Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant has earned NBA blue blood status

BASKETBALL ROYALTY — He's got the fame, the fortune and in short order has made something of his family name. He's Kevin Durant, the newest member of NBA royalty.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm •  Published: October 27, 2013

He's got the fame, the fortune and in short order has made something of his family name.

He's Kevin Durant, the newest member of NBA royalty.

He's a special breed of blueblood. He wasn't born of it but built of it, using each of these past six seasons to solidify himself as one of the game's true greats.

He's won scoring titles and Olympic gold, become a perennial All-Star and the league's hardest-working pitchman.

He's got a mogul for an agent and a WNBA player for a fiancée.

He's got signature shoes, classic commercials and more money than he can spend.

He's got everything but the crown, a coronation that, fittingly, still to this day comes complete with a ring for all in his growing kingdom to kneel and kiss.

That's one of the reasons Kevin Durant isn't caught up in his soaring status.

“I always think back to when I didn't have nothing,” the Thunder star said. “All I was doing was just playing basketball for the love; just because I wanted to be great. I wanted to grow into this great player. I had something in my head I wanted to get to. I'm not there yet by any means. But to walk down the path and know that you're close…”

He paused.

“To know what hard work means, to me, I think that's the biggest thing; and to know that the future, if you continue to keep working and keeping learning, is bright.”

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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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