Kevin Durant opens up on trade request

We wasn’t playing no games. I didn’t interfere with what we were doing on the court every day. It wasn’t a question of what you were asking my teammates every day after a game or a practice. What I did didn’t get in the way of the games that was being played, so I felt like that’s the difference in everything. So we hashed that all up right before camp, and it was cool, it didn’t get in the way of the hoops. So that’s the difference between what happened with those guys and [me].
Sources: Nick Friedell @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Quin Cook @QCook323

In a 7 game series who wins?
Steph, J Tatum, KD, Bron and AD vs.
Luka, Bogdanovic, Giannis, Jokic and Embiid.
I like team USA in 5 games! Let’s get it spicyy 🌢️🌢️🌢️! Talk to me!!! – 7:09 AM

Quin Cook @QCook323

In a 7 game series who wins?
Steph, J Tatum, KD, Bron and AD.
vs.
Luka, Bogdanovic, Giannis, Jokic and Embiid.
I like team USA in 5 games! Let’s get it spicyy 🌢️🌢️🌢️! Talk to me!!! – 7:09 AM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets star Kevin Durant in #NBA MVP conversation on way to leading East in All-Star votes nypost.com/2023/01/05/kev… Street @nypostsports – 10:49 PM
Kevin Durant @KDTrey5

That’s a tough win on the road by Purdue…
Ohio state got some young hoopers over there, that big 10 is some good bump.. – 9:23 PM

Vincent Goodwill @Vince Goodwill

Out of KD, Giannis, Tatum and Embiid, someone will be left out of the voting (and media voting) for the East frontcourt. Ohh, feelings will be hurt – 8:33 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving led the East frontcourt and guards in the early All-Star fan vote.
And Nic Claxton cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Story on the Nets trio that led Brooklyn’s resurgence: clutchpoints.com/nets-kevin-dur… – 6:09 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving led the East frontcourt and guards in the early All-Star fan vote.
And Nic Claxton cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Story on the Nets trio that led Brooklyn’s resurgence. clutchpoints.com/nets-kevin-dur… – 6:09 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc

Great read from ours @Alex Schiffer on how Kevin Durant has become a sounding board, conduit and tough love dispenser to other ballers who’ve suffered Achilles ruptures, as he did during the 2019 Finals. In @TheAthletic: bit.ly/3ierQL2 – 3:21 PM

Jim Owczarski @Jim Owczarski

In the first All-Star fan vote return, Giannis Antetokounmpo is No. 2 (2.99M votes) in the Eastern Conference frontcourt behind Kevin Durant (3.11M).
Antetokounmpo is third in overall voting as LeBron James (3.16M) leads all players.
No other #Bucks player is in the top 10. – 2:46 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sporting

LeBron James, Kevin Durant lead the NBA’s first 2022-23 All-Star fan voting returns sportando.basketball/en/lebron-jame… – 2:34 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing

Jayson Tatum on being fourth in Eastern Conference frontcourt voting: β€œI’m in a tough ass position. I’m behind KD, Giannis and Embiid. All four of us are averaging 30 and in the MVP conversation or whatever. So I know I’ve got my work cut out to beat one of those guys.” – 2:30 PM

Kurt Helin @basketball talk

LeBron James, Kevin Durant lead first round of fan NBA All-Star voting nba.nbcsports.com/2023/01/05/leb… – 2:23 PM

Lev Akabas @LevAkabas

Efficiency vs. volume for NBA scorers
β€’ Giannis is shooting or going to the line almost once per minute
β€’ Jokic, KD, Steph, Lauri, AD, Zion πŸ”₯
β€’ Westbrook, Rozier, FVV, Barnes πŸ₯Ά
What jumps out to you? pic.twitter.com/07Bpl5ky4D – 1:42 PM

Chris Miller @cmilsnbcs

LeBron and KD leading vote getters in first @NBAAllStar Fan returns. pic.twitter.com/Td8dYyEG5N – 1:22 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_

Kevin Durant leads the frontcourt and Kyrie Irving leads the guards in All-Star fan voting so far.
Nic Claxton cracked the top 10 in the frontcourt as well, one spot ahead of former Net Jarrett Allen. – 1:19 PM

Josh Robbins @Joshua BRobbins

Kyle Kuzma is in 7th place among East frontcourt players in the first fan-balloting returns for the 2023 All-Star Game, with 234,035 votes. The leaders β€” Kevin Durant, Giannis and Joel Embiid β€” are between 2.2-3.1 million. Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide starters. – 1:15 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria

LeBron And KD lead the early fan vote for the All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/CT3sk7fvDp – 1:08 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner

The NBA announced today that Lakers star LeBron James and Nets star Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting presented by AT&T. – 1:03 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

