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I can't play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender. One more team. I couldn't have made the [entire] East better. I couldn't have made everybody [else] in the West better.feedback
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May 26 2017 NBA
This page is completely dedicated to what Kevin Durant has to say. All of Kevin Durant’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Kevin Durant came from an article called Kevin Durant says it's unfair to blame him for parity issues in NBA: “I can't play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender. One more team. I couldn't have made the [entire] East better. I couldn't have made everybody [else] in the West better.”.
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They make it about the players, which it should always be about. I'm sure that the fans, and even Kawhi, wanted to play on a hurt ankle. But he's 25 years old, has got a lot of great basketball left in him, and you know . . . the risk to reward, I don't know if it's worth it to maybe risk making it worse to go out there and play.feedback

But you've got to appreciate an organization who puts the players first instead of worrying about wins and losses all the time.feedback

They were going to come out and hit us in the mouth. I think we did a good job of taking that punch and just kept playing.feedback

Yeah, he's going to play. I haven't talked to anybody, but that's just my gut. They're a way better team, obviously, with him on the court. They pose a different threat.feedback

So many great players, so many players had great seasons. It's kind of hard to put guys on the first, second, third teams. So many guys played well this year. Just grateful to be a part of the list. Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is.feedback

That's just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch. Unlike Game 1 we did that tonight. We know they're a little undermanned but they still play extremely hard, so we knew we couldn't come out here and relax and think they were just going to give us the game. We had to go take it.feedback

We have to strike first. We can't allow them to get off to the start they had last game. We have to be the aggressors.feedback

Steph got us going in the third, I just tried to do my part in the fourth.feedback

Now you're getting players to where they realize their power, and they're not doing it. And more power to them.feedback

I remember it like it was yesterday. All the strength coaches were laughing at me and s--t. They were giggling with each other that I couldn't lift 185 pounds and I was like, Alright, keep laughing. Keep laughing.' It was a funny thing because I was the only ne that couldn't lift it and I was struggling to lift it. I was embarrassed at that point but I'm like, Give me a basketball, please. Give me a ball.feedback

I knew nobody in that draft could guard me one-on-one.feedback

I figured they knew who they were going to draft already. But that says a lot as well. I was the No. 2 pick and I couldn't lift 185 pounds. That shows you that basketball isn't really that type of sport. Now [players aren't attending] but back then, every player was there.feedback

But, hey, like I said, I knew I was the most skilled player there. I knew I was the best player in the draft. I knew my skillset was a little different from everybody else and [they] couldn't guard me. [They] still can't.feedback

I just stuck with what I did, man. My body type is not the one to get yoked up and cut up. I knew that. My mom told me that too. I was feeling down about it because everybody needed something to say about me. So, my mom was like, That's not who you are. You're never going to be Alonzo Mourning, that type of built.' I always wanted to be a basketball player. I didn't want to be a weight lifter. I knew how important your body was. I'm getting that now as an older player and I realize that, but it's about flexibility with me because I'm never going to be strong.feedback

I knew that for sure. I knew that. And I knew that you don't need to [bench press] to lift a basketball up. And I knew that this wasn't football where that stuff matters. I knew as a basketball player, I had a lot of skill, more skill than anybody in the draft. And I knew that if I worked as hard as hard as I could, then that s--t wouldn't matter at the end of the day. It still doesn't matter. I was ranked the last person in camp, drills-wise. I was the worst player, and the first player didn't get drafted. That tells you a lot about the significance of that s--t.feedback

It's good for guys who are trying to fight their way into the first round, fight their way into the draft ... go to play. But if you're like a top pick and you know you're going to be a top pick, just work out. Just work on your game and then they'll see you in the individual workouts and they've been watching you all year, so your whole body of work is more important than just going there for a couple of days.feedback

You could look at [vertical], but how can you use that in a basketball set? You can be the highest jumper but if you don't use it in a basketball game, you don't show your athleticism, you stay grounded all game, then it's not really doing you any good...Play one-one and five-on-five and that's how you really see who the best basketball players are. A lot of sh--t that don't have to do with the game, they try to put in there but I understand. It's the combine.feedback

We have multiple defenders that can guard multiple positions. That makes up for a lot, so we can throw a couple bodies on their best player. We can switch some stuff and guard big, so that helps us out as well. The other thing is rebounding. Once we rebound the basketball, we push and we like our chances in transition.feedback

I'm going to try to say this as humble as I can, but I've been doing this for so long, and every time I get out the bed and we have a game that day, I feel like I can go out there and score. It's the other things that I try to do – defensively, helping my teammates, get them open shots, moving, setting screens. Scoring and stuff is not easy, but it's what I do the best. When I try to do the other things ... I feel like it opens up my scoring a little bit more.feedback

