For months now, Kevin Durant has downplayed all talk of him winning his first NBA MVP Award. Durant sang a different tune on Friday, when he stated that winning the award would indeed “mean a lot” to him. Everyone should have already figured that he was downplaying the situation because he would rather focus on winning. Now that we have a break in action, Durant felt that it was the right time to let everyone know just how important being the league’s MVP would be. Here are some of his comments from the interview on ESPN Radio:
“It would mean a lot,” Durant said. “I mean, you can’t never — MVP in this league — you can’t ever downgrade that. Whoever you are, no matter how many you’ve won, you can’t downgrade MVP.
“Of course, the ultimate prize is to win the championship. [But] as far as regular-season accolades, I think it’s right up there at the top. It would be cool, but it’s out of my control. The only thing I can control is how I play and everything else out there, that’ll fall in line.”
After dominating in the month of January, Durant has become the clear-cut choice for MVP thus far. LeBron James is the runner-up, so it is still KD’s award to lose. Durant’s play has steadily improved since the start of the season, and his most recent 40-point game was Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers. His performance overshadowed LeBron’s performance just the night before where he scored 36 points and hit a game-winning three-pointer to seal the deal over the Golden State Warriors.
The race for the MVP could tighten up as the season progresses, but expect Durant to do everything in his power to ensure that such a thing does not happen. KD himself is tired of the comparisons between himself and LeBron, as he stated in the same interview on Friday. The best way to silence the talk for now is for Durant to win the MVP and an NBA Championship. We will have to wait to see how it all plays out, but KD is in good shape as we prepare for All-Star Saturday night.