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Kevin Durant opens up on trade request

We wasn’t playing no games. I didn’t interfere with what we were doing on the court every day. It wasn’t a question of what you were asking my teammates every day after a game or a practice. What I did didn’t get in the way of the games that was being played, so I felt like that’s the difference in everything. So we hashed that all up right before camp, and it was cool, it didn’t get in the way of the hoops. So that’s the difference between what happened with those guys and [me].
Source: Nick Friedell @ ESPN

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NBA Math @NBA_Math
East All-Stars, per RPR MVP:
STARTERS
Donovan Mitchell
Jaylen Brown
Joel Embiid
Jayson Tatum
Kevin Durant
BENCH
DeMar DeRozan
Tyrese Haliburton
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Julius Randle
Pascal Siakam
Trae Young
Kyrie Irving
ALTERNATES
Porzingis, Garland, Harden, Brunson, Butler pic.twitter.com/yay1xOzdjX11:44 AM

Quinn Cook @QCook323
In a 7 game series who wins?
Steph, J Tatum, KD, Bron and AD vs.
Luka, Shai, Giannis, Jokic and Embiid.
I like team USA in 5 games no questions! Let’s get it spicyy 🌶️🌶️! Talk to me!!! – 9:35 AM
Quinn Cook @QCook323
In a 7 game series who wins?
Steph, J Tatum, KD, Bron and AD vs.
Luka, Bogdanovic, Giannis, Jokic and Embiid.
I like team USA in 5 games no questions! Let’s get it spicyy 🌶️🌶️! Talk to me!!! – 9:33 AM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Some good insight from KD in this Q&A he did with @Nick Friedell.
espn.com/nba/story/_/id…9:28 AM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Kevin Durant sat down in an exclusive interview with @Nick Friedell to talk free agency, fans, tanking and more. es.pn/3Iu43RX9:11 AM
Quinn Cook @QCook323
In a 7 game series who wins?
Steph, J Tatum, KD, Bron and AD vs.
Luka, Bogdanovic, Giannis, Jokic and Embiid.
I like team USA in 5 games! Let’s get it spicyy 🌶️🌶️🌶️! Talk to me!!! – 7:09 AM
Quinn Cook @QCook323
In a 7 game series who wins?
Steph, J Tatum, KD, Bron and AD.
vs.
Luka, Bogdanovic, Giannis, Jokic and Embiid.
I like team USA in 5 games! Let’s get it spicyy 🌶️🌶️🌶️! Talk to me!!! – 7:09 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets star Kevin Durant in #NBA MVP conversation on way to leading East in All-Star votes nypost.com/2023/01/05/kev… via @nypostsports10:49 PM
Kevin Durant @KDTrey5
That’s a tough win on the road by Purdue…
Ohio state got some young hoopers over there, that big 10 is some good bump.. – 9:23 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Out of KD, Giannis, Tatum and Embiid, someone will be left out of the voting (and media voting) for the East frontcourt. Ohh, feelings will be hurt – 8:33 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving led the East frontcourt and guards in the early All-Star fan vote.
And Nic Claxton cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Story on the Nets trio that has led Brooklyn’s resurgence: clutchpoints.com/nets-kevin-dur…6:09 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving led the East frontcourt and guards in the early All-Star fan vote.
And Nic Claxton cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Story on the Nets trio that has led Brooklyn’s resurgence. clutchpoints.com/nets-kevin-dur…6:09 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Great read from our @Alex Schiffer on how Kevin Durant has become a sounding board, conduit and tough love dispenser to other ballers who’ve suffered Achilles ruptures, as he did during the 2019 Finals. In @TheAthletic: bit.ly/3ierQL23:21 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
In the first All-Star fan vote return, Giannis Antetokounmpo is No. 2 (2.99M votes) in the Eastern Conference frontcourt behind Kevin Durant (3.11M).
Antetokounmpo is third in overall voting as LeBron James (3.16M) leads all players.
No other #Bucks player is in the top 10. – 2:46 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
LeBron James, Kevin Durant lead the NBA’s first 2022-23 All-Star fan voting returns sportando.basketball/en/lebron-jame…2:34 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum on being fourth in Eastern Conference frontcourt voting: “I’m in a tough ass position. I’m behind KD, Giannis and Embiid. All four of us are averaging 30 and in the MVP conversation or whatever. So I know I’ve got my work cut out to beat one of those guys.” – 2:30 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron James, Kevin Durant lead first round of fan NBA All-Star voting nba.nbcsports.com/2023/01/05/leb…2:23 PM
Lev Akabas @LevAkabas
Efficiency vs. volume for NBA scorers
• Giannis is shooting or going to the line almost once per minute
• Jokic, KD, Steph, Lauri, AD, Zion 🔥
• Westbrook, Rozier, FVV, Barnes 🥶
What jumps out to you? pic.twitter.com/07Bpl5ky4D1:42 PM

Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
LeBron and KD leading vote getters in first @NBAAllStar Fan returns. pic.twitter.com/Td8dYyEG5N1:22 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant leads the frontcourt and Kyrie Irving leads the guards in All-Star fan voting so far.
Nic Claxton cracked the top 10 in the frontcourt as well, one spot ahead of former Net Jarrett Allen. – 1:19 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Kyle Kuzma is in 7th place among East frontcourt players in the first fan-balloting returns for the 2023 All-Star Game, with 234,035 votes. The leaders — Kevin Durant, Giannis and Joel Embiid — are between 2.2-3.1 million. Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide starters. – 1:15 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
LeBron And KD lead the early fan vote for the All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/CT3sk7fvDp1:08 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
The NBA announced today that Lakers star LeBron James and Nets star Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting presented by AT&T. – 1:03 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Pascal Siakam is 6th among East frontcourt players in the initial returns of all-star fan voting. He trails KD, Giannis and Embiid (who are currently in line to start), as well as Tatum and Butler. No other Raptors player is in the top-10 at their position. – 1:02 PM
Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid is third in EC frontcourt All-Star votes with 2.2 million, trailing Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo
James Harden is also third in guard votes with 1.1 million, trailing Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell #Sixers1:02 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The first returns are in: Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the frontrunners to become All-Star captains after the first few days of All-Star voting. – 1:02 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Lakers’ LeBron James and Nets’ Kevin Durant lead the NBA’s first 2022-23 All-Star fan voting returns: pic.twitter.com/ObI4WQjnuH1:01 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns of #NBAAllStar.
Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each.
The next fan update is Jan. 12. pic.twitter.com/gOkqR4Hos51:01 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
First returns for All-Star voting. LeBron James and Kevin Durant leading their respective conferences pic.twitter.com/iyhrxKTZ6T1:01 PM

Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting.
Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each.
The next fan update is Jan. 12. pic.twitter.com/aq0TzV3Rbx1:01 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
KEVIN DURANT
Pre-Achilles injury: 27.0 ppg on 49.3 percent shooting
Post-Achilles injury: 29.0 ppg on 53.6 percent shooting
This guy… pic.twitter.com/1lxdzyomTf12:19 PM

More on this storyline

Why didn’t things splinter apart after all the Kyrie [Irving] stuff — why have you guys come back together now when things could have easily exploded? Kevin Durant: Because we was together regardless. I think coming into the training camp, we understood that it’s going to be a lot on us from a media standpoint, from just the noise in general around our team, so I think that made us tighter once camp started. So we was able to take the Kyrie stuff and move in stride because we were already stuck together before that. We started to win some games, started to get better as a team, and do some things out there that work for us. And now it seems like everything was patched all together, but it felt like it was always cool, to be honest. -via ESPN / January 6, 2023
Over the summer, when you decided to come back, why were you so confident that you guys still could compete for a title? I don’t even look at s— that way. My whole thing was like — are we, does the process matter to us? And that’s one thing I did know that people here enjoy, grinding. So that was the most important thing for me. Titles and stuff come with the process in which you — how you prepare. It was more so, “All right, are we going to practice harder? Are we going to pay more attention to detail?” Not just everybody else, all of us, me included. Is that going to be preached to us every day? I had the faith that that would happen because I voiced that throughout the summer as well. Even behind the scenes, like, “Yo, this is what I like to do. This is how I like to practice.” I’ve been saying that for the last couple years, so I figured at that point with me going through that, they understood what I value. That’s what I was hanging my hat on, the preparation side of it. -via ESPN / January 6, 2023
For all the advice Durant has given to others, he eschewed getting an advisor during his own recovery. He could have talked to DeMarcus Cousins, his teammate for 30 games in Golden State, or Rudy Gay, both of whom tore their Achilles before him. Instead, he decided to go it alone. “It was more by choice for me,” Durant said. “People can tell me how I’ll feel and what I’ll go through but I just wanted to experience it with no perspectives but just mine.” -via The Athletic / January 5, 2023




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