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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 2:40 pm  |  68 responses

Kevin Durant Says He’s Tired of Being Second


This week’s SI cover subject is Kevin Durant, and KD lets the world know that he’s sick and tired of coming in second place all the time. Per the Oklahoman: “I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the finals. I’m tired of being second. I’m not going to settle for that. I’m done with it.’ [...] ‘I’m not taking it easy on [LeBron]. Don’t you know I’m trying to destroy the guy every time I go on the court?’”

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  • http://twitter.com/deejay7 Mr. Pate NOLA

    KD has gotta step up his defensive prowess like in that commercial if he’s really ready for that top spot. I really don’t see no one getting with them this year if they play their cards right. The Spurs want some but I don’t believe them nor ClipperNation nor the Rocky Mountain boys are ready. Sorry LakeShow but no #Mamba no wins. #orangeandblueskies this year. OKC or NYC.

  • bashmo

    Well he had better get used to it. Durant is a great, great player but LeBron is heads and shoulders the best player on the planet and on the best team on the planet as well. Not sure if Miami can be matched right now.

  • Anthony Dixon

    head and shoulders….. nah… maybe hairline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Shhhh…..don’t tell that to the “KD lacks fire” crowd.

  • shockexchange

    Until the Shock Exchange writes “The Kevin Durant Rules” he’s gonna have to deal with it.

  • j

    he needs to add on muscle

  • Max

    Can’t.

  • Max

    aka the people with an IQ lower than 50.

  • Nate C

    Shoulda traded Westbrook then, kept Harden

  • Max

    If we talking Lebron hairline, that’s ALOT!

  • k

    He is like Barkley, payton, karl malone and Lebron is like MJ. He might get an MVP but as long as Lebron is around….KD won’t get a chip…

  • j

    if he cant, then change his game to be more aggressive. kind of like a shawn kemp.

  • Sugarlips

    Might as well change his jersey number to #2. Worked for Kobe and Lebron when they changed theirs.

  • RayJr

    Just stop already.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Don’t tell The Seed.

  • bike

    Aw shucks Kev, someone has to be second. And is being second to a player who may be the GOAT all that bad? It doesn’t make you a bad person. Relax. Enjoy.

  • LOYALKBFAN4LIFE

    IDC what y’all gun say bout kd…. LAKESHOW GONA WIN IT ALL FOR MY BOY THA BLK MAMBA. D12 n GASOL r guna step it up. n nash gun be hitting 3s all over jus watch bruh….. WE DUN NEED BLK MAMBA LAKESHOW STILL GUN WIN THA CHIP THIS YEAR IDGAF WHAT U THINK THEY WILL!!!!!!

  • YoloJustinBieber

    You forgot to add Miami. Either that or you’re an ignorant NBA fan

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    those people can’t operate a key board

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He’s also 2nd on his team in shot attempts.
    .
    P.S. I hope to god that when he does win, he finishes 2nd in Finals MVP voting.

  • LeroyShonuff

    He ain’t gotta step up his defensive prowess he just needs to decide I wanna go for 40 a night. That’s all. Then he is no longer 2nd to anybody.

  • j

    and if he cant do that, then he can gtfo and quit basketball

  • KD lacks fire

    thts nt ytrue

  • Lil_Stratboy

    he’s second in shot attempts, second leader of his team after Westbrook! I wonder if they went to the Finals and Westbrook ended up being Finals MVP (which is highly possible) what he will say then.

  • roscoe

    Chip on the shoulder! You’re SECOND KD!

    Do something.

  • nhm

    Maybe, if he finished his 4years at college, he would be 3years removed from being second to lebron, plus he won’t be teammates with russ… then maybe,, he would be #1 somewhere.. that’s all in an alternate timeline though

  • http://twitter.com/WolfOMatic15 BMW

    The craziest thing about this is Sports Illustrated having an NBA cover at all. They do maybe 7 a year. Not a good basketball mag. SLAM>>>>SI

  • Slick Ric

    Let the dark side consume you KD.

  • ATL dynamite

    The rivalry between him and Lebron is gonna be interesting. Good to us fans.

  • ATL dynamite

    lol

  • ATL dynamite

    should you quit basketball?

  • robb

    Sorry KD you’re gonna be second for a while. By the way you’re the second in points per game too you forgot that one.

  • Conor

    Where was all this talk a year ago?

