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Durant: "I wish I was in the playoffs"

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm •  Published: May 15, 2009

Kevin Durant recently took time to be a guest on one of my favorite sports talk radio shows, the John Thompson show on ESPN 980 AM in Washington D.C. During the nearly eight-minute interview, Durant talked about the playoffs, the Kobe Bryant v. LeBron James debate and the Thunder’s outlook for next season.

Here’s a few snippets of the interview……

Q: Who’s better, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James…..
KD: “It’s hard to determine that. Once you play against those guys it’s hard to determine who’s best because they do different things for their teams. Just looking at different aspects of the game, I think Kobe’s a better scorer. Passing, I think LeBron’s a better passer. Rebounding, I think LeBron’s a better rebounder. So it’s just about what kind of player you want on your team. Both of those guys are great.  So I’d have to say they’re the 1a and 1b of the best players in the league.”
Q: Which player he’d want on the Thunder…….
KD: “I think I’d rather have LeBron, because he does so much on the floor. He rebounds, he blocks shots and he passes.”

Q: On playing playoff basketball……
KD: “That’s what you live for. That’s what all the competitive great players live for is to try to take their team to the Finals. Once the regular season is over and it’s time for the playoffs, I think your whole mindset changes. You have to win games or you go home, or your season’s over with. It’s plain and simple. Every team wants to be the last team standing. With me, I know if I’m in that position I don’t worry about anything else but winning. Coming into practices and shoot-arounds being focused. Coming into film sessions being focused and not playing around. I think that once you step on that floor it’s all business. I can’t wait until our team gets in that position and hopefully we (don’t) take it for granted.”

Q: On what the next step is for the Thunder…….
KD: “If we continue to get better as a team as training camp and preseason games roll around, just every small thing we need to get better at as a team because we’re still young. I think that we have a good chance to be there. But guys got to fed into what we’re bringing into training camp and get better. It starts off with the guys we’re drafting now and getting ready for that and working out as individuals in the summertime and making our individual games better. I think if everybody comes back more focused and ready to be a winning team and not think that we’re so young and we’re going through lumps, if we come into training camp thinking we’re a playoff team I think that’ll give us some momentum.”

Q: On who he thinks will win the championship….
KD: “I think Cleveland will win because every game they play they’ve locked teams up on the defensive end. And you’ve seen last year with Boston that’s what wins championships. Also, they have the MVP of the league in LeBron who’s doing everything for his team. So I think they have the best defense in the playoffs so far and those guys know what to do with that. And they help each other out a lot. They’re the best help defense team I’ve seen this year. And like I said, it doesn’t hurt that you have the MVP on the other end scoring for you and rebounding and passing the ball and doing everything for his team. So I think Cleveland’s going to win it.”


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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