At 4:30 on a blow-dryer-hot August afternoon in Las Vegas, a three-beat chant booms from the back seat of a black SUV.
At 4:30 on a blow-dryer-hot August afternoon in Las Vegas, a three-beat chant booms from the back seat of a black SUV.
Steve Kerr's answer, of course, was "yes." There was no pause to consider how adding Kevin Durant to a 73-win team would affect chemistry. No worry that the four-time NBA scoring champion might disrupt the delicate ecosystem he'd created. Kerr needed no convincing.
First the waiters in Delhi brought Kevin Durant a plate of butter chicken, and then what looked like…a pizza? Then some rice, and a glass of tequila, and then a plate of samosas. “I'm sorry,” Durant said to the waiter bending low over his shoulder.
In the glass-box proscenium of the Nolan Ryan Building on Nike's Brussels-size campus outside Portland, Oregon, Kevin Durant is walking the sacred transept of Sneaker Paradiso: the studios where young designers, working in pods, create future seasons of basketball footwear, some in styles and col
Kevin Durant kept it “100” about his decision to join the Golden State Warriors. After a five-year hiatus, Durant is one win shy from returning to the NBA Finals with the Warriors.
OAKLAND — Kyrie Irving missed a jumper with a minute left, Draymond Green grabbed the rebound and, with 55 seconds on the clock, Kevin Durant bent over in disbelief and staggered toward the ABC broadcast booth around midcourt, his back turned to the ongoing action. The Warriors were up 11.
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's May 8 NBA Playoffs Issue. Subscribe today! It's March 15, and Stephen Curry is hard at work in his laboratory, firing shots at the basket tucked in the corner of Golden State's practice facility.
After a turbulent summer, the N.B.A.’s newest “villain” is finding peace and building an empire among the Bay Area’s techies. By ALEX WILLIAMSFEB. 18, 2017
OAKLAND — About 30 minutes after Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green sat at his locker in full uniform, fiddling with his phone. All around him, teammates hastily showered and dressed, rushing from Oracle Arena and the champagne fumes that polluted the air.
Golden State’s new Lineup of Death is just the Warriors playing a sweet-shooting, ballhandling, defensive polymath at centerTen years ago, Kevin Durant was a 215-pound teenager who couldn’t complete a single bench press at the NBA combine.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- By now the folks at Morton's The Steakhouse in Cleveland have the lavish postgame dinner spread for the Golden State Warriors down. There's steak, any way you'd want it. Gigantic platters of salad. A raw bar with jumbo shrimp, crab and lobster around a fancy ice sculpture.
So much of the conversation in professional sports centers around the business as it does the game. How do you build your #brand? How do you expand your reach? How do you hit global superstar status? For Kevin Durant, his path was simple: He just did himself.
He's the NBA's most unstoppable scorer, but the knock on him so far is that he's too nice to be like Mike, too quiet to dethrone King James. Don't believe it. Yes, Kevin Durant might kill you with kindness—but he's as deadly as any superstar alive
OKLAHOMA CITY — The play begins 75 feet from the basket, with a lunge and a steal, the start of a Kevin Durant breakaway. The strange murmurs begin a split-second later. Durant is dribbling, running, gliding past midcourt, losing his last defender.
Long before the confetti cannons burst, before Kevin Durant danced and Stephen Curry shimmied in a storm of yellow crepe paper, long before they were christened as champions, the Golden State Warriors earned an exhaustive list of labels. And maybe too talented for the good of the NBA.
Get all of Lee Jenkins's columns as soon as they’re published. Download the new Sports Illustrated app (iOS or Android) and personalize your experience by following your favorite teams and SI writers. This story appears in the May 30, 2016, issue of Sports Illustrated.
Kevin Durant is an NBA champion. Now he sits down with Bill Simmons to talk everything you could ever want to know about the Finals, the Warriors, and himself.Kevin Durant finally has his ring, and on the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, he talked about his dream season.
Two days after Stephen Curry agreed to terms on a landmark five-year, $201 million deal that will be the richest in league history, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant has gone all in on altruism, agreeing to a two-year, $53 million contract. (For reference, his $26.
A 27-year-old man, one of the best in the world at his profession, chose a new employer Monday. He framed the decision in terms that any ambitious young person would understand. If Kevin Durant were a neurosurgeon or a world-class chef, no one would flinch at the choice.
