Q&A: Kevin Durant on NBA Draft Day

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TIME: What part of about your game do you think needs the most improvement for the NBA?

Kevin Durant: Obviously my strength, my defense. I'm not trying to pinpoint one aspect of my game more than another, I'm nowhere near where I want to be. But who is really ready, besides LeBron James, coming out of high school or college?

TIME: NBA players are notoriously tempted by the trappings of money and fame—the parties, the fast lifestyle, the women. Are you prepared for all of that?

Kevin Durant: I'm the type that likes the family atmosphere on my team. So if my teammate asks, 'do you want to hang out?' I'm the type to say, 'Yeah, let's do that.' But I'm also the type to be a bit more focused. I don't do the drinking or any of that stuff. I enjoy myself, but not that much.

TIME: Of the players now in the NBA, who is your role model?

Kevin Durant: LeBron James by far. The way he handled himself coming out of high school—he had a lot of hype, he never let it get to his head. He just played hard, and he lived up to his expectations. You never see him get in any trouble and things like that. He led his team to the Finals. He's like the perfect athlete I think.

TIME: So besides working out, how have you been keeping busy before the big draft day?

Kevin Durant: Well, I finally got my driver's license in Texas.

TIME: What took you so long?

Kevin Durant: I didn't want to go through all that driving school—I've been busy. I've been driving around in my mom's car. She's got a Hyundai. It's about three or four years old. I got me a little something— I bought myself a Range Rover. I'm really looking forward to that—it just hasn't gotten home yet.

TIME: How much did you pay for it?

Kevin Durant: I don't know, to be honest with you.

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