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Old 04-26-2012, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kevin Durant: 'I Wanted To Quit'

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The NBA would go on without Kevin Durant, but it certainly wouldn't be the same.

LeBron James would have a larger lead in the latest MVP race, the Lakers would be their relevant and theatrical selves and commissioner David Stern would still be hoping that all these compelling storylines -- from young Derrick Rose and his Bulls to the ageless Big Three and their Spurs to the Chris Paul-led Clippers -- were enough to take the stain off this lockout-shortened season. But something special would be missing without the game's most prolific scorer, the willowy wonder from Oklahoma City who has all the makings of an all-time great and is threatening to become the first player since Michael Jordan to lead the league in scoring three straight times (1995 to 1998).

There were times during Durant's early years in Seat Pleasant, Md., when this was a possibility, when the gangly kid who wasn't sure he was good enough nearly gave up his future profession because, well, it was already feeling like the job he didn't want. It was a dark chapter in his otherwise blissful basketball life, a stretch of approximately two years when he occasionally questioned if all the work was worth it and considered quitting more than once.

The first time, according to Durant, took place in seventh grade while he was at Drew-Freeman Middle School. His mother was pushing him into the Seat Pleasant Recreation Center, the local gym some 10 miles east of Washington, D.C., where sometimes studied and slept in between training sessions. His coach, a man named Taras "Stink" Brown, who Durant considered his godfather, punished him with grueling workouts that hardly ever involved the use of a ball. All the extra pain came with a price, and Durant decided it wasn't paying off.

"I told my godfather, who worked me out every day, I said, 'I don't feel like playing basketball no more,'" Durant recently told SI.com. "It took me a while to tell him, but I had come to the gym and I'd been at home thinking about it, and I thought, 'I can't go through this no more.' It was tough. God was testing me, and I was on my way to failing.

"As a kid, you want to play and have fun and go through things as a regular kid. But I wasn't. I was always in the gym, always training. I was running hills, doing 100 laps a day. Basketball was the fun part. I barely touched the ball, but had the push-ups and the sit-ups -- all of it. I was like, 'Why do I have to go through this boot camp when I see the other guys not working as hard as me and they're out there playing well on the AAU circuit?' They've got high schools looking at them, private schools, and it wasn't like that for me."

Brown, who worked in concert with Durant's mother during those developmental days, wasn't impressed with the decision.

"He said, 'If you can't play basketball, then you ought to be a ballet dancer,'" Durant said. "I was like, 'Nah, man, I can't do that. I'm just going to quit.'

"He said, 'Don't talk to me, don't come back, unless you want to be a basketball player.' After a few days, I changed my mind. My mom was on top of me, too, and I got through it."
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I wouldn't think this is abnormal. Most great athlete have probably wanted to quit at some point in their lives.
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I wouldn't think this is abnormal. Most great athlete have probably wanted to quit at some point in their lives.
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Beautiful article! Thank you!!
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Wow, good read.
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nice share.. i saw some video clips about that. nice story
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