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Fear The Slim Reaper | The Story Behind Kevin Durant

Jun 03, 2021
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, you all know who I am. Kevin Durant has earned the nickname Slim Reaper. Because his unprecedented combination of size ability and shooting prowess made him the literal definition of a walking bucket, the man was born to put the ball in the basket, but how did we get to a point where all fans of basketball on the planet do you know who he is? is the

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behind kevin durant durant was born and raised in the washington dc area one of four children of wanda durant and wayne pratt who was in and out of family life during kevin's childhood wanda raised kevin and his older brother tony primarily as a single mother Working night shifts at the post office, there were many nights when I didn't know how we were going to make it, even at a young age;
fear the slim reaper the story behind kevin durant
However, the lanky younger brother of the family could already imagine how he would eventually propel himself to fame. and Fortune Kevin came to me around 10 11 that he wanted to be a professional basketball player and I said, okay, I said, but I'm going to pressure you and sometimes you're going to get mad at me and I'm going to pressure you because this is what you said you wanted and I was going to the gym after practice and the coach said he wanted me to do 25 or something like that and I was like, "I don't know if you need 100." Oh, but I did.
fear the slim reaper the story behind kevin durant

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I don't care because this is what you said you wanted, so if you want it you have to do more than anyone else between Kevin's size and his natural talents and Wanda's maternal motivation. Durant blossomed as a young player who became an AAU star in the Maryland area while playing with future NBA players such as Michael Beasley, Ty Lawson and Graves Vasquez. Durant spent his first three years of high school at the National Christian Academy and at legendary Oak Hill before transferring to Montrose Christian School for his senior year, where the budding prodigy took home the Washington Post overall prize.
fear the slim reaper the story behind kevin durant
He met the basketball player of the year award and won the most valuable player award at the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game. After such a high school career, it's no surprise that Durant considered traditional NCAA powers like UNC Duke. yukon kentucky and louisville, but in kd's own words, or rather his tweets, he wanted to blaze his own trail it was at the university of texas where the basketball world would truly come to understand just how special durant's talent was. It was also in Texas where Durant became synonymous with the number 35 which he began wearing as a tribute to AAU coach and father figure Charles Craig who was murdered at age 35.
fear the slim reaper the story behind kevin durant
I wanted to do something for him but I didn't know what my grandfather was saying. The best you could do is for us to be 35. That's the age he was when he arrived. killed when durant arrived in texas no freshman had won any of the various national player of the year awards when durant's loan season as a longhorn ended his name was on the naismith award the wood award the associated press award and the awards voted on According to the writers' association and the coaches' association, basically every national player of the year award you can think of was an easy pick given that the rookie forward averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 blocks to lead Texas to a record of 25 and 10 and the second round of the ncaa tournament durant goes against Rush again he manages to get him to jump, hits the jump shot and has the opportunity of a three-point play and was an even easier pick to give up more collegiate ball than Durant who entered the 2007 NBA Draft as the consensus No. 2 prospect behind Ohio State big man Greg Oden with the second pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Seattle Supersonics selection Kevin Durant out of the University of Texas, Durant has developed into a complete basketball player whose uncanny length also makes him an underrated defensive Terror, but his otherworldly skills boil down to some very simple facts that were evident even back then upon entering the NBA, he is a player who is bordering on seven feet, forget his listed height of 610, who can put the ball on the floor and shoot above any defender who has ever walked the earth and before we continue, let's put this aside now yes, in retrospect it is easy, given how fragile Odin turned out to be and given what we now know about the evolution of the game, to say that the Blazers were crazy. for passing durant, but go back to 2007 and find even a couple of experts who had him as number one in their big forums, you can't and wait until you have a load of the freak of nature called greg oden greg oden is faster that Durant in the three-quarter court sprint is faster than Durant in the lane agility drill and has better numbers in the running and standing vertical jumps in the standing vertical jump a seven-foot center got a better vertical that kevin durant good draft on greg oden's take on portland there is no other argument any talk show host who says durant should be number one to do his homework or is he just trying to incite calls and be controversial greg oden is the number one pick, he's all over the place katie's one year in seattle lived up to expectations durant He earned rookie of the year honors by averaging over 20 points per game and while he was far from the efficient scoring machine he would become, he joined Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony as the only teenager at the time who had averaged more than 20 in a season. needed, they got seven field goals for durant a much better half here he has 18 points it was during durant's second season as a professional the first of the franchise in oklahoma city that he and the thunder began to attract attention in the nba despite that the Thunder started 3 and 29 during the 2008-09 campaign and finished 23 and 59.
The chemistry and budding potential between Durant and a rookie named Russell Westbrook was starting to show. Thank you so much. Duran also averaged 25 points per game as a 20-year-old sophomore in there. KD and the Thunder went off to the races. Durant and Westbrook were joined by rookies James Harden and Serge Ibaka the following year and the upstart Thunder won 50 games. Before pushing the eventual NBA champion Lakers to six games in the playoffs, Durant also won his first of four scoring titles that season with an average of 30.1 points while suiting up for all 82 games in the NBA. 2010-11 season, Durant's fourth year as a pro, the Thunder were Western Conference finalists and memorably rebounded from an 0-2 hole in the 2012 Western Conference finals against San Antonio to set up a clash in the Finals. the nba with the heat flash of the era of the big three, a head-on collision has been triggered here comes duran so the basket is launched and he shoots it durant was fantastic in those finals averaging more than 30 points per game, but his support cash simply wasn't up to the task against a Lebron-led Heat team in a quest that many believe the 2012 loss would simply be the first of many trips to the Finals for this once-in-a-generation collection of young talent, but they had a remarkable career. you see the emotion of durant pouring this team will be a force to be reckoned with great sportsmanship after so much respect between the two teams certainly durant and lebron james but ultimately it turned out to be their peak hardin was traded to houston later that year in what which is now considered one of the cheapest and short-sighted roster decisions in hi