Kevin Durant ranks No. 8 in the ESPN World Fame 100. This story about him appears in ESPN The Magazine's June 12 World Fame Issue. Subscribe today! HE CHOSE the house in the hills because it provided the most expansive view: the Bay, the bridge, his new city, his new home.
As Kevin Durant walked by, a female Oklahoma City Thunder fan unrolled toilet paper close enough for Durant to see his face on each square. Bitter Thunder fans were still chanting, “cupcake … cupcake,” at the Golden State Warriors newcomer.
Starting with: What do these Finals mean for the Warriors superstar?Kevin Durant — as a player, as a person, as an idea, as a movement, as a totem — is a curious proposition. So here are 70 questions about him:1. Well, what now?2. How do we handle this situation?3.
It’s the church of choice for Bieber and Durant. It’s where the cool kids spend Sunday morning after Saturday night at the club. For ye of little faith, it’s hard to make sense out of Hillsong.
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Kevin Durant reached his professional pinnacle a little less than two months ago, finally adding an NBA title and Finals MVP to his basketball mantlepiece. The celebration was fierce that night and during the days that followed.
Your teams. Your favorite writers. Wherever you want them. Personalize SI with our new App. Install on iOS or Android. Last fall, the Warriors hired a famous person for an obscure position, tabbing two-time MVP Steve Nash as a player development consultant.
The Warriors are, unsurprisingly, the best team in basketball and there is no close second. But the thrill of last season is gone. What happened? Our staffers weigh in.We’re more than halfway through the regular season, and the Warriors are finally delivering on their promise.
Nothing of note, anyway. Sure, he was jeered mightily in that February game in Oklahoma City by the fans he'd abandoned. And there was that odd night in Vancouver last October, when all of Canada seemed to turn on him, booing every second of his Golden State Warriors preseason debut.
When you have Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, things can only go so wrong. A lot of Golden State’s comeback against San Antonio will be chalked up to the third-quarter departure of Kawhi Leonard, who left the game after apparently reinjuring his ankle.
The 2017 Finals have belonged to Kevin Durant. Cleveland has had no answer for him, and I can only assume that LeBron James’s 2015 nightmares about Andre Iguodala have been replaced with new ones about the man once known (for a very short time) as the Slim Reaper.
As the Golden State Warriors sat in their locker room a year ago, digesting the final loss of the worst collapse in NBA history, Andre Iguodala stood and said he wanted to address the group. Iguodala rarely does this, according to several members of the team. Everyone stopped.
Your teams. Your favorite writers. Wherever you want them. Personalize SI with our new App. Install on iOS or Android. On Monday, Kevin Durant drastically altered the landscape of the NBA.
Kevin Durant violated the unwritten NBA code of alpha leaders when he signed on with the Golden State Warriors. His critics practically suggested he had unmanned himself by wanting to play for a ready-made franchise with talent equal to his own.
This piece was updated after publication with additional information about the knee injury Kevin Durant suffered on Tuesday night and its effect on the Warriors. Kevin Durant limped off the court Tuesday night after Marcin Gortat rag-dolled Zaza Pachulia to the ground and into Durant’s left leg.
You know #35 as a former Rookie of the Year, MVP and eight-time NBA All-Star. But Kevin Durant’s success reaches far beyond the basketball court.
IT'S BEEN SEVEN months and six days since Kevin Durant made his decision. The Oklahoma City Thunder have moved on, or so they say. The city hasn't, at least not entirely, as aftershocks -- T-shirts that read "35-35=0" or the occasional No.
THEY HAD COME to expect he would hit the improbable jumper, the most difficult shot at the most critical time.
Much like the first two times they played each other this season, cameras and storylines will follow Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s every move on Saturday, when the ex-teammates square off in Oklahoma City for the first time since Durant signed with the Warriors last summer.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Times have changed in the NBA. Draft prospects are flexing their collective might, and with it, sitting out the combine. Kevin Durant, who 10 years ago failed to bench press 185 pounds even once and was ranked last in camp in drills, was still drafted No.
The man in the wheelchair needed help from his friends to go up three steps to get near Kevin Durant in the VIP section. The timing wasn’t the greatest, as it was nearly 1 a.m.
You can't affix an asterisk to a championship. NBA titles require too much precision and will, irrespective of the talent on the roster. Over the course of a season, players and coaches routinely proclaim some variation of, "It's hard to win in the NBA," and that aphorism holds a lot of truth.