Pascal Siakam is 6th among East frontcourt players in the initial returns of all-star fan voting. He trails KD, Giannis and Embiid (who are currently on line to start), as well as Tatum and Butler. No other Raptors player is in the top 10 at their position. – 1:02 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrease_

Joel Embiid is third in EC frontcourt All-Star votes with 2.2 million, trailing Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo
James Harden is also third in guard votes with 1.1 million, trailing Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell #Sixers – 1:02 PM

Tim Reynolds @By Tim Reynolds

The first returns are in: Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the frontrunners to become All-Star captains after the first few days of All-Star voting. – 1:02 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Lakers’ LeBron James and Nets’ Kevin Durant lead the NBA’s first 2022-23 All-Star fan voting returns: pic.twitter.com/ObI4WQjnuH – 1:01 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears

LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns of #NBAAllStar.
Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each.
The next fan update is Jan.12. pic.twitter.com/gOkqR4Hos5 – 1:01 PM

Vincent Goodwill @Vince Goodwill

First returns for All-Star voting. LeBron James and Kevin Durant leading their respective conferences pic.twitter.com/iyhrxKTZ6T – 1:01 PM

Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA

LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting.
Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each.
The next fan update is Jan.12. pic.twitter.com/aq0TzV3Rbx – 1:01 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype

KEVIN DURANT
Pre-Achilles injury: 27.0 ppg on 49.3 percent shooting
Post-Achilles injury: 29.0 ppg on 53.6 percent shooting
This guy… pic.twitter.com/1lxdzyomTf – 12:19PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_

My segment on Ben Simmons from my Bulls recap pod:
Ben has been outstanding as a defender, rebounder, and facilitator as of late. But KD and Kyrie’s other-worldly performances have allowed him to fade into the background in the half-court offense.
That really showed last night. pic.twitter.com/USLHk6g7Vj – 11:31AM

StatMuse @statmuse

Only 11 players are attempting 4+ mid-range shots per game.
KD is the only one shooting over 50% from that range (59.1%).
He is shooting 11% better than the next guy pic.twitter.com/7mln9lfsOn – 11:14 AM

Darnell Mayberry @Darnell Mayberry

Bulls’ Patrick Williams puts mistake aside, holds his own against Kevin Durant
Street @TheAthletic theathletic.com/4059611/2023/0… – 9:54 AM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer

When Kevin Durant tore his Achilles in 2019 Dominique Wilkins hoped KD would replace him as the face of the modern recovery. He has. He’s also embraced it by helping college, NFL and NBA players who tore theirs after him. Today’s story: theathletic.com/4055470/2023/0… – 9:19 AM

Trey Kerby @treykerby

Bulls beat a Giannis 45 and 22, a KD 44 and don’t get me started on the Mitchell game! – 9:00 AM

More on this storyline

Why didn’t things splinter apart after all the Kyrie [Irving] stuff β€” why have you guys come back together now when things could have easily exploded? Kevin Durant: Because we were together regardless. I think coming into the training camp, we understood that it’s going to be a lot on us from a media standpoint, from just the noise in general around our team, so I think that made us tighter once camp started. I know we was able to take the Kyrie stuff and move in stride because we were already stuck together before that. We started to win some games, started to get better as a team, and do some things out there that work for us. And now it seems like everything was patched all together, but it felt like it was always cool, to be honest. -Street ESPN /January 6, 2023

Over the summer, when you decided to come back, why were you so confident that you guys still could compete for a title? I don’t even look at sβ€” that way. My whole thing was like β€” are we, does the process matter to us? And that’s one thing I did know that people here enjoy, grinding. So that was the most important thing for me. Titles and stuff come with the process in which you β€” how you prepare. It was more so, β€œAll right, are we going to practice harder? Are we going to pay more attention to detail?” Not just everybody else, all of us, me included. Is that going to be preached to us every day? I had the faith that that would happen because I voiced that throughout the summer as well. Even behind the scenes, like, β€œYo, this is what I like to do. This is how I like to practice.” I’ve been saying that for the last couple years, so I figured at that point with me going through that, they understood what I value. That’s what I was hanging my hat on, the preparation side of it. -Street ESPN /January 6, 2023

For all the advice Durant has given to others, he eschewed getting an advisor during his own recovery. He could have talked to DeMarcus Cousins, his teammate for 30 games in Golden State, or Rudy Gay, both of whom tore their Achilles before him. Instead, he decided to go it alone. β€œIt was more by choice for me,” Durant said. β€œPeople can tell me how I’ll feel and what I’ll go through but I just wanted to experience it with no perspectives but just mine.” -Street The Athletic /January 5, 2023

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