Kevin Durant has a killer basketball profile. Nabbing the titles for NBA Most Valuable Player Award, NBA Rookie of the Year Award and Olympic gold medals to name a few, who wouldn’t put himself in an envious situation? Thanks to his stunning NBA profile that greatly contributed to the sports industry but how deep do we know the silent and kindest superstar of NBA? Give in to your curiosity with 10 interesting facts about the 28-year-old icon.
1. Durant Turned Down Bigger Offers Of Adidas & Under Armour In Favor Of A $60M Contract With Nike
Despite Nike’s underwhelming offer, Durant still embraced the agreement with his favorite brand since 8th grade. Adidas was reported to have courted Durant with a $70 million offer while Under Armour countered Nike’s proposal with an overwhelming $265-$285. The two grand deals did not wow Durant. His loyalty to Nike keeps him and that’s a noble act, right?
2. He Broke Out His Silence On Leaving Thunders To His Mom
Durant’s close relationship with his mother is beyond love. Wanda Durant opened up with Rolling Stone about the controversial departure of her son from his Oklahoma City Thunder, his team of 8 long years.
“He refused to speak a word against that team – he loved those guys and that city. But this summer he said, ‘Mama, I can't do it anymore. They're not in this thing with me, we're not together like we were – I feel like I need something different.' "
3. He Wears No. 35 As A Tribute To His Childhood Coach
Per Complex, Charles Craig acted both as mentor and a trainer to Durant whom the basketball star met at an early age of 8 at the Seat Pleasant Recreational Center in the Maryland suburbs. Their relationship is strong that Craig treated the young Durant as his own son. Unfortunately, Craig was devastatingly murdered at the age of 35 after an altercation led to gunshots. The digits serve as a constant reminder of the very person who sharpened him into the successful person that he is today.
4. KD Would Have Been A Meteorologist If He Didn’t Make It To NBA
When asked by SB Nation about his possible career if he was not into playing basketball, he quickly responded the Meteorologist job.
What a thrilling dream that is, to study the changes in atmosphere and weather conditions
5. Xbox Is His Favorite Past Time
On his free time, he is seen indulging himself in playing Xbox. Yes, boys will be boys. After all, he deserves to unleash the inner child in him to destress.
6. His Backpack Contains Things He Cannot Live Without
His Instagram photo reveals his basic necessities in his busy career: an iPad, a bible, headphones, and a phone charger. Now, we have a religious man here who lives his life with dignity, respect and kindness. You’re the man,Kevin!
7. He Sees Himself As A Music Producer After Resigning From NBA
Maybe he will root for Kim Kardashian’s husband. When asked between Kanye West or Lil Wayne, Durant preferred Weezy.
Seriously, he wanted to be in the music industry according to a report.
8. Aaliyah Was His Biggest Crush
Aside from his admiration to Tupac and Lisa Lopes’ music, he admits to passionately like Aaliyah’s genre too. Here’s the exciting part about the lovely singer who died at 22:
"Their music takes me to my happy place." And Aaliyah, who died too young, at 22, to be widely reverenced now? "Man, that was my first big crush as a kid. Aaliyah was my world in seventh grade!," Durant revealed.
9. His Restaurant Has His Signature Initials
Our NBA superstar is one great businessman too! His restaurant has his initials and full name embedded.
10. Strawberry Is His Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
How sweet it is for a tough man like KD to choose Strawberry ice cream as his favorite dessert.