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Nets star Kevin Durant reveals silver lining of extended rehab while out of NBA bubble

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Brooklyn Nets superstar small forward Kevin Durant says one of the benefits of his rehab is it allows him to play a lot of one-on-one.

During an appearance on the Play for Keeps podcast, Durant said he has been able to work on the “creativity” of his game lately. The Nets star has been playing with Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin and Allonzo Trier.

Via NetsDaily:

“I’m playing a lot of one-on-one lately, so what comes with that is your handle is a little better. You’re more quicker with your moves. You’re less indecisive with what you want to bring out. So I’m just crafting that, that playground style of ball even more, just working out by myself or with two or three guys,” the Nets star said about his rehab.

“That’s the cool part about it because it’s hard to get that type of play in a regular season because you’re going through the team aspect, you’re training with the team and you want to preserve your body for the season. So if I’m playing 1-on-1 or 2-on-2s, it’s just going to help my creativity. That’s the timing thing that every injured player goes through. Just finding that rhythm again. Hopefully I gain it over time and once I get into real games it translates real fast.”

“I was at a level where I was focused in on every possession, so I want to get back to that point.”

The Nets are expected to compete for a championship next season with Durant and Irving leading the way. KD says one of the main reasons he joined Brooklyn is because he genuinely wanted to play with Irving at this stage of his career.

A two-time Finals MVP and one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, Durant has career averages of 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. Nets fans are excited to see KD and Irving share the court together and try to bring a championship to the city.

What’s unclear, though, is who will be the head coach of the Nets in 2020-21. Jacque Vaughn has done a solid job since taking over Kenny Atkinson, but Nets general manager Sean Marks is expected to conduct a coaching search once the offseason begins.