When you have 20 minutes to spare I’d recommend watching this video of Kevin Durant playing at the legendary Goodman League in D.C. last Friday. Durant scores 62 and hits a league record 10 3-pointers. Unfortunately, the video only captures the game’s final 21 minutes. But trust me, it’s worth a look. (Beware of a little graphic language in the video).
You might not be a fan of streetball, and it’s obvious on the video that defense is not high on the priority list, but you clearly can see how pure Durant’s shot is. He effortlessly hoists 3s from a good five feet behind the line before watching them hit nothing but net.
This from the league’s official Web site: “So effortless is his stroke, so good is his ball-handling ability, combined with that inner fire to be a leader is a recipe for a true superstar. Forget everything you see on T.V., he’s better than that. He’s quicker than you think, shoots farther out that you can believe and handles the ball unbelievably well for someone 6-10. It’s hard to imagine he’s only (two years) removed from the 12th grade.”
Before you ask why is the Rookie of the Year and Oklahoma City’s franchise player playing on the playground, look at it as a positive. Durant can’t stay away from basketball. That’s a good thing.
This from GM Sam Presti at the Orlando Summer League: “If he wasn’t playing here, he’d be playing somewhere else. It’s not like we’re forcing him. With Kevin, if there’s a ball bouncing, it’s a good bet he’ll find his way into the game.”