Team USA is known to regularly put out some supremely talented rosters when it comes to International tournaments, especially the Olympics. In 2016, Team USA won the gold medal after defeating Serbia in the final. The roster included some modern greats, including the likes of Paul George, DeMar DeRozan, and Kevin Durant. Speaking on the “Podcast P” show, DeRozan claimed that training 1v1s often led to some incredible highlights. Especially from Durant and George.
Responding to the interview shared by ClutchPoints, Kevin Durant said that the sessions were “essential” to the greatness that he produced. The now Suns player was the star of the show for Team USA. He scored an incredible 30 points in the final. KD’s work ethic had visibly impressed DeRozan, who claimed that the 34-year-old simply did not stop during training.
All three players have had successful NBA careers but DeRozan’s interview shed light on what exactly sets Durant apart from the rest.
Kevin Durant’s incredible work ethic is revealed by DeMar DeRozan
Then only 25, Durant had only recently announced his move to the Golden State Warriors and was still looking for his first NBA title. KD had already won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and again proved his obvious star quality in 2016.
He was the top scorer for Team USA with 19.4 points, 5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 8 games at the tournament. This success was seemingly a result of the hard work he put in during training, something DeRozan testified during his podcast appearance.
KD responded by claiming that this effort was what led him to greatness. The former Warriors star claimed responded to the interview on Twitter:
“These sessions were essential to the greatness.”
DeMar DeRozan is all praise for Kevin Durant’s “greatness”
While Kevin Durant’s cannot be questioned, DeRozan himself has enjoyed a highly successful career. He is known as one of the best mid-range shooters in the modern game. The Chicago Bulls ace is a 6-time All-Star but has never won a championship.
Durant on the other hand, is a proven winner and is a 2-time champion and Finals MVP. The 24-year-old is still going strong despite the recent injury issues he has had. He will look to return next season even stronger.
DeRozan’s claims still shed light on what it sometimes takes to succeed at the highest level in the NBA. Apart from having a wealth of talent, KD is also one of the most hardworking modern players currently.