Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm  |  26 responses

Kevin Durant Feels the OKC Thunder Season Wasn’t Wasted

Despite his team coming up considerably short of expectations, largely due to Russell Westbrook’s knee injury, Kevin Durant is taking a philosophical approach to things. KD says the season wasn’t a waste, and envisions a very bright future for the OKC Thunder. Per the Oklahoman: “It began when he was asked if this season was a wasted year of his life. But after Kevin Durant provided a level-headed and mature response, filled with perspective and void of hyperbole, his answer seemed to almost sell short his competitive spirit. ‘Nothing’s ever a wasted year for me. It’s basketball,’ Durant said. ‘I’ve grown so much as a man since the beginning of the season. I’ve grown so much as a leader. Nothing is ever wasted.’ Durant, speaking Thursday at his season-ending news conference with reporters a day after the Thunder lost in Game 5 of its Western Conference semifinal to the Memphis Grizzlies, went on to say there are more important things in his life. ‘Of course the ultimate goal in this league is to win a championship. But I’m never going to say I wasted a year,’ Durant said. ‘I’m blessed to even wake up and do something I love every day. So it’s never wasted. We take that for granted a lot. But that’s something I’m not going to do. I enjoy playing this game. I enjoy playing for this city, my teammates. So every day I get to see those guys and go through some tough times and laugh and argue, it’s never wasted. I’m just blessed to be here. And I’m never going to take it for granted.’ [...] Following his response, Durant was then asked what he would say to possible critics who might hear his outlook and question his competitive fire. ‘I don’t give a damn. I’m going to be who I’m going to be,’ Durant said. ‘I’m not Kobe Bryant. I’m not Michael Jordan. I’m not LeBron James. I’m not Magic Johnson. I’m me. I’m not going to ever compromise myself, my integrity and what I believe in for winning some basketball games and winning a championship. That’s just not I how I was brought up.’”

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  • Andrew

    Awesome comment. Nothing like being able to sleep at night knowing you did NOT sell your soul.

  • bike

    What this really mean is KD is waking up in the middle of the night covered with sweat screaming ‘the season was a total WASTE!, a fuck*n complete DISASTER!, oh god I WANNA DIE!’

  • VanCityBBall

    I only fear that the KD’s, and the DRose’s, and CAnthony’s of the NBA will feel what it was like to be a JStockon, RMiller or CBarkley’s in the Jordan era… playing their guts out but always having to put up with that pescky LJames…

  • i_ball

    Nah.. Dwade is on the decline now and KS and DRose are still very young. They will play each other in the Finals one day. Might be 5 years from today but they will.

  • playa

    Hell yeah Kevin, you weren’t second after all…..

  • roscoe

    what happens to bron bron’s legacy if he loses in this finals…???

    that will be 1-3 on the biggest stage… thoughts??

  • roscoe

    hey smart guy… he would have had to lose in the finals to get that honor… duh

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    wow, this actually moved/inspired me a little bit. Enough to make me go play ball at the park haha

  • RKJ92

    Maybe you should stick to riding Kobe’s d*ck instead of trying to make LeBron James look bad by your subtle, and stupid sh*t-storm question..

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    tell him! roscoe is a fool

  • Blackbird

    Sit yo ass down on the bench whitey

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    lol please

  • Blackbird

    Sure buddy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    okay guy

  • roscoe

    easy big chief…

    i was just bringing up a possible fact of the matter at the end of this year…

    just curious what the peeps have to say.

  • roscoe


    D dot Sanchez, if Bron bron loses in the finals and is 1-3 on the biggest stage….

    what does that mean for his dominance and legacy???

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    bron’s a big deal, he lost 2 finals. its not like we see him as this invincible icon like jordan.

    well atleast i dont.

  • pposse

    if somehow some way the Heat lose, the first thing that should happen is firing Spo. Someone has to take the blame. I don’t think he’s a good coach anyways, he tries to be all philosophical but on tv he comes off as kind of slow. Secondly the media will start to compare Lebron James to Peyton Manning and talk about how he might be the greatest regular season player ever, but doesn’t perform to the levels he set for himself (with his high level play in the regular season) when it matters most.

  • pposse

    when you say ‘we’ i think you mean ‘I’ – i get the vibe that a lot of people in here are slowly trying to build an argument for Lebron being better than MJ. For the record I don’t think he has a chance to get to that level.

  • pposse

    By KD mentioninig MJ, Magic, Lebron and Kobe one should wonder if that his Mt. Rushmore of bball players. Nonetheless KD is mature beyond his years, can’t help but root for the guy

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    sorry, yes i ment I.

    Lebron’s a classic player. no doubt. but just like you, i dont see him as a jordan type.

  • roscoe

    your manning example is pretty good… except that manning & bron bron’s public images are quite different…

    it will be interesting to see how the perception changes from all the so-called experts or talking heads of bron bron if he loses in the finals again.

    as for spo gettting fired u r probably correct that he will… but this potential loss in the finals will be a result of MIA’s lack of size & boards (sub-story will be dwades health)… PRINT IT

  • roscoe

    i hear you, just curious if that perception changes.

  • Bandwagonfan

    You hater, youre biased. Dont join this kindof conversation

  • pposse

    really? Manning is a media ‘darling’ and other then Brons decision antics he never made a misstep with the public imo. Lebron is a good guy all around, even his haters i.e.: skip bayless has been shut up and now compliments him whenever he can.

    As far as myself being a ‘so called expert’ i will be demanding The Shock Exchange to refer to Lebron James as “Fisher Jr.” because the reality is “he plays with exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” Horry was taken, so i guess Derrick Fisher is next in line?!

    I disagree with the blame being placed on Miami’s size. From a business stand pt I don’t see how Miami can realistically get any sort of top tier big man when its been shown over the past years that if your a big with any type of talent your worth 12 million a year. How can Miami afford that when they have a top tier pf, sf, and sg all making near 20 mill a season if not more? Anyways, this this is all predicated on Miami losing, which for the record i don’t see happening.

  • roscoe

    i agree w/ u re: bron bron, great guy, but idk if everyone feels the same… he gets little tv time w/ ads & such… research this before u get upset… he is a beast & should be all over tv & is not, so that makes me think he is not so beloved. i’d love to see the analysis on bron bron’s marketing prowess.

    & don’t bring SE into this! why, oh, why?

    for MIA from a biz standpoint… if the owner, Mr. Carnival Cruise-line, didnt have so many bad pooh voyages maybe he could afford a decent big. No excuses.

    gold balls are achieved thru cabbage disbursement.

    MIA is going down in the Finals. PRINT IT.