Kevin Durant differs sharply with other basketball stars about lying about one’s own height. The NBA stars often add a couple of inches to their real heights to gain a psychological advantage in the league circuit, but Durant has no regrets for not doing so.
Instead, the All-star featuring for the Oklahoma City Thunder has different heights for different occasions.
“For me, when I’m talking to women, I’m 7 feet,” he told Wall Street Journal in an interview. “In basketball circles, I’m 6-9.”
Durant is listed 6-9, but he revealed that he is actually 6-11.
“But really, I’ve always thought it was cool to say I’m a 6-9 small forward,” he said. “Really, that’s the prototypical size for a small forward. Anything taller than that, and they’ll start saying, ‘Ah, he’s a power forward.'”
The Oklahoma City Thunder All-star’s combination of size-speed-ball handling and range makes the four-time scoring champion unguardable, no matter what are the numbers featuring in the official height list.
Another player, Kevin Garnett listed himself as 6-11 when he is actually 7-0. Bill Walton also did the same in the past. And Durant also belongs to such school of thoughts.
Durant and Westbrook jointly scored 57 of the OKC’s 98 points in game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs. OKC riding on Durant and Westbrook’s stellar show leveled the series 1-1. The dynamic duo also registered 14 of the team’s 16 assists on Monday. The series now moves to Oklahoma for game 3.
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