“He hasn't changed much and that's a good thing,” said teammate Thabo Sefolosha. “With all the success that he's had he's still working extremely hard. He's a humble guy, and I think that's one thing that goes for him on and off the basketball court.”
The fame and fortune, in Durant's eyes, are ancillary benefits. He'll be the first to tell you his focus never was on securing those things.
“I never thought I would be here,” Durant admits. “I dreamt about it every night and I put in the work every day. But to go over to Rome and hear people chanting my name; people standing outside for three or four hours just to see me walk past for 30 seconds, that's still overwhelming. I appreciate it every step of the way but it's always been about basketball with me. That stuff, don't get me wrong, I'm never taking it for granted but that's all it's been about.”
“He's grown up in front of all of our eyes,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “The moment we take him for granted, shame on us.”
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