During his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant mostly kept to himself with his private life being much of a mystery. Since his arrival to the Golden State Warriors, it has been almost a complete 180 in that regard. In a recent ESPN Q&A, Durant revealed why he made a sudden change in that regard.
Nah, I’m going to be real as hell and show you who I am, because I want the kids to see who I really am and the basketball players to see who I really am, and that’s all that matters to me. I’m just content with myself, happy with myself. I believe I’m enough, you know what I’m saying? I don’t have to be anybody I’m not. I’m not this tough guy, I’m not this super hard person. I’m going to show you my faults, I’m going to show you my insecurities, I’m going to be real.
This is often times a rarity in the world of sports with many players holding back who they truly are. It’s a hard task to be transparent with a plethora of possible detractors. The fact that Durant wants to be his true self is a strong testament to his character.
He is now able to be himself on and off the basketball court with the Warriors. Durant has quickly immersed himself in the team’s culture with a seamless transition. All of this should make for some intriguing moments moving forward.