Kevin Durant is not nice, he’s actually very nice.
Whether it’s former teammates comparing him to Jesus, former interns talking about the way he treats fans or even current team members speaking to him during interviews, he’s about as good of a guy as it gets. Don’t get it twisted though, as caring as he is away from the hardwood, the man is straight nasty on the court.
Smooth as a scorer but still capable of going into beast mode, KD flipped the switch as the poster boy for candid kindness as he put boys on posters during the Western Conference Finals. Dismantling the Dallas Mavericks, who would eventually go on to win the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant proved to no longer be the boy up next, but better yet the man of the moment as he nabbed his first NBA Scoring Title and the respect of all peers.
His weapons of choice? Dagger jumpers, demolishing dunks and PE pairs of the Nike KD 3.
Showing out but far from slowing down, Kevin Durant’s momentum on court and on foot continued into the next season. Wearing the Nike KD 4 — which most would consider to be the best model in his still growing signature legacy — Durant led the Thunder through the Western Conference Playoffs in heroic fashion.
Sweeping the defending champs from Dallas, putting out Kobe and the Lakers and even overthrowing Timmy’s Spurs, the stage was set for a showdown against LeBron James and the new look Miami Heat. While the South Beach ballers would take home the hardware, KD would make his mark by leading both teams in scoring with 30 points a night.
Will Durant flip the switch once again this season and claim his first ring?
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