Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is best known as a bright young man who always does his homework, leaves a plate of cookies and glass of milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, and scores upwards of 30 points per game even though he's just 22 years old. Based on popular opinion, you'd think he were about to lead the NBA into a golden age in which no one ever gets in trouble with the law and the only nationally televised decision anyone makes involves choosing whether to support one charity or five. (Hint: It's always the latter!)

Of course, Durant is a little more complicated than that: he's a product of his era, not some halcyon age when hip-hop was just something rabbits did when they were happy. (Incidentally, he probably wouldn't have been allowed to shoot more than a few times a game in that era, but who's paying attention.) Like many players his age, Durant has tattoos, and he also has friends that are often seen as representing all that's wrong with today's NBA. That doesn't make him a problem child: it just means he's a human being. The same goes for his good friend Michael Beasley, who cant be all bad if he hangs out with someone as well-liked as KD.

Durant, like many NBA stars, has a decision to make about whether or not to play overseas next season. He recently solicited advice from an unlikely source. Here's Michael Lee for The Washington Post (via Matt Moore):

Durant said that after speaking with Stephen Jackson and a few other players last week, he has decided to set a deadline of Oct. 1. "Once we really know the season is not going to start at regular time, that's when you make the decision," he said. "I guess when October hits, it's really going to get real for me. I don't want to do it too early and be locked into something, knowing we're going to play. I'm going to keep my options open."

Oh, Stephen Jackson. That makes sense. He's always seemed like a very reasonable fellow.