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Kevin Durant says Michael Jordan is “equivalent to Einstein . . . Beethoven . . . or Obama”

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The Warriors superstar opened up about his basketball obsession, his favorite players, and the days following his altercation with Draymond Green.

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With every interview, it becomes more and more clear that Kevin Durant is a fascinating dude. The Golden State Warriors superstar is wildly interesting to listen to, whether he’s talking about life or basketball. But especially when he’s talking about basketball.

Shams Charania of The Athletic recently caught up with the two-time Finals MVP, for a must-read interview. They covered a variety of topics, but most intriguing was his take on former NBA stars, specifically Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, two players that KD has been open in his adoration of.

Kobe, MJ and Kyrie. Just the way they move, I don’t understand why people don’t realize what they’re seeing in these three, especially Jordan and Kobe. . . But watching Kobe and Mike, I’m like, ‘How do you not realize how good these dudes are?’ How do you not say they’re by far better than anybody who’s played the game? Just by the way they move, how fluid they are.

Everybody that comes to my house, whether it’s friends or family, I make them watch Jordan highlights. This is equivalent to (Albert) Einstein … f*****g (Ludwig van) Beethoven … or (Barack) Obama. This is the greatest talent and athletes and minds of the world.

Durant goes on to make the salient point that we sometimes dismiss genius when it appears in sports, but that we should appreciate it when it’s there. It’s a vital point, and one that appears to be at the core of KD’s lifelong obsession with basketball evolving into an appreciation that is “on another level right now.”

KD also admitted that he watches hours and hours of basketball daily, not just for pleasure, but to study. He listed some of the players he learns the most from, and it’s clear that he’s not just watching his contemporaries. He is a true student of the game, from previous generations, to future generations.

Also notable are Durant’s comments on his altercation with Draymond Green. The MVP downplayed the severity and long-term impact of the drama, while also admitting that there were things he needed to do to get back on track, and to get the team rolling again.

But ultimately, it wouldn’t be a Durant interview without an exceptional signature quote, which, like a pull-up three from the left wing, KD delivered flawlessly. While speaking about off-court dynamics, talking to the media, and other elements of being a professional basketball player, Durant dropped this gem: “I like basketball 100 percent. The other s**t is aight.”