Kevin Durant, the best player in basketball, has announced his retirement from the NBA.
“The moment I made my decision to retire, I had to come to grips with the fact that I had become a man that didn’t belong in the NBA,” Durant told USA Today.
“That was the hardest thing to swallow, because I thought I was going to be an iconic figure in the league.”
He has played for seven teams in the four seasons since joining the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Durant has been named MVP of the NBA Finals seven times, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in three of those seasons, and a five-time All-Star.
He is also the league’s all-time leader in three-pointers made and free throws made.
“I know that people think I’m just another great player,” Durant said.
“It’s also about me being able to go out and be myself and try to get better and help the team. “
I’ve been working on my game and trying to work on my craft every day. “
It’s also about me being able to go out and be myself and try to get better and help the team.
I love my job, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve had in the past five years.” “
For me, the last two years have been one of my most productive.
I love my job, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve had in the past five years.”
Durant played in the 2016 NBA Finals after missing all but three games due to a hamstring injury.
He had surgery on May 19 to repair the damage and return to the court.
He was voted to his first All-NBA First Team as a rookie and was named MVP in three consecutive seasons.
The 31-year-old Oklahoma City native was named a finalist for a second straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017 and is one of just three players to win three consecutive NBA Defensive Rookie of the Week awards.
“My family and I love this game, and it’s something that has been a huge part of my life, but there’s just something about this game that I’m really proud of, and that’s just the way I am,” Durant added.
“When you’ve spent the last 10 years playing in this league and competing, and winning championships, it’s a little bit special.”
Durant is expected to return to playing basketball in the near future, and he will not be available for selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, and Durant are scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss the upcoming draft.
Durant joined the Thunder on Jan. 25 after spending nearly five seasons with the Warriors, a team that he helped lead to two NBA championships.
Durant averaged 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Thunder during that span.