Kevin Durant seems to have enjoyed development all across the board this summer, from his stature to his skills to his still scrawny frame.
After a frantic offseason — highlighted by a MVP-winning performance in Team USA's gold medal placing at the 2010 FIBA World Championship — the Thunder's star acknowledged his improvement at the team's media day Monday.
"I've gotten better, man," Durant said. "I think this is the first summer where I really seen the things I work on actually come into my game during the summer. I worked a lot on my ball-handling and posting up. I think in the FIBA games I showed that a little bit and I was able to become a better player handling the basketball and posting up. I got a long ways to go. I got to continue to keep pushing."
In addition to now being a favorite to win the MVP award, Durant returned to Oklahoma City with a visibly heavier frame. He said he is now up to 231 pounds and answered all lingering questions about his height by informing the media he is 6-10 and 6-9 1/2 without shoes after being measured Sunday.
NO SHIFT IN PHILOSOPHY
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said today's first day of training camp will be spent on much of the same things the team focused on last season, primarily a commitment to defense.
"We really want to get better in what we do," Brooks said. "Are we going to change things around? Very little. I think we have to improve on the things we worked on all of last year.... We have to be a defending team. We have multiple defenders now and that helps."