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Durant tells “60 Minutes Sports” he’s still tired of being No. 2

Dec 4, 2013, 12:48 PM EST

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We use the phrase here regularly: Kevin Durant is the second best basketball player walking the planet earth right now.

Durant is sick of having that title. He has said it before and he said it again in an interview set to air on “60 Minutes Sports” which will air on Showtime tonight (10 ET). You can see a highlight of the interview below, but here is the money quote he gave James Brown.

“…People would just always say that it’s cool, you’re top three, that’s cool. That’s good to be there. It’s alright to be a top-three player in the world…I mean…I’m just tired of settling for that, tired of saying that, tired of hearing it,”

The piece appears to chronicle just how popular Durant is in OKC. Something he certainly is. Durant also projects a humble, everyman image that plays well in the midwestern market. Durant is pretty much that guy and they talk to his mother about how she raised him and worked to not let his ego get too big.

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Durant likes Oklahoma City and the team a lot, and he’s under contract for two seasons after this one. We’re a long time away from the summer of 2016 when he can be a free agent, it’s too early to speculate on how he might choose to handle that, too early to have an idea where the Thunder will be as a team at that point.

For now, Durant just wants to start racking up some of that hardware LeBron James has been hoarding the past couple seasons.

  1. deerod13 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Um. ok. so you are now actually the 3rd best. After L.James, and P. George. Is that better Cry Baby!

  2. mrbhenderson - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I wonder how public perception will impact this.

    If you like Durant, this will show his hunger, his passion to be great.

    If you dislike Durant, he is a whiner, and should let his play speak for itself.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    He gets calls for no contact more than anyone else. By far. If no one else thinks he’s the best player in the league, the REFS DEFINITELY DO.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      as long as I’m #1 he will always be # 2, that’s just the way it is.

    • thetruthcampaign - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      If you don’t like it, get better.

  4. vi3tguy415 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    people always say Durant is so close to LeBron from being the best player. remember when kobe was in his prime and compare that to Durant now, it’s a huge separation. still don’t get why people forget so easy.

    • vi3tguy415 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      SORRY MIAMI FANS. AND I DO MEAN IT. SMDO

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      vi3tguy415

      start picking stats for Kobe’s prime yrs and compare to the last 2 or so seasons of Durant.

      ONCE in Kobe’s career, he had a PER over 26 for two consecutive seasons.

      Durant has the past two seasons and most likely will this season.

      In Kobe’s 16 full seasons (not counting this yr), he’s had a total of 3 seasons with a PER above 26.

      Durant has already had 3 such seasons in his first 6 full seasons in the league (not counting this yr yet).

      Fine, let’s leave PER.

      In win shares, Durant has a higher win share percentage per game than Kobe.

      Kobe’s highest win share percentage per 48 min’s for a season was .224

      Duran’ts win share percentage per 48 last season was .291 (which was astronomically high).

      For reference, MJ has the highest career win share percentage of all time at .2505

      Kobe’s career true shooting percentage is only .555 and he’s in 131st place all time in the NBA for this.

      Durant’s career true shooting percentage is .593 and he’s in 25th place all time. He’s a MUCH better shooter than Kobe across the board.

      Kobe scores more per game on fewer shots than Kobe because he’s much more efficient than Kobe.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        lol. PER.

      • vi3tguy415 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        you’re a fool if you want to compare them or think Durant belongs on the same sentence. get out of here. hate talking to stubborn people.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      As far as overall production and efficiency, the best year from Kobe was about the same as the best year from Durant. Both are far below the best year from LeBron (or the top 4 years from LeBron).

  5. asublimeday - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Kobe won without shaq. Lebron has needed a ton of help. Kobe >>>

    • bendover09 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Kobe won with Pau Gasol. Kobe has never won without another superstar in his wing .

      Kobe with with no other star = 0 rings
      Dirk with no other star = 1 ring

      Priceless.

      • unxpexted1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        “Kobe has never won without another superstar in his wing ”

        I love Pau Gasol, but he is by no means a superstar. C’mon guys.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        The Mavericks present an interesting case. Tyson Chandler was a total difference maker for them defensively that year. He may not be a star in the traditional sense of getting a lot of press, and scoring a ton of points, but he was certainly playing like one that year.

