Durant Author Reveals When KD Lost His Innocence

Marcus Thompson dropped by Tiki & Tierney to discuss his new book, “KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest"

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May 14, 2019 - 6:45 pm
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The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson dropped by Tiki & Tierney on Tuesday to discuss his new book, “KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest,” which tells the behind-the-scenes story of one of the best basketball players in NBA history.

Thompson learned many things about Durant while writing the book, including his contrarian nature.

“He’s that dude who’s going to intentionally take the contrarian side just for the sake of the conversation, just because he likes the mental jousting,” “He’s definitely that cerebral dude who just looks at things a little differently.”

Which is why Durant might sign with the Knicks this offseason. Yes, everyone has been running from the Knicks for the last two decades, but Durant – arguably the best player in the game – might actually run toward them.

Just because he can. Just because he wants a new challenge. Just because you said he won’t succeed there.

“I think the idea of people saying, ‘You’re crazy for thinking you can bring the Knicks (a) championship,’ I think he’s the type of dude, especially now with what he’s been through being the villain and being hated, where he’s like, ‘Y’all aren’t about to tell me what to do. Sure, I’ll do it,’” Thompson said. “I think it’s definitely on the table. I think it’s definitely one of the preferred options he has – maybe the preferred – but I don’t think there’s anything about Kevin Durant who is at all concerned with what the status quo is. 

“If that’s the counter element – leaving a championship team to go try to do something on his own and build something from scratch – I think he’d be quite emboldened to do so,” Thompson continued, “unlike before when he was in Oklahoma City when he was really just trying to be likable. Then he couldn’t anymore. Once he made the move and everybody’s criticizing him, that was gone. That innocence was gone, and since then, he’s like, ‘I’m going to do me.’”

Click below to listen to Thompson’s interview in its entirety.