Kevin Durant will arguably be one of the top two players in the NBA for the next decade or so. Durant shows no signs of slowing down and seems to improve on an annual basis.
Part of Durant’s drive and determination might be attributed to the short time he spent with Kobe Bryant during their days sporting the red, white and blue for Team USA. Durant witnessed Kobe’s work ethic firsthand and said the following about how it has stayed with him via ESPN:
“We had the day off, but they said we could get some shots up if we wanted, so I decided to head over with [Oklahoma City teammate and Team USA hopeful] Jeff Green.
“Kobe [Bryant] was the only guy on the bus, 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.”
Durant went on to win two gold medals while playing alongside Kobe and is coming off his first MVP season leading the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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