Kevin Durant passionately talks post-Warriors legacy, can ‘play with anyone’

The storyline following Kevin Durant hasn’t modified: He hasn’t received a title with out the assistance of one other famous person (or three).

Both championship rings in his possession have been received when he teamed up with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green for a pair of titles over three years with the Warriors.

Now starring for the Brooklyn Nets, Durant mentioned his NBA legacy in an unique interview with Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes.

“All that further s–t like, ‘You received to win earlier than you retire and ensure your legacy is straight,’ that is bulls–t to me,” Durant informed Haynes. “My legacy relies on what Cam Thomas is studying from me and what he’ll take away to assist him by the point he is in his tenth yr. That’s my legacy. What I did with Andre Roberson, the arrogance I helped him construct when he was within the league. That’s my legacy. Being capable of play with Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Kyrie [Irving] and nonetheless be me. Yeah, that is my legacy. That’s who I’m. That’s what I deliver to the sport.

“I can play with anyone, wherever, at any time, and you understand I’m going to deliver it every single day. That ought to be my legacy.”

Durant landed with the Nets in the summertime of 2019, hoping to begin his personal dynasty with level guard Kyrie Irving. But his tenure in Brooklyn has seen nothing however highway blocks.

The Nets have received only one playoff spherical since Durant arrived. Their commerce for James Harden did not work. Irving has not performed greater than 54 video games over their 4 seasons collectively, and is at present serving a suspension for spreading antisemitic disinformation on social media. Ben Simmons, acquired within the second Harden blockbuster commerce, appears to be like misplaced.

That leaves Durant on his personal, taking part in with out one other famous person. The Nets have struggled out of the gate to a 6-9 report.

“Look at our beginning lineup,” Durant informed Haynes. “Edmond Sumner, Royce O’Neale, Joe Harris, [Nic] Claxton and me. It’s not disrespect, however what are you anticipating from that group? You count on us to win as a result of I’m on the market. So if you happen to’re watching from that lens, you are anticipating us to play effectively as a result of No. 7 is on the market.”

It’s fairly totally different than the lineup Durant performed alongside within the Bay. It was 4 future Hall of Famers — Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green — beginning alongside facilities Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee within the clinching video games of the 2017 and ’18 NBA Finals, respectively.

Still, although — even after making waves across the NBA this summer time by requesting a commerce from Brooklyn solely to return — Durant insists he is having fun with his time on the court docket.

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“I’m actually having a superb time,” Durant informed Haynes. “I want y’all may hear me discuss through the sport. If I received mic’d up extra, individuals would cease asking me if I’m glad or not. I’m having fun with each second I get to step on this f- -king court docket, and a part of it’s as a result of I like my Achilles. And the pandemic, I did not know if we have been going to play once more. I did not know if I used to be going to play once more.

“I used to be similar to, ‘This can’t be it for me.’ I’ve to essentially take pleasure in each single second I’m out right here. That’s a part of being a professional. I’ve to be coachable, I’ve to knock down photographs, I’ve to be aggressive, and I’ve to speak to my teammates the fitting means. That’s the journey and the battle.”

The Warriors will cross paths with Durant and the Nets for the primary time this season Dec. 21 once they pay a go to to the Barclays Center.

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