Reporter: What kind of parental role has [LeBron] played for you and your teammates? Kyrie Irving: Parental role? I don’t know how to really answer that question. He’s been a great leader for us. I have one father. That’s my dad, Drederick Irving.
Eleven months ago, as the world heaved under Kevin Durant’s feet, we had a million reasons why Kevin Durant would leave his brodie Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
KD and Steph are having a Finals to remember, but it’s due to their individual performances, not any kind of on-court symbiosis. They are a silent partnership — an All-NBA pair that doesn’t require one another to succeed.
Kevin Durant is on the NBA All-Twitter team, the wing complement to Joel Embiid’s dominant post presence. KD has earned this distinction over the course of eight years, since he tweeted about watching the History Channel while in the club.
Throughout his career, Kevin Durant has been asked many times about Washington, D.C. He grew up not far from the city, in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, and in 2013 he brought reporters to see the small house where his grandma lived and the big hill where he’d done grueling conditioning drills.
Pro basketball superstar Kevin Durant tweeted an apology Friday after making comments critical of India during an interview with sports website the Athletic. Durant, a member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, traveled to India recently, where he apparently experienced some culture shock.
IT'S MID-APRIL, less than 24 hours before the Golden State Warriors open their postseason march toward a third straight NBA Finals appearance, and Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser is taking his post for what he calls "the easiest job in the world.
As a rule, losing a superstar player to injury in the NBA means a team’s title chances are history. That means every NBA title run is, in a real way, a matter of luck.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook is shooting alone. On a basket in the far corner of the Thunder’s gleaming, white-lit practice facility, he’s firing shots and keeping up a playful running banter with an assistant coach. It’s hard not to chuckle at the scene.
NBA ShootaroundSteph Curry and Kevin Durant are so good they’re negating a blinding LeBron performance, keeping Golden State on track for an undefeated postseason and making us forget the Lineup of DeathRIP, Lineup of DeathChris Ryan: At some point in the fourth quarter of Game 2, Jeff Van Gundy
CLEVELAND — After Golden State snatched what would’ve been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed a prophetic word he’d shared with teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the season.
The first quarter of Game 1 the 2017 NBA Finals delivered on the hype.
The gravity of Kevin Durant's decision to join the Golden State Warriors hit me on Tuesday when a friend texted me, saying: "Holy s--t! What an NBA weekend. KD is crazy. Will they lose a game?" I wrote back: "It's a bad look for the league once again.
LAUREL, Md. — It was a soaking and memorable rain that night, and the blood that spilled from the bullet holes of a 35-year-old named Charles Craig, a big man left crumpled on the wet pavement, washed down a grate in the low spot of the strip-mall parking lot.
Good morning. Kevin Durant may be one of basketball’s biggest names, but he’s also just a new guy in town.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Following the Golden State Warriors' win Saturday night over the Thunder, Kevin Durant and several teammates had dinner at the Oklahoma City steakhouse that had previously turned down Durant's request to rent it out.
OK, I’m ready to hire Andre Iguodala as my new agent.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The most fascinating aspect of the NBA Finals so far is not that Kevin Durant is getting his turn at massive individual glory as the series' leading scorer each of the first two games.
SEAT PLEASANT, Md. -- Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the NBA champion Golden State Warriors are invited. Durant spoke to ESPN on Thursday as his hometown of Seat Pleasant celebrated Kevin Durant Day for all of his achievements on and off the court.
YouTube announced today that it’s enlisted the help of basketball star Kevin Durant in a bid to expand original sports content.
Throughout the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant proved not only that he belonged on the game’s biggest stage, but that he could turn the best players in the world into spectators to his brilliance(Getty Images/Ringer illustration)The Warriors were up 11 with about a minute left in Game 5.
DRAYMOND GREEN WASN'T exactly dressed for battle as he watched Kevin Durant warm up before the Warriors game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 2. His black jeans were ripped just above the knees.
As we embark on a championship series in which LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be the biggest names and their legacies will be the hottest topics, it’s worth remembering July, 2010. No one could forget what LeBron did in those tumultuous days.
The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors were without a doubt one of the greatest NBA teams of all time. The Warriors won a regular-season-record 73 games, and had their season ended five (in-game) minutes earlier, would be back-to-back champions.