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Q&A: Kevin Durant talks about the lockout, tattoos and more

Thunder star talked during a break in filming his new movie, ‘Switch'
by Darnell Mayberry Published: September 27, 2011

photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant speaks to the media during a press conference at the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team practice facility in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 16, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant speaks to the media during a press conference at the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team practice facility in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 16, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

What area of your game do you feel like you've improved the most this summer?

My post game. I think it's grown leaps and bounds with me being comfortable down there and having a different array of moves to work with. But it's going to be tougher during the season to do that because of a lot of double teams. A lot of (defenders) are going to be watching if I sit in the post. If I catch it they're going to bring a double team. So I've been working on passing out of it and making the right decisions as well.

You know that's the answer everybody wants to hear?

A lot of people want to see a post game, but they don't really know what goes into it. I get a lot of opportunities to do that in the game but I get played a lot of different ways too. It's not that easy to just go in there and sit down there and do a post move. Because if it was that easy I'd be doing it. But it's a matter of me getting down there and fighting off double teams and making the right decisions. It's a lot more than just going down there and posting up.

I hear you were working out with Blake Griffin on your post game.

It wasn't just on our post game. We were working with each other on different moves. Early in the summer we worked out for about a week to a week and a half out in LA. We helped each other a lot. He works hard and he's a freak of nature. It was a joy working out with him.

You've also done some work down in Miami with Joe Johnson. What did you take from those workouts?

I respect Joe a lot. He works hard, too. It felt like we were teammates going down there working. If the lockout keeps going, I'm going to stay down there and work out some more with him.

Have you really been biking 40 miles at times this summer?

Yeah. I did it maybe five or six times in the span of two weeks. It was tough. I'd wake up at 6 o'clock and start at about 6:45 a.m. One time I didn't come back until about 10:45 a.m. I got lost. I almost rode on the highway. But I feel stronger in my legs and my base. I did it for my base, being able to get lower and stay with my position and catch the ball where I want to catch it.

What was your reaction to people discovering you had tattoos?

It was just like so what? I was wondering why people were so worried about me getting a tattoo. It doesn't change the type of person I am. It doesn't change how I look at things. It's just ink. And I like ink. It's something I always wanted to get. I was a little nervous of getting them because of needles. But I was going to get them sooner or later.

I had a feeling once you got your entire chest covered the back would soon be next.

Yeah, of course. I'm going to try to stay away from my arms. Once I have kids and a family, that's when I'll kind of get my arms done maybe. But I was just a big fan of tattoos always growing up, and I wanted something cool that symbolizes what I've been through in my life and everything on my chest and my back is like a collage. Like it or not, it's staying.

Any new commercials we should be on the look out for?

I've got a few coming up. I've got one next week and one at the end of the month depending on what the lockout does. I don't really know the concept of it since I'm focusing on the movie, but once this is done I'll have to figure that out.

What happened with summer school this summer?

Yeah, man. I feel bad because I was on a good pace of going back every summer. But a lot of responsibility started to come after that first year we made it to the playoffs. But I'll take it though. Hopefully I'll get a chance to go back.

What's next for you?

I don't know. I really just take it a day at a time. I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow. I just know for sure I'm going to keep playing basketball.

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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