“The thing that I was more concerned about is that I was just so shy. I didn’t want to look dumb,” Durant said, when asked if he had any apprehension about doing the movie, which he filmed last year in Louisiana during the NBA lockout. “She told me don’t worry about that. You can’t let other people dictate how you live. She gave me a whole little speech. I said, ‘Why not?’ I want people to see another side of me that they don’t see on the basketball court.
“When people are used to you doing something, they want you to stay in that lane,” Durant said, adding that he has received text messages from James and fellow Olympic teammates Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony telling him that they planned to take their children to see the movie. “But I had the courage to do something else and most people don’t want to see you do that. I really don’t care. I’m going to enjoy it. My family is going to enjoy it and people that go into it with an open mind are going to enjoy it.”
Moving at his own pace
Durant has had an eventful few months, with Oklahoma City losing in the Finals, winning a gold medal and starring in a movie, but he said the experience in London stands out among them all. “That’s the top for sure. Not just because we won the gold. It’s just the memories that we had while we was over there. Every day was fun,” Durant said. “It felt good to win the gold medal but I learned a lot by losing in the Finals and just going through every single obstacle throughout the season, the ups and downs. I can learn a lot more from losing and going through tough times rather than just winning it and going from there.”
Since the Heat claimed the NBA championship, several teams have reloaded this offseason, most notably the Lakers, who added three-time defensive player of the year Dwight Howard, two-time MVP Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison to the mix.
“We all are going to have to compete. I don’t think no team is going to lay down for anybody,” Durant said. “Everybody has got to play and I like our chances.”
Durant revealed his urgency to win with his tearful exit following Oklahoma City’s loss to Miami in Game 5. Nothing is promised beyond this moment, which made the Olympic gold medal that Durant won two weeks ago in London that much more fulfilling, but he said he would continue to move at his current pace, with the expectation that he’ll eventually seize his moment with an NBA title.
“I’m not going to let people define my career as a player thus far if I don’t win a championship,” he said. “They are going to say I’m a bust or I flopped or that I didn’t have a good career in the NBA because I didn’t win a championship in the time that they wanted me to do it? I’m just going to keep enjoying what I’m doing and hopefully I get there sooner than later.”