    Miami’s won once. If they win a second, this year or next, that may be the end of their run.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    wait a min… westbrook avgs more shots then KD? damn haha

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    so off hahah

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    little brother syndrome

  • palo

    You aint alone Kev…Darko Milicic is surely mad about being the 2nd pick too :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Lmaooooooooooooooooooooo, Spurs > Lakers.

  • The Seed

    This is the fire I have been talking about since last year. I bet you he will not be crying on his mom’s shoulder. Also I bet if they meet in the NBA Finals again, KD is throwing some elbows and playing with Fire to the Basket and flowing better. This is the KD that I want to see. This whole season has been the new KD. I was right about this FIRE. #NOTNICE

  • The Seed

    To Late

  • LakeShow

    Atta boy KD. Coming for that spot.

  • LOYALKBFAN4LIFE

    DUNCAN TOO OLD, PARKER SUX N GINOBILI AINT BLACK N HE CANT DUNK… WE GOT THE BEST CENTER IN THE LEAGUE AND EARL CLARK SHOULDVE BEEN 6MAN OF THE YEAR SMH. JUS W8 N SEE KOBE GONA COME BACK IN 2ND ROUND… PEAC3

  • http://twitter.com/BEdotwater Orlando Coolridge

    This just in: Spurs will lose because Ginobili “Not Black”

  • Jone

    you don’t win the mvp or the championship in scoring alone… you have to be an all around player… that is why durant or melo will not win coz they only know how to put up shots and nothing more… defense is also key and i dont see durant or melo defending anytime soon… specially melo.

  • danpowers
  • danpowers

    kid, u took this one a bit too serious, hm? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UCOI_lPNYA

  • http://twitter.com/jay258064 jay jay

    He’s on some new weed even rich ppl can’t even get lmao

  • JumpmanAZ

    The one problem is a man named “LeBron James”

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Get in line, KD. Apparently, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony are also tired of being second. Also, ever heard of a guy named Russell Westbrook?

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    LOL….

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    The person should be mad is suppose to be the person who decided to draft Darko…

  • chris

    DURANT is 6 letters. #35 add it together 3+5=8. Then subtracted 8 to 6 and it will equal to 2. coincidence? i think not..

  • LOYALKBFAN4LIFE

    OFC IM ON THAT GUD GUD DAWG… 4/20 WAS JUST A FEW DAYS BACK… STEVE BLAKE IS GOING TO SHUT DOWN TONY PARKER AND DUNCAN AINT GOT NOTHING ON GASOL N D12 BRUH BRUH… KOBE GONA TELL EM WUT 2 DO AND WE R GETTING THAT CHIP FOR HIM!!!! HE COMING BACK NEXT SERIES YALL KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BALL SMHH!!!!!

  • YOLOJustinBieber

    ^ Its comments like yours that make people despise the Lakers, BRUH BRUH

  • The Fury

    Ginobili can’t dunk?!?!…what the hell…??

  • Metrobus

    The only good thing about this sentiment is that Lebron perhaps will have some competition now. As fans of the game, this should be greatly appreciated

  • danpowers

    did u write the script for that 23 movie? lol

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol

  • Max

    You’re such a bad troll…

  • Max

    hahaha

  • Max

    The BLK MAMBAAAAA!!!!

  • Max

    KD is becoming more of an overall players every day.
    His D is good.

  • Max

    That would be such a stupid decision.

  • http://www.facebook.com/The.Royal.Duke.of.Kent Mike Kent

    As little of a typical PG Westbrook is, I think keeping their PG was best for the team. Harden as a good choice to move.

  • ubestnotmiss

    Too bad its CP3′s turn to be second this year.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    this made me lol!

  • Jimmy

    He’s tired of being second to Westbrook is what the article meant to say

  • Facts

    Yeah, because right after giving him a 5 year max deal in the first month of the 2012 season and signing shot blocker supreme Serge Ibaka to 4 yr 48 mil, why not go blockbuster deal and toss your current 2nd best player, who is super young???? ummm….Harden was up for an extension this year, Martin’s contract was expiring. So you rent Harden Junior in Martin, give up Harden, and not get screwed by the new CBA…..trading Harden was the hard truth the Thunder had to make.

    It’s pretty useless to talk about management without considering talent vs position vs the financial reality of the new CBA. Plz consider this before promoting what was and is a pipe dream.

    Facts – understand them.

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