Kevin Durant is coming off his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP and sweep of Cleveland. He has announced that he’ll be staying with the Warriors for the foreseeable future. After being one of the few players in recent memory who could challenge the all-time scoring mark held by Kareem might not happen. He has scored 20,913 career points and Kareem mark is 38,387. Kevin Durant, who turns 30 in September is considered calling it quits when he turns 35.
“This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it,” said Durant. “No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don’t. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that’s just a number in my mind.” Rich Kleiman, Durant’s business partner, said Durant had previously shared with him that he might walk away at 35. “I heard him say that, but I’ll believe it when it happens,” Kleiman said.
Durant explained why he’s not chasing the mark.
“Because it’s not about [the record],” Durant said. “I can leave the game knowing I did everything I wanted to do, my way, on my terms. That’s how I want to leave the game. And if I happen to have all these accolades and these accomplishments, then that’s cool. If not, I’m still cool.
“So I don’t think that’s going to define me as a player. It’s a cool accomplishment to be up there with the greats and to be considered someone who can potentially chase that, or beat that, but I’m not playing for that.”
Considered a basketball lifer, Durant had aspirations to be a professional basketball player since he was 8 years old. Although it has consumed most of his life, he said if he does retire at 35, he’ll be at peace with where he stands in history.
“Especially if I continue to approach the game the right way every day like I’ve been doing, hell yeah. Hell yeah I can move on,” he said. “No matter how many points I score, no matter how many people I pass up, no matter how many points I leave on the table, my legacy, as we always like to talk about, I can go up and ask any person who has ever seen me play and they’ll have a different way of viewing my game. So it’s hard for me to go out there and play for that type of stuff because it changes through so many people. So many groups of people probably view my game differently. So, it’s hard for me to focus on that.
“But I will focus on the people that love me the most, that encourage me, that pour into me and vice versa. I value what they say and how they feel about me more so than anything because that’s who I really went through this journey with, those people. That’s what my legacy lies in. I know they’re going to view it as a perfect career no matter what.”
Durant said he wants people to realize that he gave it his all.
Some of this article is taken from ESPN.
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