Durant talks Lebron homecoming, free-agency with reporters
Thunder forward Kevin Durant is currently in Las Vegas prepping for the FIBA World Cup and spoke to reporters yesterday on a number of topics, including his own pending free-agency.
First, reporters asked about his thoughts on Lebron James’ return to Cleveland. Durant said he thought it was well-thought-out and classy and he applauded James’ decision to do it in a letter. The future hall-of-famer also said it’s good to see players thinking about more than just basketball for once.
Durant and James have been noted friends off the court for several years now, so it comes as no surprise that Durant had nothing but good things to say about Lebron’s decision and his future.
But then reporters asked the question that puts every Thunder fan on edge – his impending free-agency.
Durant is originally from Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., which also happens to be the home for the Washington Wizards. Reporters asked Durant if he would follow in Lebron’s footsteps and have a homecoming change of his own when the time came.
“I’m going to do what’s best for me," he said. "It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.”
Durant said he grew up watching the Bullets and Wizards franchises in D.C. and he loves his home city, but added that he loves Oklahoma City, too.
Durant still has some time to make his choice, but until then, his focus is on Team U.S.A. and getting Oklahoma City to its first title.
Rose continues to impress in Team U.S.A. practices
In other NBA news, Team U.S.A. assistant coach Jim Boeheim told media outlets that he thinks Derrick Rose is the biggest surprise on the team.
Rose has continued to open eyes with his practicing after returning from a torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games this past season. Rose has been garnering praise from coaches and players alike, including Boeheim.
“The one thing I was worried about is whether he would be able to step in after so much time off," Boeheim said. "He looks, to me, as good as when we had him in the world championship in 2010, when he was at full strength coming into an MVP year. He looks very, very good.”
The FIBA World Cup will begin at the end of August in Spain and will last through Sept. 14.