Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 5:20 pm  |  37 responses

Kevin Durant: ‘I Don’t Feel Like a Superstar’

Kevin Durant opened up about what he needs to improve on as a ballplayer, and how he perceives himself (which is a complete 180 from how the rest of the world views the OKC Thunder’s wondrous forward.) NBA.com has the Q&A: “Where do you think your game can evolve to? KD: ‘Well, eventually, just being a completely all-around player, a guy who can get triple doubles. I haven’t got one yet in five years, but I know my time is coming to get one of those. I want to be a guy that can consistently do it almost every night. And I think doing that is the mental part of the game, watching film, see where I can help my teammates, how I can score easier, where I can rebound at. I’ve got to continue to just keep watching and keep learning every day.’ When you’d watch those teams the last couple of years, did you envision your team getting there? KD: ‘I knew we had a chance. I knew we had a chance to do it if we continued to grow individually first, and come together as a group, collectively, to do it. I pointed at myself. I looked in the mirror and just told myself if I grew as individual player, then that means my team was going to do better. So I just tried to kick it into full drive this summer and work as hard as I can every day, and just play every day. Once you just play the game, you start to pick up habits. You start to see things a little differently. That’s what I did.’ Me: Do you feel like a different kind of superstar? KD: ‘I don’t feel like a superstar, to be honest. You say ‘superstar,’ you gotta look at guys like the Kobe Bryants and the LeBrons and the DWades, where they can’t go to the mall. They can’t even go to the McDonalds. They just get swarmed. Carmelo Anthony, I’ve seen that up close, where people just love those guys. As opposed to me, I can just be regular. I can walk out, walk down the street, go to the mall, go to the gas station, and people don’t even recognize me. I like it like that. I always wanted to consider myself as a good basketball player, and I’m not there yet.’ But you can be anonymous in Oklahoma City. In New York, you couldn’t do that. KD: ‘I think it’s the other way around. I think now, that we’ve made it to the Finals and we’ve gotten better over the years, I go up to the mall and three or four people recognize me. Five or six see me at the McDonalds. But if I was in New York, I’d just be another person. There’s so many stars there in New York and L.A., I could walk around and just be me. But I like it here. I love the people here. They’re great to play for. Great people to be around.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    lmfaoooo KD wouldn’t be able go anywhere in NY lol

  • Jono

    That “Oh I’m such a nice and humble guy” talk is getting old real fast.

  • Ldub

    Good mentality to have as the #1 guy. Dont get too full of yourself. However I disagree with one thing. KD is recognized by everyone. And if he hasnt been, he will be now anywhere he goes. Kid is destined for greatness. OKC is totally different than anywhere else in the L. But this dude will definitely begin to get tackled by fans soon enough!

  • TTWS3

    Actually, in NYC they would recognize you but at the same time we tend to leave the celebrities alone, at least from my experience. Such a humble guy though, what’s not to like about him?

  • Big Game James

    Really KD? Your going to play the superstar card?

  • anonymous

    @jono agreed. kd is someone who I would fall asleep on after 5 min of conversation. definitely not the most interesting person in the world. just worry about playing up to your potential son.

  • ChipS

    @Jono: It didn’t get old for Tim Duncan. He can’t change how he was raised. Some guys do change, some for better like players from the hood. Some for worse, like players forgetting where they came from. Small market OKC fits hime just fine.

  • jeremys6226

    KD is the most humble dude in the league and it’s completely genuine. Also, there’s no doubt he’s a superstar haha

  • Jono

    @ChipS No it didn’t and it’s because Tim Duncan just shut his mouth completely. IMO, Duncan is the greatest PF of all time when it’s all said and done. KD is just trying to promote himself with all this nice guy stuff, and while I don’t doubt he’s a nice guy, it’s enough already. We all know KD. Now can we please get back to basketball-related topics?

  • Jer dawg

    It’s tough not to like Durant. I’m rooting for Miami
    Because of a bet. I want to win my bet this year, but Durant
    Is pretty cool.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Which brings us to the M.H.P. (Most Humble Player) award. DRose owned it back-to-back-to-back. This year is a toss-up between KD and Perk.

  • jena

    He just seems to be an all around great guy. I hope he stays that way. I love Perk too. Outside of Kevin Garnett(celtics), Perkins is my next favorite player. Perkins is tough on the court but humble as a lamb off the court it seems. Durant and Perkins are great representations of the NBA.

  • LA Huey

    “You’re a superstar. That is what you are. Coming from above; reaching for the stars. Come away with me to another place. We can rely on each other from one corner to another.” Shout out to Dirt McGirt!

  • KaneDaddyBig

    I think KD is more genuine than Rose. People ran with the whole “Rose is so humble” bs just because he doesn’t speak much but if you pay attention he’s pretty arrogant. Getting annoyed at guys at the all-star game for dancing showed that he takes himself too seriously. I can’t see KD taking shots at other players for silly stuff like that.

  • ChipS

    Nothing wrong with trying to promote himself. I’d rather for him to be his humble self, than for him to put on a front of a diva. Nothing wrong with humbling yourself either.

