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Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie


Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie

On Tuesday, the Thunder signed P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract.

The rookie will wear No. 35 with Oklahoma City.

That's the number Kevin Durant rocked as a member of the Thunder.

Why did Dozier pick it?

"My cousin, my second cousin, is Reggie Lewis. He used to play for the Boston Celtics," Dozier explained to reporters. "That's all it is. It wasn't anything other than that, honestly."

Did anybody say anything to him when he asked for No. 35?

"No. Honestly, I didn't even think twice about it. I had it in preseason at Dallas. I saw it was open and just took advantage of it."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Durant: Greek Freak favorite to watch, has 'best player to ever play' potential


Durant: Greek Freak favorite to watch, has 'best player to ever play' potential

In his latest way of connecting with fans on YouTube, Kevin Durant answered questions through a video for nearly 20 minutes on Friday. 

One fan asked the Warriors' star forward who his favorite player is to watch in the NBA. Durant mentioned Steph Curry, but had to go with someone other than his two-time MVP teammate. 

"Greek Freak, probably the No. 1 guy I like to watch," Durant said. He also brought up both CJ McCollum of the Blazers and Pelicans big man Anthony Davis before continuing on about Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

"Greek Freak I think is a force. I've never seen anything like him," Durant said. "His ceiling is probably -- he could end up being the best player to ever play if he really wanted to. That's pretty scary to think about.

"He's by far my favorite player to watch."

Antetokounmpo, 22, broke out for a career year last season as he averaged 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. He became the fifth player in NBA history to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in one season.

Order up: Durant invests in Pieology


Order up: Durant invests in Pieology

Kevin Durant is hoping you're down for a slice of pizza or two. 

Durant Co., the business branch of the Golden State forward's brand, has invested in Pieology -- an assembly-line style, on-the-spot pizza company -- according to a report in ESPN

Pieology has Bay Area locations in Oakland, San Leandro, Pleasant Hill and San Jose among their more than 140 franchises. 

"I went to a one of them and saw how quickly they did it and was really impressed with the quality. I just felt like, given how fast our lives our these days, we don't want to wait for our pizza anymore."

"We recognize what KD can bring to us as a partner and investor and through the brand equity he adds, especially with his social following," said Pieology CEO Carl Chang. 

Durant has 17 million followers on Twitter and 8.8 million followers on Instagram.

Of course, comparisons will be made between Durant's investment and LeBron James, who invested in another pizza company, Blaze, back in 2012. 

"This isn't about me versus LeBron," Durant said. "I think we do have different interests and we handle things differently, but the respect for each other is there. I do think we, as athletes, have realized the value of our stock these days, of the control that we have over what makes us valuable, including our social media accounts."