Durant said he received text messages from James, Paul and Carmelo Anthony, who said they planned to take their children to the movie. “When people are used to you doing something, they want you to stay in that lane,” Durant said. “But I had the courage to do something else and most people don’t want to see you do that. I really don’t care. I’m going to enjoy it. My family is going to enjoy it and people that go into it with an open mind are going to enjoy it.”
The Olympic experience left an impression with Durant.
“That’s the top for sure,’ Durant said. “Not just because we won the gold. It’s just the memories that we had while we was over there. Every day was fun. It felt good to win the gold medal but I learned a lot by losing in the Finals and just going through every single obstacle throughout the season, the ups and downs. I can learn a lot more from losing and going through tough times rather than just winning it and going from there.”
On Oct. 2, the Thunder begins training camp in preparation to defend its Western Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals. To get there, OKC figures to collide with the Los Angeles Lakers, who acquired point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard during the offseason.
“We all are going to have to compete,” Durant said. “I don’t think no team is going to lay down for anybody. Everybody has got to play and I like our chances.
“I’m not going to let people define my career as a player thus far if I don’t win a championship. They are going to say I’m a bust or I flopped or that I didn’t have a good career in the NBA because I didn’t win a championship in the time that they wanted me to do it? I’m just going to keep enjoying what I’m doing and hopefully I get there sooner than later.”
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