Kevin Durant is back on the court at this week’s USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas. With all that happens during a single NBA season, it’s sometimes easy to forget KD’s stellar MVP year was—relatively speaking—in recent history.
Durant took notice that people seem to be doubting his skill set, but he’s ready to give ’em all a reminder—and not just by blocking little kids’ shots. He says he feels like “the best player in the world.”
Via The Washington Post:
While speaking to reporters this week at a two-day USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, Durant joked he couldn’t go anywhere this summer without someone on the street “trying him” with a challenge to play one-on-one.
“I guess they haven’t seen me in a while,” Durant said with a smile.
Aside from watching the Oklahoma City Thunder’s summer league team in Orlando, Durant had maintained a relatively low profile this offseason. But Durant re-introduced himself to the world basketball stage, as one of the 34 American players — including reigning MVP Curry, the player’s choice MVP Harden and four-time MVP James — invited to train in non-contact drills in anticipation of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Showing no ill effects from having bone graft surgery on his right foot nearly four months ago, Durant was relaxed, invigorated and assured that the time away had done nothing to diminish his stature in the game.
“I feel like I’m the best player in the world,” Durant told reporters this week. “No disrespect to other players here, but I always got that confidence. … I never had no doubts in myself.”