Kevin Durant. A player, a man, that with the flick of a pen during free agency last year seemed to have changed the NBA landscape. Forever.
Above and beyond Durant’s basketball decision to join the Golden State Warriors for what ended in both an MVP and championship run, this is an unselfishly, special dude. A calm, chill, hard working, undercover philanthropist. A guy that doesn’t take the game for granted and gives and takes accordingly, but not out of proportion. Truth be told, Durant’s a better player and person than we all imagined as witnessed by his new documentary, Still KD: Through the Noise. Even before its release, one saw this side of Durant up-close the day he arrived in Oakland.
Durant is a good player. Sorry, he’s a damn good player! If you watched the NBA Finals last year, then you may have been just as confused as anyone as to who we should call King. Don’t think too much on that one, the answer is right in front of you and he’s wearing Royal Blue.
Critics will always whisper that Durant joined a ‘Super Team’ to win a championship, but in checking the stats and following his body of work, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Durant saw an opportunity to play a brand of basketball that is both fun and pure, live in a thriving Bay Area similar to that of his hometown DC, and do things on his terms. His terms include mentoring a young Pat McCaw and taking a payday haircut to bring back fellow teammates Shaun Livingston and Andre Igoudala for another run at greatness. Chatter be damned, Durant is grounded in what he wants to do and how he intends to go about it.
When’s the last time someone took a $9 million pay cut? Seriously.
For those who still question Durant’s decisions, dedication to his craft and team loyalty, then maybe, just maybe, you’ll eventually have a 4:44 epiphany. Right now, it’s Durant’s time and only Mark Jackson can say it better than anyone, “Mama, there goes that man!”
(This article was originally published on July 11, 2017)