A DOZEN THINGS YOU PROBABLY don’t know about Kevin Durant:
He has never been in love.
He has a music production studio in his house.
He has been known to rap.
His back tattoo took eight hours.
It isn’t finished.
His inner voice is often “just a buzzing noise.”
He used to sleep in church.
He has no regrets (not even missing the prom).
“People think I’m boring,” Durant says, his voice soft. “I hear, ‘You don’t have a personality.’ Or I’m too nonchalant.” He shrugs. “I can’t focus on what people think.”
“I felt like I was just being me,” he says, swallowing a fried cheese stick. His pickup games were not, he stresses, about PR, nor were they about staying in the lockout limelight. “I was actually surprised by the attention it got,” he says with some chagrin. “I wasn’t doing it to get noticed.”
Also, be sure to check out the accompanying video of Durant discussing the lockout, his work ethic and his future plans. The best part of the below 2 1/2 minute video is a subtle moment during an exchange when, at the 45-second mark, the reporter asks Durant about his “59-point” game at Rucker Park. What’s great about it is there is no doubt Durant knows he dropped 66. But when he casually lets the error slide, it becomes a perfect example of what the story is all about in the first place: Durant’s humbleness.
Oh, and the trick shot at the 2:12 mark ain’t bad either.
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