This interview is a few days old now, but I wanted to highlight Young's comment on how Durant's words should be interpreted. This statement that Durant made is entirely consistent with everything he's ever said about his team. He's not making a bold assessment of himself necessarily, but pushing back against all the naysayers who claim his team is not ready to take the next step.
Durant has had a memorable summer, helping lead Team USA to gold. However, as he reveals here, he is eager to get back to work with his teammates and continue the mountain climb to chase the NBA title.
Levy takes a look at Carmelo Anthony and how he hopes his Olympic success will carry over to the regular season. I've always been a 'Melo guy, but the one thing that stood out to me during the Olympics that differentiates him from Durant is that KD's big scoring runs almost always came when the game was on the line. 'Melo's tended to come when Team USA was blowing the other team out.
Durant speaks openly about how he has tried to live out his faith in the NBA. He gives special credit to former Thunder player Kevin Ollie, whose footprint seems to be far greater than what he did on the court.
Ziller is counting down the top free agents coming up this season, and the Thunder's own Daequan Cook makes the list at #47. As we noted in Cook's season-end grading, this is a make-or-break year for him in OKC. He's got to prove he's worth keeping for another contract, because there are a number of young guns (Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones III) who are looking to steal his playing time.