Nets’ Kevin Durant Not Motivated Only to Win Titles; Has Something More Important to Focus On

Published 04/10/2021, 11:30 PM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Markieff Morris (88) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets were fortunate enough to form the deadliest ‘Big Three’ we have seen in years. But riddled with injuries, like most teams this season, they have been unfortunate and have not seen their trio perform together most of the season. However, the Nets’ recent blowout win against the New Orleans Pelicans featured Kevin Durant making his comeback.

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In fact, this win helped them steal the number one spot in the Eastern Conference from the Philadelphia 76ers, improving their record to 36-16. This team is one of the top title contenders of the season. But KD seems to have other goals at this point in his career.

Kevin Durant has a different priority

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From the moment James Harden was added to the Brooklyn Nets roster, they had become the biggest threats to the Lakers shot at their second straight title. But that would only hold true if their trio remains healthy and play together. While KD was sidelined, Kyrie Irving and Harden were holding the fort quite well.

However, with Harden out, which was initially thought of as a minor injury, the team’s journey from here has been left on KD and Irving. Whether KD will be able to perform well returning after so long was a concern. But he managed to score in double-digits against the Pelicans.

In fact, in their most recent matchup against the Lakers, they may have lost, but Durant was the lead scorer with 22 points. While the franchise is looking to chase the Championship this season, Durant is more focused on being a better player, rather than running after a ring or a trophy. He stated, “I want to be a great basketball player… Not to be chasing some stuff that the humans created, in a ring or a gold ball.”

Can he do that and get the Brooklyn Nets a title?

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Durant has many accolades and achievements on his resume, and winning two titles with the Golden State Warriors is also part of it. And now, Durant might have a shot at winning another with the Nets. Although that is not his priority, it is what he is fighting for.

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

However, having lost to the Lakers, that too, without Anthony Davis and LeBron James, must be an eye-opener for them. Are the Nets really capable of taking out the defending champions? Or do they only look great on paper?

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Read also- Kevin Durant and Draymond Green Set The Record Straight About Rumored Warriors’ Drama Back in 2018

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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