The Oklahoma City Thunder announces that Durant will miss the rest of the season due to a Jones fracture injury in his right foot. He will undergo a bone graft procedure to address the fracture, the recovery for which usually takes four to six months. Thunder GM Sam Presti:
It was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommended approach.
Durant has been limited to only 27 games during the season due to the injury.
Durant and Fallon discuss the NBA 2K15 game on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
No, That’s kinda of arrogant. I play as LeBron James.
Durant wins his first NBA Most Valuable Player award. He averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists for the season, and led his team to a 59-23 record. During his acceptance speech, Durant thanks his mother:
You made us believe, you kept us off the streets, put clothes on our backs, put food on the table. You the real MVP.
Durant also adds:
Everything in my life, I had to take it. They’re not going to give it to you out of sympathy. I wouldn’t want it any other way. This was another case, if I wanted to win the MVP, I had to go take it. I felt that this was the year I did that.
In an issue of Sports Illustrated, Durant expresses his frustration at playing in James’ shadow:
I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the Finals. I’m tired of being second. I’m not going to settle for that. I’m done with it.
Durant says he uses his frustration as a means to self-improvement:
I don’t watch a lot of other basketball away from the gym. But I do look at LeBron’s box score. I want to see how many points, rebounds and assists he had, and how he shot from the field. If he had 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, I can tell you exactly how he did it, what type of shots he made and who he passed to.
On their friendship:
People see two young black basketball players at the top of their game and think we should clash. They want the conflict. They want the hate. They forget Bird cried for Magic. A friend was getting on me about this recently, and I said, ‘Calm down. I’m not taking it easy on him. Don’t you know I’m trying to destroy the guy every time I go on the court?’
Kevin Durant is born in Washington, D.C. and has one brother, and was raised by his Mother and Grandmother. Kevin and his brother are very competitive, and love to play sports, which emerged to Kevin working on basketball drills eight hours of the day. After his freshman year, he shot up five inches to 6′ 8″.