“Last night I had a few where they stripped the ball from me. I had six (turnovers) last night and I think four of them were when I was trying to make the right pass. There's a few where I threw the ball too hard to my bigs and it went through their hands. There were a few I wish I could have made a stronger pass. I've got good intentions, I think. I've just got to continue to keep working at it, watching film and see where I can get better.”
Do your teammates have to adjust to the passing version of Kevin Durant?
“That sounds bad, though, like I never passed the ball before. I guess I've just got to slow it down a bit and make a simpler pass. It's not on my teammates. It's on me to make a good pass … I'm a work in progress.”
You're averaging 41.7 minutes a game. How long can you continue to play 40 minutes a game?
[Smiling] “For about 10 years. I feel good. Every time I come out of the game, I'm ready to go back in 30 seconds later. On the court, I don't feel tired.”
What have you done to become a better passer?
“I learned how to pass when I was real young. That's one thing I always knew how to do was find the open man. Once I got so big (scoring took over) … I can score the basketball, but I think I can pass pretty well or I can make the correct pass. I'm not the type of guy who's just going to throw the ball inbounds to a guy who's wide open. I can make the right pass.”
Other than at Rucker Park, have you ever handled the ball this much?
“Not really. I feel good doing it. It's not like guys are stripping me at half-court or I'm just losing the ball dribbling. I think I'm handling the ball pretty well, just trying to make good passes, man.”