Sunday, July 22, 2007

Durant on TV Tonight

Looking for another chance to see Kevin Durant in action? He'll be playing with the U.S. Men's Senior National Team tonight in a televised intra-squad scrimmage as part of the National Team's mini-camp in Las Vegas. 17 players are competing for 12 spots on the U.S. roster for the World Championships, also in Vegas, and Durant seems to be impressing in the early going.'s Dave McMenamin is in Las Vegas covering all the action and reported Durant was very impressive in the first day of U.S. practice.

During a shooting drill before the scrimmages started Billups found Durant in the corner for an NBA three, excitedly yelling, “Stick it young fella!” as Durant calmly swished it.

Coach K saw the exchange and came over with a huge smile on his face, almost a look of admiration, when he said to Chauncey, “He can really shoot it, can’t he?”

Durant went on to hit most of his looks during the scrimmages, including back-to-back threes late in the final one with Blue down big to make the score end up being somewhat respectable.

Also check out McMenamin's brief Q&A with Durant. And here's a quick note on new Sonics Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo in Vegas to watch Durant (apparently GM Sam Presti has been spotted at the practices as well).

The scrimmage is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Pacific, but it appears it will be televised only on tape delay around here, at 7:00 p.m. on FSN.