Kevin Durant’s honest admission on first blood Team USA stint with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant
Kevin Durant is without a doubt the biggest headliner on Team USA’s roster for the Tokyo Olympics. But once upon a time, KD was the small fry playing amongst giants.
“I’m playing against the best players, but I was playing with the best players, too,” said Kevin Durant on his 2007 stint with Team USA.
“Kobe was on my team so he made life way easier for me. Being introduced to that elite level of basketball before I played a game. Being on the court with LeBron, Kobe, Melo, guys that played my position and the best in the league at the time, I felt real confident in who I was and where I was going.”
Kevin Durant admitted that while he did hold his own, he wasn’t at that level just yet at the time. The Brooklyn Nets superstar was just happy to be there.
“I didn’t believe I was one of those guys, but I believed that I could actually be on the court and not f–k up with them.”
With the opportunity to make history at #Tokyo2020, KD shares what it was like playing with Kobe and @KingJames when he first got into the league — and realizing he could hold his own with the best in the world. @KDTrey5 x @bansky: #TheETCs 🎙 pic.twitter.com/UDmMwvBFKV
— Boardroom (@boardroom) July 24, 2021
But perhaps KD was being a bit too modest about his performance. The video clip mentioned by host Eddie Gonzalez showed Kevin Durant was already a dominant talent as a teenager facing legends.
Kevin Durant has been a constant fixture on Team USA ever since. With KD leading the way in the Tokyo Olympics, the United States’ chances at defending their three-peat reign over the tournament aren’t too shabby.