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JordansBulls
07-22-2010, 08:39 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=sheridan_chris&page=USA-Durant-100721




Kevin Durant made news earlier this month when he announced his contract extension with the Thunder via his Twitter account, an utter contrast to the hoopla and hype surrounding LeBron James' decision to sign as a free agent with the Miami Heat.

"I keep telling people my situation was a little different than the other guys. I'm a quiet guy, a low-key guy, so I chose that way," Durant said. "LeBron James is the biggest name in sports, so you can't blame him for what happened and how he made his decision."

Some of the roots of what made Durant such an efficient scoring machine can be traced back to the summer of 2008 when he was trying to make the roster for Beijing and the team was given a day off in Las Vegas.

We'll let Durant pick up the story from there.

"We had the day off, but they said we could get some shots up if we wanted, so I decided to head over to the gym with [Oklahoma City teammate] Jeff Green."

"Kobe [Bryant] was the only guy on the bus headed to the gym, and that spoke volumes to me -- he's the best player in the game, yet he's always willing to come work on his game, so that kind of motivated me and Jeff," Durant said. "He went by himself, he got a lot of shots up, and by the time he was done you could see he had gotten better over that hour. Like I said, it was a big inspiration to me and Jeff."

After getting cut for the first and last time in his life, Durant watched from the sofa as the American team waltzed into the gold-medal game and then was tested by Spain, ultimately emerging with a 118-107 victory that ended an eight-year gold-medal drought for the senior U.S. men's national team.



I love this kid.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
07-22-2010, 08:46 AM
Good read and Kobe definetly helped Durant and Green!

Black24Momba8
07-22-2010, 08:51 AM
Kobe helped every body on that team become better players

dnl123
07-22-2010, 09:02 AM
Kobe helps us all become better people and citizens.

Niro
07-22-2010, 09:19 AM
kobe is just a great great player

and finally somebody famous understands lebron decision

Carey
07-22-2010, 09:25 AM
Kobe helped every body on that team become better players

Agreed, i thought that getting that 8th seed and playing the Lakers might be one of the best things that happens to this team even though it meant an early exit. They'll look back at that series as a key moment at defining their future success.

BKNets21
07-22-2010, 09:37 AM
Huge respect for Durant.

TheWatcher34
07-22-2010, 09:38 AM
Durant will be greater than Kobe :hide:

Lakers211221
07-22-2010, 09:47 AM
I hope that Kobe passes the torch to Durant and it skips Lebron!

Giaps
07-22-2010, 09:58 AM
This is why I love Kobe Bryant... he has the drive/competitive spirit that is unparalleled in this league... a very Jodan/Magic/Bird like mindset.

Durant might be the closest thing (mentally) to Kobe.

Raidaz4Life
07-22-2010, 10:03 AM
Durant has got to be the best role model in the league.

GREATNESS ONE
07-22-2010, 10:27 AM
Kobe is the Man ! ! Durant is AWESOME !

xbrackattackx
07-22-2010, 10:32 AM
Durant will be greater than Lebron :hide:

Fixed.

0nekhmer
07-22-2010, 10:34 AM
haha durant is such a good role model. a good guy who is famous!

Da Knicks
07-22-2010, 10:44 AM
I had the flu when i started reading this and now i dont! thank you kobe i know you cured me somehow...

dnewguy
07-22-2010, 11:46 AM
Keep up the student mentality Durrant. Lebron and Wade are both better than Kobe btw.

Jays Claw
07-22-2010, 11:53 AM
Goes to show the work ethic, drive and compassion Kobe Bryant has for the game of basketball.

LA_Raiders
07-22-2010, 12:23 PM
Good to know that Kobes legacy is helping motivate the future Real Super Stars...

LA_Raiders
07-22-2010, 12:24 PM
Keep up the student mentality Durrant. Lebron and Wade are both better than Kobe btw.

Its better than the Coward Mentality...

lakers4sho
07-22-2010, 12:25 PM
Its better than the Coward Mentality...

ouch :o

Unruly Fan
07-22-2010, 12:30 PM
Kobe helps us all become better people and citizens....smh

Chacarron
07-22-2010, 12:46 PM
Keep up the student mentality Durrant. Lebron and Wade are both better than Kobe btw.