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James hardened and apparently nothing went right after the loss in the final and that hardened. Westbrook's knee injury derailed the Thunder's 60-win streak in 2013. Durant's first major injury, a fractured foot, prevented the team from being a major factor in 2014-15, as all NBA fans now know well, okc. blew a 3-1 lead to 73-beat the Warriors in the 2016 Western Finals setting in motion Durant's eventual arrival in the Bay Area once the Warriors themselves blew a 3-1 lead against the Cavs of Lebron in the NBA Finals that year. I think we both blocked that whole year out of our memory for sure.
We're fine, the Warriors' recruitment of Durant included Draymond Green calling KD from the Oracle parking lot after the Finals loss to Cleveland and a now-infamous meeting in the Hamptons that included the Warriors' biggest stars before to move on to Durant's triumphs as a warrior. Flash back to her final years as a member of the Thunder when Katie's personal accolades continued to pile up, but whispers of a split between Durant and Westbrook grew louder, as did Katie's apparent discontent with the media. We'll get to that Durant in 2013. Season 14 was one for the ages, knocked down by Johnson Durant, he's going to get the upper hand and he throws it.
He averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists while joining the ultra-exclusive 50 40 90 club and was named league MVP. I've been Second All my life, Durant told Sports Illustrator in the spring of 2013. I was the second best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I've been second in MVP voting three times. I came second in the finals. Tired of being second, I'm not going to settle for that. I'm done. A year later, in the spring of 2014, Durant stood on a podium after finally convincing voters that he was the best in basketball that season, sparking a one of the most touching and memorable moments in the history of mvp speech we weren't supposed to be here you made us believe you kept us off the street you put clothes on our backs food on the table when you didn't eat you made sure we ate we left to sleep hungry You sacrificed yourself for us.
The real MVP Durant was seen as a media darling who could do no wrong at the time. So what changed in his perception of the media shortly after was that the man from Oklahoma who published this headline was because he felt we were minimizing him. iconic mvp speech or was it a personal matter according to a 2019 wall street journal article shortly after mvp's actual speech, durant and his mother went through a months-long breakup after kevin took control of his own financial affairs out of his hands From Wanda, were they bitter grapes? He still being seen as second best even after winning MVP.
Frustration over the fact that he was either sidelined due to injury shortly after winning that MVP award or was simply buying into his own Nike marketing campaign that literally proclaimed that KD isn't nice, he can't be Kevin. he's the nicest guy in the NBA, whatever the reason Durant went from being a media darling to telling the media that, quote, I don't know in the span of less than a year and he's only Worsened since then, Durant has engaged in hostile back-and-forth. with the media for the last five years or so, which spilled over into 2019. Who are you?
Why do I have to talk to you? Tell me, will that help me do my job better? I'm done, maybe part of the problem is that While most athletes don't care what we think of them or at least pretend they don't, Durant really seems to care too much. Remember this is the guy who mixed up his personal Twitter account, the one with over 18 million followers, with one of his burners while I try to act like a random fan defending Kevin Durant's honor I'm still going to do the thing the burners i'm still with him he's still on it clown kd for the burners if you want even though your favorite player probably has a handful of his own but think about what he was defending himself from a free agency decision that made him forced to accept being called a snake, critics criticize athletes all the time for prioritizing wealth and fame over winning DurĂ¡n, who said all the time that his decision was going to Go down to basketball required less money and shared stardom with people like Steph Curry and company to put themselves in the best possible scenario to win championships and they won there.
It's redemption for Golden State. One of the great playoff runs of all time. complete, warriors may have been great before kd came along, but durant was the difference between a great team and an inevitable team, there is a reason he was two for two in the mvps finals as a warrior, it was his presence and his game three daggers that sealed the 2017. and 2018 finals over the cavs for lebron and it was his absence that sank the warriors in 2019 against the raptors after durant suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his surprising return to the lineup after a concerning calf injury late, and even beat James in the return to The back-back finals may not have changed anyone's opinion that Durant is still second best.He left Golden State for Brooklyn last summer with little to show for joining the Nets after spending much of his career as the best player on a perennial contender and then the best player on a team of all time. , won one mvp, two championships and two mvps finals, was part of ten all-star teams, nine NBA teams and won gold medals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, as well as the 2010 world championship, scored almost 23,000 career points in the NBA is one of eight players in the 50 40 90 club and ranks sixth all-time in scoring per game when Durant finally takes the court for the Nets next season with a new number He will be a 32-year-old player who has been sidelined for a year and a half, but when we look back at the history behind Durant's rise to all-time legend status, we are reminded that we either love him or hate him, No moment has been too big for him, thank you.
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