Writer Matt Sullivan is releasing a new book on Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets. This incident is an excerpt from KD’s childhood.
Kevin Durant has had the quite a tumultuous life in basketball. He’s always been the class of his high school team, his college team and then for 14 years, his NBA team.
He’s only been the second-best player on his team once in his entire life, when he went to London with the Redeem Team alongside Kobe Bryant and peak LeBron James.
As a result, KD has garnered tons of respect from his teammates and opponents alike. His work ethic is a crucial ingredient in building up his skillset over the past 25-odd years. He’s now landed in the Big Apple, taking Nets fans to heights they’ve never realistically aspired to before this.
However, he’s had one teammate who people routinely place above himself in the all-time rankings. They’ve even called this particular guy better than KD when they were both teammates. You probably know we’re talking about Steph Curry.
The relationship between Kevin Durant and Steph is shrouded in mystery. We won’t really know what Durant truly feels about his 2-time MVP teammate for 3 years till their retirements. However, it is interesting to take a look at just how far back they really go.
“Kevin Durant, run his little a** to the bleachers”: KD’s coach on beating Steph Curry
Matt Sullivan, a former NY Times and Guardian writer, has been penning a book on the tumultuous past couple of seasons of the NBA. He’s done a ton of groundwork and research to get this job done.
He’s recently posted a fascinating excerpt from his book on his Twitter, involving Kevin Durant and Steph Curry as children. It really was looking back at KD’s decision to join Golden State and the backdrop leading to it. The situation is best described in Sullivan’s own words:
“Posted up on his couch, he saw Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors motor through the playoffs, all pop-a-shot threes and no dunkaroos. Their energy reminded KD of the high-octane style from his youth-hoops team back in Prince George’s county, Maryland.”
“‘Overrated!‘, people would shout from the bleachers. Run his little a** into the bleachers! KD’s coach, Taras ‘Stink’ Brown instructed 10-year-old Kevin from the sidelines when the Jaguars first played against 11-year-old Stephen Curry.”
In all the many chronicles of Kevin Durant, I do like this little story from my book (https://t.co/ZNyLbzFQGF):
10-year-old Kevin was playing 11-year-old Stephen Curry in a youth tournament.
KD’s coach yelled from the sideline: “Run his little ass into the bleachers!” pic.twitter.com/Ci9yCGsPTS
— Matt Sullivan (@sullduggery) June 19, 2021