INDIANAPOLIS — As Kevin Durant continues working his means up the all-time scoring checklist, he does so with a higher appreciation for what LeBron James is undertaking as he approaches the NBA’s all-time scoring file.
“To be the primary in something, there’s 8 billion folks on the earth, we simply figured that out final week, so to be the quantity one in all all time at scoring the basketball, I am positive it will be a spread of feelings for him,” Durant stated at Friday’s shootaround, upfront of a recreation towards the Indiana Pacers. “However to be in an period the place we see this dwell is fairly cool as effectively. You most likely cannot even describe the feelings and emotions him and his household and his buddies are going to undergo, nevertheless it’s cool to see it up shut.”
Durant, who comes into Friday’s recreation with 26,074 factors, handed Kevin Garnett for 18th place on the all-time checklist in Wednesday’s win over the Toronto Raptors. He says he is by no means targeted on changing into the all-time scoring king, at the same time as he climbs to the next place in basketball historical past every evening.
“I by no means actually considered it,” Durant stated. “I heard the talks, particularly early on in my profession once I was doing stuff the LeBron’s, the Michael Jordan’s have carried out within the league so far as scoring, however I understand how powerful it’s to constantly do that yr in and yr out, day in and day trip. Lots of stuff is out of your management. However I simply attempt to are available in and be the very best model of myself I may be and no matter occurs, occurs.”
The identical goes for every participant Durant passes on the checklist. He stated he by no means had a specific title he needed to get previous, preferring to give attention to bettering his personal recreation day after day.
“I by no means considered it that means,” Durant stated. “It is at all times about simply hold including, hold build up good days day-after-day. Being constant in who I’m as a participant, and seeing what occurs on the finish of the highway. So I am simply grateful to stand up and do one thing like this day-after-day. Simply hold including to my talent and hold constructing my database for the sport, I assume.
“That is what I sit up for on a regular basis. Whoever I go and no matter information I break for myself, it’s what it’s. However I am simply making an attempt to stand up and be out there, be the very best I can day-after-day.”
Durant and James have not performed towards one another since a Christmas Day recreation in 2018 resulting from a wide range of accidents for each gamers, however Durant needed to smile when requested about that reality after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 13
“I wasn’t excited about it till ya’ll began bringing it up,” Durant stated. “He is clearly top-two participant to ever play, prime three participant to ever play the sport so it is at all times going to be pleasure when he steps on the ground. And we have been round for thus lengthy that folks have seen so many battles between us two on the highest stage that folks sit up for it. It is cool that we’re nonetheless related at an outdated age, folks need to come watch us play.”