  • http://www.thenation.com/blog/168311/do-you-know-your-enemy-why-we-should-all-root-miami-heat-beat-oklahoma-city-thunder# albie1kenobi

    i thought this was about all the ticky-tack foul calls he gets on the court.
    and shout out to LA Huey for that gem.

  • heyheyhey

    he said Kobe’s name first :’)

  • Lin-Dication

    Durant is definitely not up there with Kobe in terms of name recognition. Of course we all know who he is because everyone commenting here is a hoop head. But Durant isn’t as widely recognized to the casual fan as Kobe or Lebron. The other day I mentioned Durant to my boss, and he didn’t even know who Durant is. That totally blew my mind. I was like “Who’s Durant? Only one of the top five players on the PLANET!!!” But some people just don’t follow hoops like that.

  • Lin-Dication

    Although I’m sure anyone who is 6’9 with a string bean frame and Mr Fantastic-long arms will attract attention anywhere.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Kanedaddybig…Getting annoyed with certain people does not mean you aren’t humble. People say he’s humble, not Jesus. Besides who hasn’t been annoyed by Lebron and Dwight over the past two season? lol

  • KaneDaddyBig

    Nah, I don’t get annoyed at people having fun when you’re supposed to be having fun. Taking one’s self too serious is the exact opposite of humble. Why would he even care what they were doing at All-Star game introductions?

  • robb

    sure KD nobody would recognize you, I mean a 7′ dude buying a big mac that’s pretty normal right?

  • bashmo

    there is no way Kevin Durant is more humble than Derrick Rose. He called Chris Bosh a fake tough guy and told Scott Brooks through the media to shut up about turnovers. Although Rose is no saint, he’s more humble than durant…his on court demeanor as well is very introverted and quiet. Ive seen Durant talk trash to other players and even attempt to elbow Evan Turner in the HEAD. Youtube it if you want…

  • http://www.nba.com danfields

    we all dont know these nba players in person, maybe lebron is a real nice guy and maybe durant is a real jerk. we can only discuss and like or dislike the picture these guys transport to the public. and the reason why durant delivers this kind of being humble to the public, he is everybodys darling. and coz james acts like the bully of the block towards public not many people outside miami respect him and even if he wins a chip funny bron pics and clips wont change. people will go on making fun of him. even when people didnt like guys like jordan, olajuwon, duncan or shaq, you wouldntve found anything like the hatred that you see people have on james. i rlly hope that the thunder turn the series around to win it all to see a “humble” durant succeed over a jerk like james.

  • billups

    @LA Huey lol shouts out to Praswell!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    How is KD “promoting” himself as a humble guy. They asked the questions and he answered them candidly imo. Tho I think he’s totally wrong about not being recognized, I don’t think he’s putting on an act. And some of yall need to look up the definition of the word humble.

  • JML-G

    this ‘humble’ movement for players needs to end, grow some balls for christ sakes

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    lol @ people being mad about his humility…SMH.

  • http://Www.twitter.com/StarksIsAWESOME Starks

    Who cares who’s humble and whos not, nba players are too image conscious just go out there and do what you are paid to do and that’s win period too many grown ass men care about these guys personalities as if y’all want to date them smh I don’t know lebron or durant personally but they my 2 favorite players 2 watch but I don’t care what decisions they make because their life decisions don’t affect me what so ever

  • JMM

    You guys ate such haters. Dude is trying to keep it real and you’re slamming him. Let’s see how you change if I stuff a bunch of fame and money down your throat. I doubt you’re as likeable as KD.

  • tpathi1

    david stern took personality away from the nba…everyone in the league can easily be liked..kobe is the last one where you can hate on because of his attitude and the way he tries to reiterate over and over how he is the best in the league..you won’t hear lbj wade kd rose or anyone else say they are the best…lbj one time said he was going to win 7 rings or whatever and got hammered..but before and after that incident he never said anything off the wall..i was watching the dream team documentary and Patrick Ewing looked like a bigger g than these guys nowadays

  • tpathi1

    if the nba allowed hand checking maybe these superstars would get a little bit annoyed with each other for the way they play defense on each other..they would get annoyed with each other enough to call them out and make it a little entertaining..but the way it is now, these guys would rather compliment and be fans of each others games…go and work out together in the summer and all just be mentally weak if you ask me..D Rose is the only one that looks like he would be willling to engage in trash talking and i hope he does..i hope he reminds the league next year who the realest is!

  • Oh Nose

    SMH @ people comparing who is more humble

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    bottom line, I’d beat everyone in a humble contest…

  • derail

    I think any player who re-signs with such a small market team like OKC is as humbled as they could possibly come. He’s probably considered ‘boring’ in his interviews because he’s thinking about going home and playing video games. Afterall, the guy’s only 23 years old. I don’t necessarily believe in having sports figures as role models but some of them, Durant included, are doing it the right way.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    @ Wayno I see what you did there. lol

  • allen henry

    I think Kevin is a Superstar but moreover a great human being who loves life and people. He wil go far being just who he is and it would not hurt if more people quote unquote successful people humble themselves!