Kevin Durant drops truth bombs, cuts open a vein in GQ interview
Kevin Durant has been opening up of late in a way the 26-year-old superstar has rarely done during his NBA career. A wide-ranging and revealing interview the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar did with GQ showcases the latest stage in his evolution from being known solely as a supremely talented basketball player to a complicated, three-dimensional individual full of complexity, contradictions and previously unseen depth.
Durant does more than reveal aspects of himself seemingly unknown to fans, he cuts open a vein, drops truth bombs and tells it like it is in candid comments made to GQ writer Zach Baron during a meeting in San Francisco.
Discussing his personality on the court, Durant puts it plainly and simply, leaving no doubt whatsoever regarding how he perceives himself as a competitor.
“When I’m on the court,” Durant said. “I’m a total asshole. I’m a dick. I don’t talk to the other team. If I fall on somebody, I throw them to the ground, I’m not helping them up. I just feel like it’s a war mode. Like, they’re trying to kill me, but I gotta kill them before they kill me.”
While addressing his amazing, emotional and profound MVP acceptance speech last May — “I didn’t know I was gonna cry. But I never cried as a kid,” he says — Durant addresses how he has learned to allow his emotions to come to the surface at times, often in private.
Durant even reveals to Baron he cried just before the interview.
“I watched this video about this guy, his son got killed in front of a nightclub in Miami,” Durant tells Baron. “And he was shouting at his son’s murderer and just crying. I just started bawling. And I was just like, man, I’ve been so emotional since I’ve grown up. As a kid you’re taught not to be emotional. And I feel like I’m starting to let it all out. Every little thing now. So I cried today. And I felt good about it, though. I felt compassionate. I felt, like, loving and caring. I felt good … I think, as a nation, we need to cry with each other. As a world, we need to cry with each other. That shows we care.”
Discussing the upcoming difficult decision he will have to make regarding his NBA future, Durant stressed one word: Loyalty.
“I was loyal. If it comes down to that, I mean: I was. My deal’s up in 2016. I’ll have been here nine years. I could have easily wanted out. I could have easily not signed the extension after my rookie contract. I could have not played as hard every night. But people tend to forget,” Durant says about how he signed a full extension in 2010 with no opt-outs and how it may be perceived if he doesn’t remain with the Thunder the next time around.
“This is not just a game for us,” Durant said. “This is life. Like, we live and die and breathe by basketball. We’re away from our families to entertain other people.”