Durant, who has employed a chef during the season the past three years, recently hired a new cook to cater meals and ensure he's staying away from fatty foods.
“In the summertime is where I really kind of take a step back,” Durant said. “So I got to be mentally stronger and have more discipline and try to eat right.”
Though the Thunder's front office and coaching staff would like for Durant to get bigger, they know it will happen over time. In the meantime, they've witnessed him getting stronger, which has helped Durant play through contact better and stave off injuries.
But before his body can change, Durant must first change his diet.
Collison remembers refusing proper nutrition in his first few seasons as well. And that was after a four-year career at Kansas.
“I didn't eat terribly, but I didn't think about it as related to basketball,” Collison said. “Probably my second or third year in the league, I realized that everything I do is affecting the outcome of my career and where I want it to go.”
Now, after changing his eating habits, the 30-year-old Collison can boast of having less body fat now than he did in college.
Collison says Durant will soon get there, too, and see benefits on the basketball floor.
“It's about forming habits and then it becomes easy…I think he'll get that,” Collison said. “Kevin is as driven if not more driven than anybody with this organization. I think he sees that.
“He'll realize the importance of that, and he already has. He'll realize that he needs to try to do everything he can to try to put himself in the best situation.”