This post and many others you've made got me thinking "Are you bitter at life?"

shep33
07-22-2010, 12:46 PM
Durant is awesome, I don't think anybody dislikes this kid.

Rivera
07-22-2010, 12:48 PM
is durant or kobe becoming the NEW mike james of psd???? :hide:

Frezhnitz
07-22-2010, 12:48 PM
Keep up the student mentality Durrant. Lebron and Wade are both better than Kobe btw.

No they aren't.

Chacarron
07-22-2010, 12:59 PM
is durant or kobe becoming the NEW mike james of psd???? :hide:

I'm sorry sir but there is only ONE Mike James.

Lakersho
07-22-2010, 01:08 PM
This is why I love Kobe Bryant... he has the drive/competitive spirit that is unparalleled in this league... a very Jodan/Magic/Bird like mindset.

Durant might be the closest thing (mentally) to Kobe.
...ya the league will take notice of this kid. he'll be the next " ONE " to be the " MAN " on his team and lead'em to the ship. he'll do it as mj , magic, bird , and kobe , kids not a coward...

Keep up the student mentality Durrant. Lebron and Wade are both better than Kobe btw.

...P S D needs to put a 12 mo. probat. period on new user bait post... always the same stuff...

tredigs
07-22-2010, 01:14 PM
Kobe helped me crush the SAT's, lose my virginity and save a beached whale... in the same night.

TheHoopsProphet
07-22-2010, 01:19 PM
Without motivation from Kobe, I wouldn't have been able to go through my hang over this morning.

TheHoopsProphet
07-22-2010, 01:20 PM
Kobe One Kanobe, help Kevin Skywalker defeat the darkside at south beach when you're time is up

COBY KARL
07-22-2010, 01:35 PM
Keep up the student mentality Durrant. Lebron and Wade are both better than Kobe btw.

Lebron probably thinks so, but Wade is man enough to admit that Kobe is better than himself.

kozelkid
07-22-2010, 01:43 PM
Kobe helps us all become better people and citizens.

:laugh2:
Funny enough, he also helped Derrick Rose as well.

P-O-Z
07-22-2010, 02:31 PM
No they aren't.

Maybe not the best but lebron is certainly more talented than kobe .

Kobe IS the best player in the league .
Lebron IS the most talented .

Wade>You
07-22-2010, 02:33 PM
Has Kobe ever gotten that knee surgery that was supposed to keep him out of the World Championships?

RaiderLakersA's
07-22-2010, 02:36 PM
Huge respect for Durant.

Agreed. If this kid can keep his head during the rough times...and there will be plenty of challenges down the road if past is prologue... then he'll become the face of the NBA.

lakers4sho
07-22-2010, 02:40 PM
Has Kobe ever gotten that knee surgery that was supposed to keep him out of the World Championships?

finger

RaiderLakersA's
07-22-2010, 02:45 PM
Kobe helped me crush the SAT's, lose my virginity and save a beached whale... in the same night.

Calling your first love "a beached whale" is just wrong!

RaiderLakersA's
07-22-2010, 02:45 PM
finger

He is going to have his knee scoped or something, too, according to one of his exit interviews.

smith&wesson
07-22-2010, 02:51 PM
Lamar odem & andrew bynam for durant.

fisher
kobe
artest
durant
gasol

= 3 more ships!

BkOriginalOne
07-22-2010, 02:56 PM
Kobe saved my marriage.

Purple&Gold24
07-22-2010, 03:09 PM
Durant learning to be a King from the True King :worthy:

Bruno
07-22-2010, 06:11 PM
[QUOTE=COBY KARL;14244934]Lebron probably thinks so, but Wade is man enough to admit that Kobe is better than himself.[QUOTE/

Link.

http://dimemag.com/2009/06/dwyane-wa...r-in-the-game/

2008 Gold Medal game. vs. Spain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9-MNf2RO5k

jerellh528
07-22-2010, 07:31 PM
I had the flu when i started reading this and now i dont! thank you kobe i know you cured me somehow...

hahah funniest thing ive read in a while, I actually "loled"