Warriors Star Kevin Durant Thinks he has only Five More Years Left
Despite sitting at the peak of his greatness, Kevin Durant may be eying retirement in the next half-decade.
“This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it,” said Durant. “No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don’t. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that’s just a number in my mind.”
Durant will turn 30 in September and will be eligible to sign a five-year max contract this summer. He can also opt to sign a shorter term deal with player options, which will likely be the case if he chooses to remain in the Bay Area with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
“Especially if I continue to approach the game the right way every day like I’ve been doing, hell yeah. Hell yeah I can move on,” he said on whether he would regret leaving the game, likely with some more remaining in the tank at age 35. “No matter how many points I score, no matter how many people I pass up, no matter how many points I leave on the table, my legacy, as we always like to talk about, I can go up and ask any person who has ever seen me play and they’ll have a different way of viewing my game. So it’s hard for me to go out there and play for that type of stuff because it changes through so many people. So many groups of people probably view my game differently. So, it’s hard for me to focus on that.
“But I will focus on the people that love me the most, that encourage me, that pour into me and vice versa. I value what they say and how they feel about me more so than anything because that’s who I really went through this journey with, those people. That’s what my legacy lies in. I know they’re going to view it as a perfect career no matter what.”
Undoubtedly one of the greatest scorer ever and one of the two cornerstone players in the league over the last decade, Durant’s Hall of Fame worthy resume speaks for itself. He is a two-time Finals MVP, a former league MVP, a two-time NBA champion, a nine-time NBA All-Star and a four-time scoring champion.