Brooklyn Nets Forward Kevin Durant Discusses Teammates Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons Why He Declined Trade Request – Andscape


SACRAMENTO — The Brooklyn Nets gave up an NBA-high in a season-a 153-121 Losing to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Protect Kyrie Irving He was left out for the seventh consecutive game during a team-imposed suspension for the “harmful effect of his conduct” in relation to a social media post about a book and movie containing anti-Semitic ideas. There’s a new head coach in Jack Vaughn early in the season. And guarding Ben Simmons He comes off the bench trying to regain his losing NBA All-Star form.


When the dust settled about an hour after the roller coaster net exploded, the All-Stars were 12 times over Kevin Durant He was at peace, wearing a smile and wearing his trademark baseball cap. He was grateful to be able to play basketball for a living.

“I can’t believe it. Love life now. I don’t think the world understands that. Maybe I need to get more fluff written about me,” Durant told Inscape at the Golden 1 Center. Smile more in pictures. Maybe people will understand that I am not miserable in life. Likes [TNT NBA analyst] Charles [Barkley] He said I miserable mr. I guess because I don’t [smile] enough for cameras. But I’m doing an incredible job, man.”

Below is a Q&A interview with Durant in which he talks about why he stayed with Brooklyn after a trade, Irving, Simmons, life in Brooklyn, playing at the Barkley Center, his focus, lack of hobbies and more.

Guard Kyrie Irving (left) and forward Kevin Durant (right) of the Brooklyn Nets participate in open field practice Oct. 8 at HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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It’s been a difficult situation and I feel like both sides have learned more about each other, so I hope it moves on. [Kyrie Irving] can only move forward.

What are the things you like in life?

What do you not like in this life? I’m a great player. I get up to go every day, and work on my game. I make a lot of money. I buy a lot of great products. I don’t understand why there is a question of whether I am happy or not. I just look at the big picture of things. Obviously, basketball, I want to do well, win every game and I want it to be perfect. But this does not mean that my whole life is stressful.

In terms of Kyrie’s suspension and status, how has it affected you?

I think about all my teammates and how they’re doing and what they’re going through as NBA players. I want the best for everyone. Ky, the organization, I just want it all to be, all of us to be allied. It was a difficult situation and I felt like both sides learned more about each other, so, hopefully, it will move forward. We can go on, just play ball. I miss seeing him here. I miss playing with him. But most of these things are beyond my control, so I try not to focus on them too much. Just worry about what’s in the locker room.

Do you still see her working on the Nets with Kyrie here?

yes. I can’t believe this — it doesn’t work just because we’ve been through some adversity, some bumps in the road. We just keep fighting until we can’t. That’s how I look at it. It’s exciting to come to work every day to improve as a team and as an individual. For me, being a captain, it’s good to see the development of the youth in the league. Every game is important to us. There is a spotlight on us because of our timing. There’s a lot to do, is we just have to step up and play differently, so I’m really excited about that. Everything I enjoy is basketball. It looks no matter what is thrown at us [I enjoy] You try to exercise, try to figure it out and get over it.

You had a trade request with the Nets earlier in the season that pulled it. What made you want to stay, and do you still want to stay?

I just love the people here. We had a tough season last year. Lots of twists. I felt like squeezing a deal or telling how I felt about the organization, we were able to have some honest conversations on both sides. So, I think that was what we needed, and we were able to move forward. So, it was about grinding. I committed here. I fell here. So, it’s about grinding, seeing where it takes us.

Ben Simmons is clearly back in action after a long and difficult hiatus. How do you get him to return to the NBA All-Star he was to help the Nets compete for a championship?

Just keep cheering. More than anything else it comes from within. Inwardly knowing it out. And we can cheer him on and be there for him as much as we can, but it’s all about the individual and I think he wants that. So, you have to be patient, but also know that there is some sense of urgency as well. So, it’s a balance that you have to get with it. But most of the time, most of it comes internally.

What is your favorite hobby now off the field? When you walk away from this, what do you do?

Watch [basketball]. Talk about it. Get around guys, talk. I need nothing to take my mind off basketball. I enjoy doing what I do. Everything feeds from this. This is the source, it is the hub. All I like to do. I love other games – because I knew how to love the game first. Music, movies and all that – I’ve generally come to love just because I play basketball. So, everything I do fuels the game. The people I talk to love the game as much as I do. And just because it’s not going as well as we want it to, doesn’t mean I need other things to do — to take my mind off it. I am completely immersed in this.

But you still have some things to love other than basketball, right?

Not during the season. I don’t go out. I don’t go to hang out. I hang out with my teammates if we go out. But I love what I do. Play a video game, go home, and go to practice. plays games. This is it.

Ben Simmons (left) and Kevin Durant (right) of the Brooklyn Nets play during the second half against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on October 6 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Everything I do fuels the game. The people I talk to love the game as much as I do. And just because it’s not going as well as we want it to, doesn’t mean I need other things to do — to take my mind off it. I am completely immersed in this.

You are a 12-time NBA Superstar, 2-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 2014 NBA MVP and you are a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. What do you need most to accomplish in this league?

Just keep at it. I feel like I’ve experienced everything. Obviously, I want to do more and more. I want to win more, and I want to stay here. Get the most out of my body, my skills, and whatever comes next. But for the most part, I just want to keep it, keep it coming.

What can you still get from Brooklyn and New York City? You are in the largest media marketplace in the world. Did you squeeze it as hard as you could? I suppose that must be part of the reason you went there.

no. There are a lot of things I could have done in New York that I didn’t want to do because I wanted to start a basketball team first. And I love New York because of the energy surrounding the game. People enjoy the game in its purest form. You’re making a good move at Barclays [Center], you will hear it regardless of who did it, the opposing team, or the home team. So, I felt like this is where the game started. This is where the spirit and spirit of the game kind of grew, in New York. So, I feel like that every time I go to Barclays, and that’s really why I went there.

And it’s obviously a good place to live, a media market. Being a superstar in this league, I knew how much being there can help me do things off the field. But that would have happened no matter where I was. But the energy around New York City basketball, [the] Brooklyn area specifically, they’ve been rallying around who I am as a player. They have been sticking around for our team no matter what happened to us, and they appreciate what I bring. So, that’s a big part of it.

Mark J. Spears is Andscape’s Senior NBA Writer. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn’t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.

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