OKLAHOMA CITY -- An injury-plagued Kevin Durant is back on his feet, but he's not playing basketball yet.
Durant and his new teammate, Steve Novak, surprised a group of second graders with a celebrity-style reading circle at Parkview Elementary Thursday.
School educators say inspiration starts at home with parents, but they also say the assist from Thunder players definitely helps.
Kevin Durant stood in front of the second grade class and recited the Read To Achieve pledge, "Reading is fun and books are cool too."
For second-graders, Noah Gallego and Cloe Hammett, it was a reading adventure they'll bookmark for the rest of their lives.
"It was really fun," Gallego said.
"It means a lot to me," Hammett said.
Meaning is a sentiment that KD shares, too.
"As much as these guys think we come in here and inspire them, they definitely inspire us," Durant said.
Assistant Principle Donna Collier says it was not only exciting for the kids, it was also a great teaching moment.
"What we try to teach in school, and to help them, is just to read and become superstars in their own powers," Collier said.
The kids would have some big shoes to fill, but they say they are up to the task.
When Andrew Donley asked Gallego, "Does this make you want to read even more?" the shy boy replied, "Uh-huh."
Von Jackson, a parent of one of the students, says finding inspiration can be hard, but he hopes this gets the ball rolling for the kids.
"It shows them that outside their household, people who really don't need it, still think it's important, and it's a big deal to them. It may make some light bulbs come on for some of them," Jackson said.
KD says while he is working hard to inspire the youth, we can expect him back on the court soon.
The kids say with as much as today meant to them, they're ready to see him back on the court as well, inspiring the entire Thunder Nation.