Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Andre Iguodala explains Kevin Durant's constant improvement

BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 1, 2013

Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Denver guard Andre Iguodala won gold medals together on Team USA at the 2010 World University Games and at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Iguodala made note of how Durant constantly is improving his overall game and lightheartedly shared one potential explanation why.

“It's really good that he's still young and doesn't have a girlfriend yet and is focusing on basketball,” Iguodala said Friday, drawing laughter from reporters.

Iguodala's comment was relayed to Durant during his late morning interview session with roughly 15 newspaper and television reporters.

“He said that?” Durant asked with a smile. “Oh, man. I don't want to make anybody upset if they're watching this (on video). … Um, I guess so. I guess all my focus is on basketball.”

Denver point guard Ty Lawson, Durant's longtime friend and former teammate in AAU ball and at Oak Hill Academy, was asked for his thoughts on Iguodala's theory.

“Even if he did have a girlfriend,” Lawson began, “… um, I don't know. I don't know where he (Iguodala) is coming from with that. I'll leave that one alone.”

KD IS NOT NICE

Iguodala also had fun with Nike's new ad “KD IS NOT NICE.”

“KD is not nice,” Iguodala said. “He's not, really. He's kind of cocky and he's a killer. He's not quiet and he's not just a friendly guy. When he gets on the court, he's all about business and it's fun matching up against him. He doesn't talk trash at all. He talks to himself and he's always in attack mode. He just enjoys playing the game.”

Durant on Iguodala: “Andre's my guy, one of the guys I really look up to. Of course he's a great basketball player, but the way he carries himself, how hard he works and how selfless he is. He could easily be a 19 (points), eight rebounds, seven assists guy, but he's one of those guys who plays within the team's concepts, getting everybody involved, rebounding when he needs to, defending. He's doing it all for them and I really admire him for that.”

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