Officially speaking, Kevin Durant is a 6-foot-9 superstar NBA forward, drawing millions of dollars annually from the OKC Thunder and all of his corporate partners.
But, even KD adds a few inches to his frame when chatting up the ladies.
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) May 4, 2016
The Wall Street Journal spoke to the former MVP and other ballers about why they struggle with admitting the truth about their height:
This mysterious revelation came during a routine discussion after a regular-season victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder star was describing his game-winning block on the Clippers’ Chris Paul, and that’s when he confessed. “He’s 6 feet tall,” Durant said, “and I’m 6-11.” […] It was a rare example of Durant slipping up by mentioning his actual height. Since joining the league, Durant has gone with an extremely conservative height, one that Thunder teammate Steven Adams calls “bull—.”
He’s not alone. NBA game programs across the country are littered with inaccuracies when it comes to player height. The widespread misrepresentations highlight a funny thing about the NBA: Its players, despite being taller than most of the other 2.7 billion men on earth, lie about their height like everyone else. […] Durant’s case is particularly odd, though, since he stretched the truth to make himself shorter.
“For me, when I’m talking to women, I’m 7 feet,” he said. “In basketball circles, I’m 6-9.” […] There’s actually a basketball reason behind Durant’s white lie. “But really, I’ve always thought it was cool to say I’m a 6-9 small forward,” he said. “Really, that’s the prototypical size for a small forward. Anything taller than that, and they’ll start saying, ‘Ah, he’s a power forward.’ ”