Kevin Durant: Post Game Has ‘Grown By Leaps and Bounds’

by September 28, 2011

Kevin Durant has been working out and playing maniacally during this offseason/lockout, and has placed special emphasis on a back-to-the-basket game. The Thunder superstar says his post game is coming along rather nicely. Per The Oklahoman Q&A: “My post game. I think it’s grown leaps and bounds with me being comfortable down there and having a different array of moves to work with. But it’s going to be tougher during the season to do that because of a lot of double teams. A lot of (defenders) are going to be watching if I sit in the post. If I catch it they’re going to bring a double team. So I’ve been working on passing out of it and making the right decisions as well.’ You know that’s the answer everybody wants to hear? ‘A lot of people want to see a post game, but they don’t really know what goes into it. I get a lot of opportunities to do that in the game but I get played a lot of different ways too. It’s not that easy to just go in there and sit down there and do a post move. Because if it was that easy I’d be doing it. But it’s a matter of me getting down there and fighting off double teams and making the right decisions. It’s a lot more than just going down there and posting up.’ I hear you were working out with Blake Griffin on your post game. ‘It wasn’t just on our post game. We were working with each other on different moves. Early in the summer we worked out for about a week to a week and a half out in LA. We helped each other a lot. He works hard and he’s a freak of nature. It was a joy working out with him.’ You’ve also done some work down in Miami with Joe Johnson. What did you take from those workouts? ‘I respect Joe a lot. He works hard, too. It felt like we were teammates going down there working. If the lockout keeps going, I’m going to stay down there and work out some more with him.’ Have you really been biking 40 miles at times this summer? ‘Yeah. I did it maybe five or six times in the span of two weeks. It was tough. I’d wake up at 6 o’clock and start at about 6:45 a.m. One time I didn’t come back until about 10:45 a.m. I got lost. I almost rode on the highway. But I feel stronger in my legs and my base. I did it for my base, being able to get lower and stay with my position and catch the ball where I want to catch it.”