Thursday morning, after our exclusive one-on-one interview, Kevin Durant(notes) participated in a group interview at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He talked about a variety of topics. Here are the highlights.
On adjusting to the international game:
I think I've been adjusting well. I've been playing a different position, playing the four. I'm just roaming around defensively, trying to get rebounds and push it up the floor. Trying to make myself open for shots. And just trying to play the game. I have such great teammates, so it makes it a lot easier for me. Sometimes I get lost playing with guys like Derrick Rose(notes) or Russel Westbrook or Andre Iguodala(notes), they can get [a turnover on D] and it makes it easy for me to get a basket on the other end. I'm very honored to be a part of this team.
On Team USA:
I think the best thing about it is that nobody has an ego here. Nobody thinks they should be taking more shots and that makes everything easy. Guys out here just want to win.
Those guys work so hard. I see how hard they work and how they progress as players. This summer their key goal - everybody's key goal - is to make the USA team and support and be a part of it. We've all been working hard together and we're honored to be here.
On representing the Thunder while playing with Team USA:
The main thing we're trying to do is let people know who we play for. I walk down the street and I'm tall, somebody asks me who I play for and I say, "Oklahoma City."
They say, "College?" So I say, "No, we're the Thunder. Used to be the Sonics." I've got to tell them we used to be the Sonics, but I'm looking forward to - after this - hopefully becoming a stronger team.
On signing an extension with the Thunder:
I just wanted it done. I love my teammates and I love the organization. That's something that's rare in professional sports for a team to be that close and an organization to be that close. If I would have waited until next year, I think they would have matched the offer as well. So I wanted to get it done and it feels good to know that I can financially take care of my family for a long time. That made me cry. That made me excited. It was a great day for me.
On being the last cut for the 2008 Olympics:
You know, they needed 12 players and I was the thirteenth. It kinda hurt to see those guys play, knowing I could have been over there. Maybe I could have been a different player. Maybe I could have played harder, could have made better shots. But everything happens for a reason. I waited my turn. It's been like that for a while and I'm just happy to get the opportunity now.
Wale's like my big brother. Once I got in to the league, we kind of linked up since we're from the same area. We linked up and we've been supporting each other ever since. I was at the studio just chillin' with those guys and he asked me to get on there so I was like, "alright" (shrugs shoulders). I was a little tired that night when he asked me to get on there. But it was cool to hear myself.