Earlier in his career, Durant says, he mostly just wanted to do what he saw other superstars do. “‘Gatorade, I need that. McDonald’s,’ ” he says. “I need a trading card, Upper Deck, because I’ve seen other great players do that.” “You also thought your off-days had to be completely filled,” Kleiman says from across the table. Over the six years they’ve been working together, Kleiman’s job has been to help Durant be purposeful and intentional about his projects and to take advantage of the creative freedom Durant’s considerable platform has afforded him.
April 25, 2019 | 5:37 am EDT Update
Anthony Puccio: D’Angelo Russell was asked if there’s any link to Phoenix due to @DevinBook : “I’m linked to them because of him? S— I didn’t know that. That’s my brother right there. So even if there’s no link to it or w/e we’re still going to be best friends… It’s bigger than basketball.”
“Nobody’s offered me a starting job, so I perfected the one I have.” Lou Will talks about taking on the 6th man role.
But the LA Clippers, who beat the Warriors 129-121 in Game 5 on Wednesday to extend their first-round series, took exception to being overlooked. “For us, our focus was to come in, extend the series and get another win on the home floor,” Clippers star reserve Lou Williams said after the win at Oracle Arena, which pushed the series to Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles. “It’s their mistake for looking ahead. So that’s on them.”
Three days later, Thompson, slumped in the Oracle locker room, admitted that, yeah, that was maybe the improper mental approach with a series not yet extinguished. “Yup,” Thompson said, when asked if the team was looking too far ahead. “Started with me. I was. I thought we’d come out and win tonight. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned.”