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Western foes go big to challenge L.A.

Updated: June 25, 2010, 2:33 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW YORK -- Ever since Oklahoma City was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by Los Angeles' Pau Gasol on a last-second Game 6 putback, it's been hard for Kevin Durant to watch anything basketball-related. Why? Because he would inevitably hear something about those Lakers.

"It was tough," Durant said Thursday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, where the 2009-10 scoring champ was on hand as a special NBA draft correspondent for NBA TV. "I would go places, and I had ...

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