Kevin Durant was voted as a starter for the Western Conference at next Sunday's All-Star Game in Houston, but for the first time in his career he will not participate in any of the other events.
“I've always wanted to just sit back and be one of those guys on the sideline and watch, and I've never really gotten the opportunity to, just (because I was) preparing for the 3-point contest and the H-O-R-S-E competition,” Durant said. “I was always in the shower when the dunk competition was on. I just want to sit back and enjoy it, just take it all in, maybe get a camera and document our weekend.”
Events in which Durant previously participated:
*2008-09: Rising Stars (Rookie-Sophomore) game and was MVP in 2009 with 46 points.
*2009-10: Won the only two H-O-R-S-E competitions ever held. “Yeah, I feel good about that,” Durant said with a smile.
*2011-12: Competed in the 3-point contest, finishing runner-up to Kevin Love last year.
*2010: Coached in the Rising Stars game.
*2012: Coached in the Celebrity Game.
This season marks Durant's fourth All-Star Game, his third as a starter selected by fan voting. Last year in Orlando, he was selected most valuable player of the All-Star Game, scoring 36 points in a 152-149 victory for the West, which was coached by OKC coach Scott Brooks.
DENIED THE DUNK
Durant is ninth in the league in dunks with 78, several of which would qualify as spectacular.
However, the three-time scoring champion said he doesn't envision ever being asked to display his talents in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend.
“Nah, I'm not a dunk contest type of guy,” Durant said. “I can't jump as high as the guys they've got there now, so I'm just going to enjoy (watching) it.”
Competing in Saturday night's Dunk Contest are defending champion Jeremy Evans of Utah, Eric Bledsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver's Kenneth Faried, Toronto's Terrence Ross, New York's James White and former Oklahoma State signee Gerald Green of Indiana.