‘I Am Trying to Be the Best Me’: Kevin Durant Discusses the Ability of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant

Published 05/16/2021, 9:48 AM EDT


The Brooklyn Nets, ranked second place in the Eastern Conference, are all set to enter the playoffs. Kevin Durant has returned from injury and has never looked out of touch. Durant, Harden, and Kyrie have made the Nets an exciting team to watch. The small forward from the University of Texas has returned to form, and has drawn comparisons to LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, for his influence on the court.

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KD stressed the influence of these players in a recent podcast with grammy award-winning rapper, J. Cole.

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Kevin Durant looks upon Kobe and LeBron

Although he possesses the same offensive skill set as the above-mentioned guys, Durant always looked upon them as mythical figures. He focused on how both these legends had a glaring influence on his career.

These guys are actually cool to be around, being in the team USA, been around these guys for a month you see who they are. I see LeBron James the second he wakes up and come downstairs to the breakfast with me. I see Kobe Bryant, you know, after dinner. So you see these dudes and s*** they are humans as well.

“You know what I mean?

Aug. 12, 2012 – London, England, United Kingdom – Team USA basketball gold medal winners including LEBRON JAMES, KEVIN DURANT, DERON WILLIAMS, JAMES HARDING, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, KOBE BRYANT, and ANTHONY DAVIS pose for photos after their game against Spain during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. (Credit Image: �� Mark Makela) (Photo by Mark Makela/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Cause you looked at as these mythical figures because of the athletic ability. It was a mentality switch in my mind. It was more so like alright these dudes are cool. We are as a game. We are competing and it’s me vs the game and not me vs other person. I am trying to be the best me I can be. Most efficient player I can be so there is no need for me to be battling with these guys and competition on the court comes naturally to us,” said Durant.

In short, the everlasting impression was important in the eyes of Durant.

Durant eyeing his third NBA title

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There are very few players in the league who can match Durant’s statistics in the playoffs. He averages 29.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game, in addition to having an effective field goal percentage of 52.8. Arguably he is the best all-round scorer in the NBA right now. Notably, Harden and Kyrie are important for the franchise as they look to support KD to help Brooklyn win their first ever championship.

Thunders Kevin Durant drives past Lakers Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center Friday (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Although the Brooklyn Nets have a well-stacked up roster going into the playoffs, Kevin Durant will be the key man. The four-time scoring champion will look to win his third NBA title and match the legacy set by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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