As Kevin Durant enters his fifteenth season in the NBA, he is looking to pick up where he left off in Tokyo: dominate the competition. In previous years, the 33-year-old took a different approach to the game to become one of the best in the game. Sometimes that didn’t allow the Nets star to focus on what was most important: his Mental Health. Following Thursday’s training camp practice, here’s what the two-time NBA champion had to say about it in an interview with Brian Lewis of the New York Post:
“I’m starting to understand the game a bit more, and I’ve kind of simplified it for myself… I try not to chase anything apart from being the best I can on the pitch. I know it’s simple and cliché, but I really try to approach every rep as trying to be the best they can be, and everything else outside of that will take care of itself – Sometimes you can do too much. think and think about it too much reactions and opinions of others because you are on the way to perfection. But start to relax a bit and figure out what it is and understand the long game. It definitely made my mind (health) a little more comfortable coming to the gym every day and not focus on that stuff.
Durant went on to stress that he and his teammates don’t need other people to pressure them. It’s already in their competitive nature to find that motivation to push themselves to the next level, whatever the circumstances:
“Outside pressure doesn’t really matter,” Durant said. “We all put pressure on ourselves internally because we hold ourselves to a high standard and you want to play well every time you go out. It’s just who we are as competitors.