New Kevin Durant shoe to honor Native Americans

Kevin Durant's latest edition of signature shoes is set to release Saturday, and this version will pay homage to the Native American community.

The Nike Zoom KDV N7 will be turquoise and black with traces of yellow.

This will be the second time Durant has had a special N7 version of his shoe.

Nike N7 is a project launched by Nike in 2009, and it has raised more than $2 million for Native American and Aboriginal youth sports programs. A portion of those funds have benefited Oklahoma-based groups such as the Native Youth Sports Foundation, which oversees the Jim Thorpe Games and the Ottawa County Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Playing in Oklahoma City has connected me to the mission of Nike N7 and the meaningful impact that it has with Native Americans here and across North America, Durant said in a Nike press release. “The new N7 KDV is very special. I believe in the power of sport to change lives, and I support helping youth in Native American communities experience the positive benefits of being physically active.”

WESTBROOK, DURANT RANKED AS TOP FIVE PLAYERS

A panel of 111 ESPN.com and ESPN affiliated writers and analysts rated each of the league's players to identify the top 30, and the Thunder's Durant and Russell Westbrook both ranked in the top five.

Durant ranked second behind LeBron James, while Westbrook ranked fifth. Chris Paul ranked third, and Kobe Bryant ranked fourth.

The website annually lists its rankings for all NBA players in the summer but concluded the unveiling of an amended and abbreviated list this week.
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Kevin Durant hiring Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is the first NBA All-Star to defect to rapper and mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports agency, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Roc Nation is a newly formed agency that has been aggressively pursuing star players in the NFL, MLB and now the NBA.

Kevin Durant is hiring Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports as his new representative. (USA Today Sports)
Sports Business Journal first reported Durant's move.

"KD doesn't want a traditional NBA agent anymore," a league source with knowledge of his thinking told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night. "He wants Jay-Z to handle his branding. …He had a chance to be with his idol and couldn't say no."
League executives and agents wonder whether the move to Jay-Z and Roc Nation could eventually lead to the agency pushing for Durant to depart small-market Oklahoma City for the opportunities of New York or Los Angeles.
Durant is signed with the Thunder through the 2015-16 season.
Jay-Z is divesting his small ownership interest in the Brooklyn Nets to allow him to become an agent, but a source told Yahoo! Sports that he has yet to be certified with the National Basketball Players Association.
 Durant is changing representation for the second time in two years. He had most recently been with Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports, who also represents Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Houston Rockets guard James Harden.
In Durant's year with Pelinka, the first-team All-NBA star became the league's most marketed player in national television spots with the likes of Nike, Degree and Sprint. Few, if any, NBA players have been as visible on television as Durant.
"We are honored and blessed to have worked on behalf of Kevin, for a brief period of time," Pelinka said in a statement. "He is an amazing person and athlete, and we are proud of our work and service toward advancing his brand in a manner that reflects the mutual qualities we share with Kevin."
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Thunder 120, Rockets 91

Kevin McHale tried to warn his team. The veteran of many postseason wars knew what was in store for his team in Game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. When McHale tried to explain to his youthful … Continue reading

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