Kevin Durant Channels Michael Jordan to Motivate Brooklyn Nets Teammate

Published 07/10/2021, 9:53 PM EDT
Jun 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) tries to block a shot taken by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the first quarter during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Durant is again in the headlines as the Brooklyn Nets star confirmed his participation in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Durant, just weeks off his virtuoso performances against Milwaukee in the 2nd round of the playoffs, joins a star-studded lineup that will set sail for Tokyo in a few weeks.

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While there is no calling for KD to partake in the Olympics, having already won 2 gold medals, the experiences make it worth it. Team USA has dominated the men’s basketball competition since 1992 when the Dream Team brought home the gold. Since then, barring a blip in 2004, Team USA has won 6 Gold medals in 7 tries.

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. ((Photo by Mark Makela/Corbis via Getty Images)

USA Basketball recently unveiled a star-studded roster of NBA All-stars to represent the United States in Tokyo. The roster included all-stars Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Bradley Beal, Zach Lavine, Draymond Green, and Damian Lillard, to name a few. And with a modern-day legend like Durant at the helm, little can go wrong this summer.

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Kevin Durant – A Michael Jordan-esque competitor

Durant’s competitive drive on and off the court is one of the key factors behind his success. The Nets superstar is almost Michael Jordan like in his drive for competition.

Whether it be on the court, trailing by a few points, or in a different walk of life, Durant is one of the most competitive individuals out there. And while KD is occasionally aggressive on Twitter and off the court, his hunger fuels his drive to compete.

When reporting about the United States’ matchup against France, which opens their campaign in Japan, Durant fielded questions about a matchup against French player Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot. Cabarrot shared the locker room with Durant this season while being part of the Brooklyn Nets.

Durant said – “Yeah, I can’t wait. I’ve definitely talked my shit to TLC a couple of times about he can’t guard me and how I lock him up on defense. So I can’t wait to talk more s*it when I see him with his national team. It’s gonna be a great battle, they’ve got a couple of NBA players we all know and were looking forward to the challenge.”

The Invincibles

Durant, their highest scorer last Olympics, will have the expectation to lead this stacked roster past what the competition has to offer. After all, MJ was a leader bred by competition.

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Lastly, the American juggernaut will further look to extend their unbeaten streak currently at 25-0. With the schedule for the tournament out, most expect the U.S. to steam-roll the competition on its way to the gold yet again.

Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Or will Luka Doncic and Slovenia, or league MVP Nikola Jokic have something to say about that? Only one way to find out!

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Watch this story – Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard Headline The USA Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball Roster

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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