KEVIN Durant sat comfortably on a sofa with his right arm stretched on top, talking about his journey from a scrawny kid from Maryland to being one of the world’s best cagers, in a short, intimate chat with media on Monday morning at the Peninsula Manila.
The Golden State superstar has all the time to relax off the court and make appearances after leading the Warriors to back-to-back NBA championship last month.
If he was Leonardo da Vinci, Durant and the Warriors crafted their Mona Lisa by sweeping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their latest finals rematch.
“I just like to sign off on a perfect piece of art, perfect canvass you sign off, I felt like that was Game Four of the finals that we’ve created this amazing masterpiece throughout the season,” Durant said.
“Now, we can chill and let it dry for a bit, which is the whole summer, and get back to work next season,” he added.
But when he returns to the Bay Area to work on a new painting, expect Durant and the Warriors to stay hungry as they begin their quest for a three-peat and fourth championship in five years.
“I think everybody’s excited that we head to a different realm of success when it comes to the team, but we’re still not satisfied; we’ve got a long ways to go, wanting to even be better,” Durant said.
The Warriors have proven that by pulling off a coup with the acquisition of Demarcus Cousins, who adds glitter to an already star-studded cast of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Durant.
But the rest of the field is also beefing up with the prime goal of toppling the mighty Warriors. LeBron’s move to the Los Angeles Lakers is the perfect example, sparking a flurry of offseason transactions to make each team better.
But Durant, who signed a two-year contract extension with the Warriors, doesn’t mind the renewed challenge as he welcomes all comers in another title defense.
“I think it’s great for the league,” the 29-year-old cager said. “It’s amazing that players are starting to take control of their careers, and I think prioritizing winning is what basketball’s always been about. That’s why we all started to play – because we want to win and have fun out there. I love what’s going on right now.
“It’s great to be a basketball player not just in the NBA, but as a grassroots player aspiring to be in the NBA, there’s so much energy around the game,” he added.