Kevin Durant on Rebuilding and Whether He’d Play in D.C.
On the Wizards’ struggles to rebuild, particularly without a second star to help John Wall:
[Wall] does (have help). He does have some guys here, you know. He has JaVale, he has Andray Blatche, Jordan Crawford. They have a nice young core here, man. It’s all about being patient and knowing that if you’re working hard every single day that things are going to change soon. Like I said, they have a great group of guys here and they look like they enjoy playing with each other. It’s just a matter of time before everything starts to click. Same scenario with us, man. I didn’t know know what was going to happen. After the first year, losing 62 games, then the second year, losing 59. Coming back, your confidence is shot a little, not knowing what’s going to happen. But, if you stay positive and stay confident, things are going to change.
On whether Washington, D.C. is a destination for big-name free agents:
I think so. I was just talking to one of my guys this morning; I said, ‘Big time guys should come here.’ It’s the nation’s capital, it’s a nice market, fans are very loyal. So I don’t see why guys wouldn’t come here. They always do a great job of promoting young players into good players. They’re starting here, with the Wizards, with this young group. I don’t see why not. But for myself, I’m glad I’m in Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant also said that this Wizards team, now 1-12, is “better than their record shows.” Debatable.
And, on a somewhat related note, the Wizards vs. Rockets game was playing on the big screen in the Thunder locker room about an hour before tonight’s tip. JaVale McGee’s “JaVanity” dunk in the 3rd quarter got laughs and remarks from a number of Thunder players.