documentary by Matthew McKibben July 11, 2017
Kevin Durant released Still KD: Through the Noise Tuesday, a 35-minute film that gives viewers an in-depth look into the superstar’s life off the court and his championship run with the Golden State Warriors.
KD endured a ton of hate last season following his decision to join the winningest regular season team of all time. But he was able to quiet some of the critics after capturing the title and the Finals MVP, proving he was the best player on the league’s best team.
In the video, which was filmed in collaboration with Nike, Durant provides some insight into his mindset and the steps he took to become one of the best high school and college basketball players in the country.
Here are five things we learned from KD’s documentary:
Outside of a few highlights from his time with the Thunder, there isn’t any mention of the 2012 Finals loss or the time he spent with Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
He conspicuously left OKC out of the film and didn’t discuss his reason for choosing Golden State in free agency. Weird.
Man, Durant puts in that work. For years, he has been widely respected for being one of the hardest workers in the NBA.
In the vlog, his dedication to the game shines through and it is clear Durant has poured blood, sweat, and tears into his career.
I thought that Nash was a player development coach who acted more as a consultant than a trainer who spends hours in the gym.
But in the video, Nash is shown helping Durant rehab from his knee injury midseason and working on those yoga/basketball moves the two-time MVP perfected as a Phoenix Sun.
Dating back to his time in OKC, Durant has always played a philanthropic role in the city he played in.
Durant donated a large sum of money to build a number of basketball courts in an underserved Oakland neighborhood.
During a press conference, Durant talks about the role that basketball played in his life, teaching him the importance of teamwork and leadership.
Though Durant wasn’t around for the Dubs’ meltdown in the 2016 Finals, he said he felt the team’s collective pain after they lost a Christmas Day showdown versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Towards the end of the video, Durant is seen hyping up Ian Clarke and Pat McCaw, two players with lesser roles on the team.