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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's scoring race with Kobe Bryant comes down to the wire

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 24, 2012

At 23, Durant also would become the youngest player to ever win three straight scoring titles. But Durant said he rarely checks in on his historical exploits.

“I always told myself that once I'm done playing, that's when I'll reflect on what I've done individually,” Durant said. “But with the technology today and Twitter, everybody tells me all the time how close I am to the scoring race and stuff like that. But I just try not to think about it. … Coming into the league, all I really wanted to do was become a player that everybody was going to remember once I'm done.”

Durant continued.

“My goal by the time I'm done playing is to be a Hall of Famer,” he said. “Hopefully I do that.”

A third scoring straight scoring title for Durant en route to what is widely projected to be a promising career complete with multiple championships should do the trick.

But, of course, the best scorer of this generation gets the last at-bat. Bryant, though, claims he's not all that interested, calling it “not very important.”

“You guys know I can get it,” Bryant said. “I'm not really tripping about it.”

Who among us believes that?

Not Durant.

“Nah, I don't believe him,” Durant said. “That guy, he wants to be No. 1 at everything. I can tell. Just being around him a few times, he wants to be the guy in everything. So of course he cares about the scoring race. It's not a bad thing don't get me wrong because that's the competitive nature of a great player.”

And what about Durant's competitive streak?

“Some things I've got to keep to myself and can't tell you guys,” Durant smiled and said. “I'm the ultimate competitor. That's all I'll say.”

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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