NBA Finals: Texas coach Rick Barnes said OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant would be world's best

by Jason Kersey Published: June 14, 2012

“People here are really following with a keen eye,” Barnes said. “We're excited about the opportunity those guys have.”

But it was Durant who Barnes spent much of his time Thursday talking about.

“You could see Kevin as a high school player and know he's gifted,” Barnes said. “But from the very beginning, he understood it was more than that, that it was about winning.

“People ask me all the time, ‘What does he do for fun?' He plays basketball. He loves it. I don't care where he is, what he does; he wants to be around the game.”

Barnes also praised Kevin Durant the teammate.

“We got to live with him for a year,” Barnes said. “You just knew that he had it.

“As good as he is as a player and a person, he's an all-time great teammate. The best. I mean, he gets it, because he's all about one thing. He realizes that he's not the only person that takes a win. He's special.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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