The ever-modest Durant even shied away from authoritatively saying his time has come.
“It’s not for me to determine,” Durant said. “I think I’ve gotten better since last year. Hopefully coaches take notice in that. But I guess you could say it’s my time. I really don’t know. I really don’t focus on whether I’m one of the elite guys in the league. I just focus on helping my team and being one of the better players on my team and helping us win.”
Durant did admit that this year’s game would have tremendous significance, in addition to being his first appearance.
“It’s in Texas,” Durant said. “I call that my second home, in front of 100,000 Texas fans, right down the street from Oklahoma City so the fans can come watch. My teammates said if I make it, it’s my first one so they’ll come watch. It’ll be great, man. That magnitude, that’s the most people that’s ever watched a basketball game, I heard. So just to walk out with that All-Star warm-up with my name on it and make it to that stand, if I’m a part of that it’s a blessing.”
When asked whether he expects to make it, Durant said “It’s up in the air.” But he assured he’ll be watching, waiting, and above all, ready.
“It’s a lot of guys playing well on good teams that could surpass me in being a reserve,” Durant said. “We just have to wait and see. I’ll have that apple cider by the bed, though.”
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