Kevin Durant has finally given up a bit of his “aw shucks” manner, acknowledging that his talent is a huge reason for his success in the NBA, not just that of his coaches and teammates.
Durant, along with stepping up his acting career with the movie Thunderstruck, has also shed some of his humility to acknowledge his contribution to the rise to the NBA’s Mount Rushmore of current stars, reports CBS Sports. Durant stated:
“I’ve heard a few times, in three or four years, this league is going to be yours. . . . I don’t like that. Because I think I’m established now. My time is now. I feel as though I’ve proved myself these last five years that I can be one of the top players in the league. I’ve got a long way to go to being the ultimate best, but I think my time is now. And I’m starting to enter my prime.”
His statement is a big departure from his previous comments where he didn’t even consider himself a star a couple of years ago, even after he won the All-Star Game MVP award last year. The Washington Post notes that Kevin Durant went on to say:
“I always felt that I belonged on top with those guys and I just have to continue to keep working to maintain that. It feels good to be a part of a great group of guys, to do something special for the country. We all respected each other and they never looked at me as the younger guy coming up and waiting his turn. They were just, ‘Go out there and play, do what you do.’ And that’s what I did.”
Durant also revealed that his sometimes over the top humility is at least partially an act as well, because the NBA star has felt that way about himself since last year, but never opened up about it because, as he says, “I don’t like to talk about myself, but I had to get that out there.”
But for those who are wondering if Durant’s new comments mean a complete lack of humility, don’t worry, Kevin Durant will still remain a player with a combination of confidence and humility, knowing that he is a great basketball player, who does not need to brag about it.