After undergoing three surgeries to repair a fracture in his right foot and missing 55 games this season, an understandably frustrated Kevin Durant claimed that he wouldn’t be watching the NBA Playoffs.
As everyone knew at the time, KD wasn’t exactly being truthful; he’s been keeping close tabs on LeBron James and Stephen Curry’s Playoff odysseys and using them as motivation heading into next season.
Durant is back on the court taking part in light shooting drills, and the former MVP says he’s eager to remind everyone of his own individual greatness.
Once upon a time — as in a little more than a year ago — Kevin Durant was probably the only player worthy of being included in any discussion alongside LeBron James for title of best player in the game. […] But after three surgeries to repair a fracture in his right foot that caused him to miss 55 games this past season, the 2014 MVP understands why his name has slipped from a lot of minds as fans marvel at James’ and Stephen Curry’s electrifying performances in the NBA Finals.
“It used to piss me off, but I love it now,” Durant said. “Just gotta show and prove. I don’t deserve to be up there with them this year. Next year is a different story.”
“Sometimes you gotta remind people what you do,” Durant said last season. “They tend to forget.”