spell. Kevin Durant began heating up near the rim, and Westbrook kept up his offensive pace, which helped Oklahoma City open a 12-point lead as part of a 9-0 run. Durant scored 14 points in the quarter, and the Thunder led by 13 at the break.

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Via Bleacher Report
Those who love and live for sports enjoy nothing more than arguing about things that have no clear cut answer. And asking who "the best" is at anything is often futile. Being dubbed "the best" is subjective, especially when comparing individuals whose existence never overlapped. Ultimately, the question as to who is "the best" is one whose answer will be determined by what the opinion owner holds to be most near and dear to their subconscious.

If you go by rings, it's Bill Russell. If you go by leadership qualities, it's Magic. If you go by legend and legacy, it's Jordan. If you go by stats, it's Oscar.

But for sure, you can't sit back and claim one player is better than another if there is absolutely, positively no objective basis for doing so. You need?something.

That's why the recent allegation of?Carmelo Anthony?being the most overrated small forward in the NBA is a contention that is laughable at best. It might be appropriate to suggest that the nameless offenders that are responsible for starting this mess?whose intention was to generate traffic and water cooler talk?deserve to be tarred and feathered.

I had a massive debate this time last year on twitter. Durant was able to take a few steps forward this year in terms of the playoffs, so right now he has a slight edge because he's a bit better defender, although it's not nearly the wide?margin people would lead you to believe. The ball is in Melo's court, when he gets the chance, to move back in the lead of this debate, but the points attached are well-thought and strong.
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