Kevin Durant: ‘I’m Just Not Obsessed With Winning Championships’

Collecting championship rings is not Kevin Durant‘s raison d’être.

The back-to-back NBA Finals MVP says he plays basketball for a myriad of reasons, including personal growth.

KD isn’t chasing the ghost of Michael Jordan the way Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have.


“Who would have imagined I’d be in the same sentence as MJ?” Durant asked.

But busting into Jordan-level historical debates hasn’t unleashed within Durant any hunger to win them — at least not yet. “He’s not chasing a ghost,” [Wayne Pratt, KD’s father] says. “He’s not trying to be MJ, or pass MJ.”

“I mean, I’m crazy about winning, don’t get me wrong,” Durant tells “I’m just not obsessed with winning championships. It’s not the only reason I play. I play for my individual growth.”