Let young blood be warned: Kevin Durant, reigning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and Lebron James-Kryptonite, won’t be hanging up his jersey anytime soon.
Promoting the latest in his line of Nike sneakers, the Golden State Warriors’ towering small forward spoke to the press about how his wealth of accomplishments in the National Basketball Association (NBA)—two-time Champion, two-time Finals MVP, and former league MVP honors in 2014, to name few—are mere accolades that only stoke the flames. The appropriately-monikered “Slim Reaper” sees no flagging in the drive to cement his legacy.
“I just want to continue to experience more,” Durant says during his Manila visit last July 8. “I know I’ve worked my way up to a point that I can back information, knowledge, wisdom through this game.”
Durant, a native of Maryland, USA, is well-aware that the glory days don’t always stick; while he can, he plans on making the most out of his career.
“I’m just right in it,” Durant adds. “It’s too far to know what’s going to happen in the future. I’m getting the most I can out of this moment. I know what we’re doing doesn’t last forever, [so] as basketball players we have to maximize our physical abilities. It’s just been so fun.”
Durant, who will turn thirty years-old this September, also bares his undying passion for the game of basketball, and his will to inspire young people to pursue their passions. He was known both in Oklahoma and Oakland as a player who gives back to his city, building basketball courts and running his own charity.
The hunt for ring #3
On the heels of All-Star center Demarus Cousins’ signing with the Golden State Warriors, the Dubs, who had already comprised of four current All-Stars in its starting lineup, are all but poised to complete the elusive three-peat in June 2019.
Durant agrees, but says the mentality isn’t always fixated on gold.
“When you have a championship team, that’s always the goal,” Durant says. “But we never talk about championship, or holding up the trophy until we’re actually fighting for it. I think just going about your day, being consistent with your habits that’s going to build [us] up, and hopefully put ourselves in a position to win three in a row.”