In an extended interview scheduled to air on NBA TV on Monday, Heat forward LeBron James is expected to talk about a variety of legacy-related subjects.
But among the quotes released by NBA TV in advance of the segment, James, again, pays compliments to Thunder forward Kevin Durant and the joy with which he plays.
“The way he plays the game every single night is very inspiring, and it's motivating,” James tells NBA TV. “Obviously, we know he's going to be one of the greatest scorers to ever play this game. But the way he plays, just so joyous and happy, and it's like he's a kid back in Maryland. And I feel like when I'm on the floor, I'm a kid back in Akron."
BROOKS NOT WORRIED ABOUT DURANT'S MINUTES
Entering Tuesday night, Durant had played the most minutes in the NBA this season, at 1,981, and was averaging the third most per game, at 38.1.
Does that worry Scott Brooks?
“No,” Brooks said. “That's a good number for him. Plenty of time to rest during the game. I pick and choose when he needs more. A lot of time it depends on the schedule and depends on how he's feeling, depends on how he's doing. But we do a good job of managing minutes on the court during off days.”
STOTTS IMPRESSED WITH IBAKA'S DEVELOPMENT
More than five years ago, Blazers coach Terry Stotts, on a scouting trip in Treviso, Italy, was intrigued by a prospect named Serge Ibaka.
“I saw a raw, talented young athlete,” Stotts said. “But he certainly didn't shoot it the way he does now. He wasn't ready for the NBA, obviously, that's why he stayed in Spain.”