Not that any further evidence was needed to prove his love for the game, but no NBA player logged more miles this offseason looking for a pickup game than Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant.
The two-time scoring champ loves him some hoops. It shows during the season and certainly didn't disappear during the league's 149-day lockout, when Durant ventured from China, to the Philippines, New York City, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Long Beach and Oklahoma City to strut his stuff.
Just for giggles, he threw in flag football games in Stillwater and Akron, Ohio.
At Thunder media day last Tuesday, no player's smile was wider than Durant's. Durant's legs might soon be wobbling, but his enthusiasm is rock solid.
"(I) feel like a rookie just getting drafted, you know," Durant said. "We took so much time off, but I'm excited fans get to enjoy the game again that we get to play the game we love. I'm glad it (the lockout) got over sooner than I thought. I thought we would be out at least end of January, but I'm glad we're back."
Durant faces his most demanding NBA season yet as the Thunder squeezes 66 regular-season games into 118 days. Though there are 16 fewer games than a normal season, they are played in a much smaller time frame.
He's only 23, but there's already significant mileage on the Durant odometer.
Only eight players in history played more total minutes (11,930) or averaged more minutes (38.0) in their first four NBA seasons than Durant. Six of them — names like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird — are in the Hall of Fame.
Then there's his international experience. In the summer of 2010, Durant and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook were teammates on the gold medal Team USA squad at the FIBA World Championships. There were occasions the team played on back-to-back-to-back days.
Every NBA team plays at least one back-to-back-to-back stretch and some teams also play five games in six days.
The two stretches frequently are paired together and such is the case for OKC, which from Jan. 6-11 plays three straight nights against Houston, Houston and San Antonio, followed by an off day, then back-to-back games at Memphis and New Orleans.
The Thunder actually caught a break in the scheduling, facing four of the closest teams in proximity. Only Dallas is closer.
Among active players in minutes played per game, Durant is in a three-way tie for second with Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala and former Oklahoma great Blake Griffin with the Clippers. Miami's LeBron James leads the way with a 40.1 career average in minutes.
Durant averaged 28.2 minutes per game for Team USA two summers ago. Westbrook, who has averaged 33.9 minutes his first three years with the Thunder, averaged 19.4 minutes at FIBA, yet he and Durant said they felt the affects of a hectic schedule.
"That next morning I felt it," Durant said, rubbing his leg. "It wore off after a few hours, but that next morning and was kind of sore. But that's what you play the game for, man. You've got to play through it, be a professional and come to work."
Durant's minutes this season will likely remain close to 38.0. The average could dip if the Thunder has some blowouts, but a minute or two here or there don't figure to make much difference.
"I think my adrenalin is going to push me through the whole season, probably," Durant said.