To young kids, looking up to Kevin Durant goes beyond the obvious height difference. Durant plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year.
What they probably don't realize is Durant, still a kid at heart, is having as much fun as the 350 boys and girls ages 7-14 attending his three-day summer camp at Heritage Hall High School.
"My little sister and my little brother are growing up so I can't play with them like they're little kids anymore," Durant said. "It's always good to come out here and interact with the kids, have fun and play basketball. It's good for me and them."
Durant said he will donate proceeds from his camp to an unnamed charity.
"I like to interact with the kids in drills, with everything, just to let them know I'm here in the community to help," Durant said. "I want them to basically think of me as a big brother. It's a lot of fun."
When Durant was a kid he attended DerMarr Johnson's camp in the Washington, D.C. area.
"It was a camp just like this," Durant said. "It was fun. He was there interacting with us, playing with us. I wanted to do the same things here. I try to be a kid, let them know I'm just like them."
Durant reiterated how much he enjoys playing in Oklahoma City and hopes to expand the camp next year and for "years to come."
"I feel (the support) every game, walking on the streets to the mall or to the movies," Durant said. "We were at Chili's (Monday) night and everybody showed us a lot of love. That's what a young team like we have needs... I want to be part of this community for a long time."
Loyal to his University of Texas ties, it's no surprise the "Longhorn award" is the top honor that will be presented following today's final session.
"I was told (Monday) some of the parents weren't too happy about that," Durant said, referring to OU and OSU fans. "But I told them this is my camp and I'm not going to change it."
He even joked he's been talking to Texas coach Rick Barnes.
"I told him I've seen a couple of kids that will be good for him in 2019-20," Durant said.