Me? I wasn't tired. ... I was trying to make the right play, but sometimes you just gotta break it off and go score.feedback

I'm sure it's probably clubs, but I've never been to one in Utah. It's a few restaurants close to the hotel, but you're not scattered out. L.A. is just bigger. That's the only difference. But preparation wise, my approach is the same as in any other city.feedback

I think they want somebody on the wing that can take the pressure off those two guards (C.J. McCollum and Lillard), somebody that's big for their position. But they're right there, man. They're a good team. They started off slow. I think they should have been a higher seed, but they fought their way to get in the playoffs. They have a future center in [Jusuf] Nurkic who took them over the top, but I think they need another ball handler on the wing to get them going. It's going to be fun playing against these guys in the next few years.feedback

We knew if we threw the first punch, we knew that it would overwhelm them a bit, especially being up 3-0.feedback

I'm not on my deathbed. It's a calf muscle. I'll hopefully get to play here soon. I got on the court today, so it's not the end of the world. ... I want to be out there, but it's not life or death. It's not career-threatening. It's just a calf strain.feedback

I want to play. I want to be out there every step of the way with the team, but I understand health is important and I want to feel great hopefully for a long run this postseason. I understand the big picture, but I still want to play. They've got my best interest. Obviously, I played through injuries before, but I was out for a month and I came back and got injured again. So I don't want that to happen again if I do push it. I don't want to play one game and sit out another two weeks. So I'm just trying to be smart about it, but also I'm still itching to get out there on the court.feedback

The game ratchets up when you get into the playoffs. I definitely felt good out there.feedback

We're all praying for him, the NBA family's behind him.feedback

Playing against the best players in the world, at the biggest stage, that's the goal for every player.feedback

If you get a dunk the first play of the game no matter how long you've been out, that feels good. I was able to get some stops and get a little assist, that felt great.feedback

You get a dunk first play of the game no matter how long you've been out that feels good. ... I felt good putting my jersey on, running out with the team. It felt normal again. I'm a basketball player, I love playing basketball, that's my favorite thing to do, so to feel like I'm a part of the team, feel like I'm a part of this energy that we have feels great.feedback

I'm just going to go out there and be me. I can't think about how I'll feel because I'll end up holding back. I just want to go out there full throttle and see what happens.feedback

Today was one of those days where I went out there and played, and practiced with the guys and I felt normal. I've been waiting for that feeling for a couple of weeks now. I play basketball for a living. If I had to wait until the playoffs, I would have waited. At some point, I would just have to throw myself in the fire. It doesn't matter if it's the regular season or playoffs. It's still basketball. Guys are still out there competing. No matter if it's the 80th game or the first game of the playoffs.feedback

I played 58 games with Steph. That's a lot of games. I just didn't get here yesterday. I've been here the whole season. I just happen to miss 20 games. I know a lot of people may seem like I just go there but I've been here the whole year and we've been playing well the whole season.feedback

His confidence level is high. … Some of these young cats that come into the league, they got super confidence, uber-confidence, and they just go through the motions, where they're just too cool, you know what I'm saying? But he had a little – he had some dog in him. He might foul you hard. That's how I know, actually, if young guys they really want it. They'll foul you hard and play physical. I was playing with him and he'd foul me hard, and I'm like, I like that. I like that you care.' Because a lot of these cats don't care about the game.feedback

I know Oubre because he came to my camps a couple years ago when he was in high school and when he was in college.feedback

Either way, I knew it's something I had to conquer. I knew it's something I had to work extremely hard to get back. I still do no matter what and I've been through it before.feedback

It was a crucial, probably 30 minutes, where I thought that I'd have to go through this long rehab to get back onto the court. And then I got a call that said it wasn't as bad. [The] reason that I'm here now is that I work extremely hard, and it's nothing different. It's just trying to get my knee right and get my body right, and hopefully I'll be back to play soon. I had three foot surgeries, and that was tough to go through because it was my first one being out, going under and getting surgery. That was different.feedback

But now, I didn't have to get surgery, so I'm just rehabbing every single day. It could be worse, like I said, so mentally I'm good. I'm in a good place. I'm not playing right now, which is tough, but I'm getting better day by day and I'll be out there as soon as I'm ready to play.feedback

Got to keep this jumper right. It could have been a lot worse. I'm not even thinking about that right now. I know that's what everybody wants to know or are wondering. Whenever my body tells me I'll be ready to play, that's when I'll be ready to play. I'm not really thinking too far down the line, I'm just worried about having a great day today and I look forward to having a good one tomorrow.feedback

Mentally I'm good, I'm in a good place. I'm not playing right now, which is tough because I love to play, but I'm getting better day by day and I'll be out there as soon as I'm ready to play.feedback

It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play.feedback

I'm excited to be here. It's not real-life problems. Stuff you guys may think is important, I don't really think is important at all, so when I look at it that way, it's pretty easy to me.feedback

