Kevin Durant is a man obsessed with winning, and he’s starting to learn that’s not always a good thing.
Durant sat down with Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman recently and opened up about the stress and frustration that last seasons championship caused him.
“Last year, I was obsessed with it,” Durant said of winning a title. “Like, I wasn’t going to sleep because I wanted to win so bad. I was screaming at my teammates, at the refs, at the coaches. I got mad because I thought ‘if we have a bad game here, we’re not going to win a championship.’”
Durant blamed that obsession for career high 12 technical fouls last season.
“So I’m not going to let that overtake my mind,” Durant said of his championship chase. “I mean, of course I want to win it, but I’m not obsessed with it. I’m going to put in the work to help my team, but I’m not going to be obsessed with it because that’s when I compromise myself, and most of the time it doesn’t work out.”
The chase is real, and no matter what he or others might say, he here’s the whispers in year number 7. Durant is chasing LeBron James while trying to hold off the Clippers, Warriors, Spurs and Rockets out West.