      • llfreedman - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        @unxpected1, please don’t forget how great pau was before the knee injuries. Not sure why your definition of superstar is, but he was one of the best players in the league.

      • kingtotz - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        hmmm..
        Well, they had Kidd, Marion, Chandler, Stojakovic, Terry.
        That Dallas team is loaded with former stars.

        I love to bring this up. I would have to go with Hakeem (’94 Championship) that did it without any star/superstar. He just had a bunch of role players.

  6. deerod13 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    You’re right KD, you are the 3rd best, st best, behind LBJ and P. George. Is that better now you big Baby!

  7. gquesen - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    You kidding me? Kobe had three 7-footers on his last two title teams. Not taking anything from Kobe, but every team that wins it all is stacked.

    • unxpexted1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Bynum barely even played that first go around.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        He played in the playoffs. His presence was the biggest difference maker against Orlando compared to the Celtics series, in my humble opinion. He was rather good in the playoffs. Sucks that he’s mostly a shell of his former self.

      • sdlakerfan - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Actually Bynum averaged 6 pts, 4.2 rebounds, and less than 20 mins / game vs Orlando in 2009 as he was constantly in foul trouble trying to guard Dwight.

        His averages against Boston were better until he was hobbled the last 2-3 games and ended up with very similar averages to the yr before.

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bynuman01.html

  8. heat256 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Kevin:

    Every player in Jordan’s era felt the same way, and no one dethroned him. Perhaps that’s just how it’s gonna be.

  9. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Hrs everything an athlet should be. Screw Lebum and his ring chasing ways.

    • patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      life isnt easy being a wolves fan but please dont take it out on lebron lol

  10. patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    dont talk about it KD, be about it. you want to be #1? work hard and win a ring. simple

    • homergreenz - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Armchair psychobabble.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      And what makes you think he hasn’t been working hard? He’s gotten better every year he’s been in the league.

      • patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        i know he’s been working hard. he wouldnt be in the league if he didnt. im not questioning his work ethic. is there a problem with working and pushing harder? i didnt mean to cast any shade on him. im saying work hard as a mean of keep striving to be the best

  11. vi3tguy415 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    EVERYONE SHUT UP AND LISTEN TO MARK JACKSON AND RODMAN.

  12. antistratfordian - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Why is he always talking about being #2? He’s preoccupied with the idea. He said the same thing last season and nothing changed then, now he’s talking about it again this season…

    Durant has improved his passing numbers this year (career high 5.4 assists), but his FG% took a nose dive (near career low 45%) and we’re still wondering about his defense.

    Will he ever put it all together? I think one day he will on some level, but by then it will be too late. He’s 25 already and by that age LeBron was already light years beyond his current level.

  13. legend30 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Durant what have you done to even be #2? Zero rings and MVPs. Look I agree he’s the 2nd best player, but everyone keep saying he’s special, when he hasn’t won anything. I’m not trying to hate on Durant, but if you’re tired of being #2, then at least start by winning a MVP. I love watching Durant, but at this point I expect more from Durant. Prove me why you should be #1, because I don’t see it happening at this point, maybe people are simply right… You will always be #2.

    Again I’m not hating on Durant, he just needs to start winning (rings and MVPs) because he’s acting like he should be #1, when he hasn’t won s***.

    • legend30 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      And I’m still upset he called out Wade, because last time I checked my boy D-Wade has 3 rings and 1 finals MVP. Durant you have zero rings and MVPs. Durant check Wade’s career numbers, before you start calling out PROVEN CHAMPIONS. FYI, Wade is still playing at a high level (he’s extremely efficient) he’s just taking his time healing those knees, because he’s getting ready to get his 4th ring, you heard that Durant? FOURTH RING. At this point, Durant career reminds me of Carmelo’s career. Prove me wrong Durant… Win something besides the scoring title. #Preach

      • vi3tguy415 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        your boy? what’s his #? when is his bday? don’t call someone your boy when you don’t know him.

      • legend30 - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        I might D-Wade several time, I participate at his basketball camp during the summer. I’m pretty sure you never might Kobe or watch his game in person.

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