I define my career, at the end of the day. And it's pretty damn good so far.feedback

I thought they would. They were playing confident and free. They had nothing to lose, especially missing some of their guys.feedback

Those two are going to play well off each other. Having two guys, as big fellas, that can do that, it takes the pressure off your wings, your point guards, allows them to play with their athleticism. ... Adding another guy that can play definitely helps.feedback

Basketball is fun in general, especially in an environment like this. The crowd was amazing. They were loud – as loud as I've ever heard them.feedback

It's part of the game and I respect that. We should have just kept playing. I don't even think they should have reviewed anything. It's a part of it. Hard fouls, (expletive) talking – all that stuff is just a part of the game. That's what makes it fun for us.feedback

You plan for the worst. Obviously, I know how it is. I know fans are loud, especially here. Just try not to think about it and go out there and play. Once the ball is tipped up, just go out there and play the game.feedback

There's definitely emotion. I played here for eight years. There's no getting around that.feedback

It always gives you a bounce in your step when you go back to the place where you played. You get an emotional kickstart. Just walking into the building is exciting, seeing all your old friends and having all those memories.feedback

It's good to see everybody but once the ball's tipped you're just playing, just hooping. It's as simple as that. ... It's a weird feeling but it's nice because out of 82 games sometimes you need that emotion, and that'll definitely do it. I can't even imagine what it'll feel like for KD, that's a totally different level. It's one thing to be a role player for a few years but to be a superstar in one town and have the whole place adore, the whole city, to go back is going be very emotional for him.feedback

Well, that's real life. I've been a part of that group going on four years now. Just 'cuz I left there don't mean I'll stop building with them. That's totally separate from this NBA stuff. Those kids mean a lot to me, definitely want to continue to keep helping them. I'm glad I can keep helping growing the school. It's all about the community there. That was home for me for eight years. I've still got love for the people there.feedback

He has 200 already? That's crazy. It's very difficult to do that, especially when everybody expects you to shoot the 3. His skill allows him to play that way.feedback

Everybody came out with a great mindset in helping each other on the glass, knowing we were kind of thin on the front line. Our bench was great, our guards, everybody came in on rebounding.feedback

Early on, he got it cookin. We kind of rode the wave from there.feedback

We're resilient, we're persistent and ... we just kept grinding it out.feedback

I think it was good defense on our part. They missed a couple of open ones, but that's from – they didn't have a rhythm. I think we did a good job of putting a hand up on the shots and getting out and rebounding ... for the most part we contested, forced them to shoot in the paint and got out and ran.feedback

You don't want Harden up there dancing with the ball, shooting step backs and running down court dancing. So we did a good job of limiting his shots, making him pass the ball and contesting shots as well at the 3-point line.feedback

I was trying to make a move. I didn't fall on my own.feedback

There are going to be nights like that. You've got to find a way to win. We put ourselves in a good position to win.feedback

That's pretty crazy. We almost have more assists than rebounds. That's sick. That shows we're getting more comfortable with each other.feedback

I don't want to say any part was strange. I've moved on. I'm part of the Golden State Warriors. I'm excited to be part of this team. What I did those last eight years was special and something I'm never going to forget, but I'm trying to look forward. I just try to separate those emotions and feelings and also try to do my job.feedback

When you get dunked on like that, as a competitor out there you want to come back and try to make a play and try to ignite your team. He ignited his team with that dunk. I was just trying to do the same throughout the whole game.feedback

As soon as the game started it brought back some memories, but after that it was back to business.feedback

What we can't do is let these games pile up. We can't panic. It's Game 1 of 82.feedback

To come out there and play as well as we did against a team that had stepped up their play as well, it showed that we came together at the right time.feedback

To go home as gold medalists and leave Coach K off with another gold was one of our main goals as well.feedback

This is where we wanted to be. We talked about it all summer and to be here for the final game, to win the gold, for all the marbles, we like our chances.feedback

The only thing that we changed was our passion and our energy. We were all one unit tonight and we need that going forward.feedback

We've got to build on it, but we're not satisfied at all.feedback

We fed off wanting to play better than the last three games.feedback

It is going to be a grind-out game, I'm looking forward to it. Most of their main players play in our league (the National Basketball Association) but we'll prepare for them tomorrow and see what we got.feedback

The game of basketball, everything's not going to be easy. We know that, even with this great team.feedback

Just because they aren't here today, we've got another batch of guys that's walking around on the streets saying they want to win a gold medal and we all have something in common. It's cool to have a fraternity of guys who have won a gold medal. It's rare.feedback

When you get hot, you want to see your bench get excited for you. That's better than making the shot, to be honest with you. When I saw my teammates get excited for me, that kept me going.feedback

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