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Thunder Insider: Kevin Durant's development is on full display with Team USA

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: August 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm •  Published: August 22, 2010

When USA coach Mike Krzyzewski labeled Durant too unselfish, Durant responded by acknowledging his teammates' talents and expressing confidence in how they are more than capable of contributing if he finds himself struggling. But then Durant showed just how aggressive he can be, coming out firing and netting six quick points against Spain.

Durant has become the talk of the league this summer, and with Team USA he has lived up to his billing as the game's newest great player. It's now become as difficult as ever to discern which is more impressive, Durant's abilities or his attitude. Despite more and more accolades coming his way, Durant still doesn't mind deferring and deflecting attention to teammates. That trait will continue to endear Durant to his customary supporting cast in Oklahoma City and suggests Durant will make the smart play during the season rather than forcing his way to being the hero.

It's all coming together for Durant, whose growth in the past month alone has been great. Expect the next three weeks to provide even more preparation.

"Kevin wants to be an outstanding player," Krzyzewski told reporters before the team traveled to Spain. "He wants to be the best. So being in this environment with this caliber of player, how he asserts himself here in a different environment will help him even more when he goes back to his current environment."

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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