I watch Kevin Durant warm up almost every single home game. I know his routine, I know his process. Even when the shots don’t count, it’s basketball poetry, with his effortless flicked shots, rotating perfectly to their destination.
But as he crossed the threshold from the concrete onto the hardwood tonight with about 90 minutes before tipoff, he paused in the deep left corner, closed his eyes and leaned over. He stood there, for a solid minute. I’ve never seen him do that before.
On his shoes, he had written “it’s just bball.” I’ve never seen that before.
Then he popped his head up, looked over at assistant Brian Keefe who fired him a pass. Durant’s first shot? An airball. Durant laughed, and looked over at Keefe who was doing the same, shaking his head. It was a meaningless warmup shot, and Durant went on to make more than he missed in his 15-minute session. But I couldn’t help but feel like what I watched told me the story of this series. Keep Reading…