INDIANAPOLIS — As Kevin Durant continues working his method up the all-time scoring checklist, he does so with a better appreciation for what LeBron James is undertaking as he approaches the NBA’s scoring document.
“To be the No. 1 in something, there’s 8 billion folks on the earth, we simply figured that out final week, so to be the No. 1 of all time at scoring the basketball, I am certain it will be a variety of feelings for him,” Durant mentioned at Friday’s shootaround, upfront of a sport towards the Indiana Pacers. “However to be in an period the place we see this stay is fairly cool as nicely. You in all probability cannot even describe the feelings and emotions him and his household and his mates are going to undergo, nevertheless it’s cool to see it up shut.”
Durant, who enters Friday’s sport with 26,074 factors, handed Kevin Garnett for 18th place on the all-time checklist in Wednesday’s win over the Toronto Raptors. James, in the meantime, has 37,311 profession factors, second solely to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387.
Durant says he has by no means centered on turning into the all-time scoring king, at the same time as he climbs to a better place in basketball historical past every evening.
“I by no means actually considered it,” Durant mentioned. “I heard the talks, particularly early on in my profession after I was doing stuff the LeBrons, the Michael Jordans have performed within the league so far as scoring, however I understand how robust it’s to constantly do that yr in and yr out, day in and day trip. Numerous stuff is out of your management. However I simply attempt to are available in and be one of the best model of myself I will be, and no matter occurs, occurs.”
The identical goes for every participant Durant passes on the checklist. He mentioned he by no means had a selected identify he wished to get previous, preferring to deal with enhancing his personal sport.
“I by no means considered it that method,” Durant mentioned. “It is all the time about simply preserve including, preserve increase good days every single day. Being constant in who I’m as a participant, and seeing what occurs on the finish of the street. So I am simply grateful to rise up and do one thing like this every single day. Simply preserve including to my talent and preserve constructing my database for the sport, I assume.
“That is what I look ahead to every single day. Whoever I go and no matter data I break for myself, it’s what it’s. However I am simply attempting to rise up and be accessible, be one of the best I can every single day.”
Durant and James have not performed towards one another since a Christmas Day sport in 2018 due to quite a lot of accidents for each gamers, however Durant needed to smile when requested about that truth after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 13.
“I wasn’t interested by it till y’all began bringing it up,” Durant mentioned. “He is clearly top-two participant to ever play, top-three participant to ever play the sport, so it is all the time going to be pleasure when he steps on the ground. And we have been round for therefore lengthy that folks have seen so many battles between us two on the highest stage that folks look ahead to it. It is cool that we’re nonetheless related at an outdated age, folks wish to come watch us play.”