Fresh off their return to the United States after their gold-medal win with Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and James Harden made a stop in New York City to appear on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" to discuss their experience in London and how it'll impact the coming NBA season.
The young Thunderers were good sports, despite being clearly jet-lagged from the trans-Atlantic trip (and, presumably, exhausted from all that post-gold Instagrammed celebrating). Durant let the host hold his gold, which I swear is not slang, for all of 10 seconds ("That's probably the first time I put it down," he said) and the duo discussed what it was like to be embroiled in such a close contest with Spain late in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Harden, for his part, said he didn't sweat it.
"To be honest, you've got 12 of the best players in the world, so you know, you see on the court Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, 'Melo — at the end of the game you don't have worry," Harden said. "You're not worried at all. That's how I felt."
Durant, however, begged to differ.
"Me, on the other hand, I was a little nervous," said the man who played 38 of the game's 40 minutes, scored a game-high 30 points (a U.S. record for gold-medal-game scoring) and grabbed nine rebounds.
If Harden didn't feel nervous in the slightest, his free-throw stroke told a slightly different tale — remember, he split his four final-minute free throws, making it just a bit warmer under coach Mike Krzyzewski's collar as the clock ticked down. (Then again, that could be attributed to the little-used guard having just pulled off his warmups for his first action of the gold-medal game.)
Still, Team USA prevailed over Spain, which gave U.S. teammate Kobe Bryant bragging rights over fellow Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol.
"Kobe's like ... he's, like, a beast," Durant said. "Like, he don't care about anybody else. So he really hated Pau, actually."
"And we felt the same about [Thunder teammate] Serge Ibaka," Harden added.
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