Then he talked about being more efficient. Better offensively. Returning with different shots, different moves.
“The only way I can go is up,” Durant said.
Recent playoff disappointments perhaps might make Durant as determined as ever. The Thunder lost in five games to Memphis, dropping each of the final four contests. It was the third straight season in which the Thunder was eliminated by losing four straight.
“Of course we didn't win, but we learned so many lessons about ourselves and once you look at it like that you can grow from it,” Durant said. “Everything is a process. You got to go through some tough times to get to where you want to get to. Everybody's been through them. All the best teams, all the great players, they've been through tough times.”
It'll be another four months before Durant gets another shot at writing the Thunder's script. In the meantime, Durant's only promise is that he will be stronger because of his setbacks.
“I'm looking forward to getting better this offseason like always,” Durant said. “I'll just work as hard as I can, and hopefully next season, I'll be ready.”
KEVIN DURANT'S 2012-13 SEASON BY THE NUMBERS
1.3: Blocks per game, a career best
12: Technical fouls, as many as his first five seasons combined
30.8: Scoring average in the playoffs
51.0: Percent field-goal shooting, a career best
90.5: Percent free-throw shooting, a career best
374: Assists, a career best
3,119: Minutes played, the second most in the NBA