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NBA 23/04/2018, 21.05

Durant on Antetokounmpo's desire to play for Bucks entire career: Play for yourself

"I was at that point," Durant told ESPN. "I wanted the same things. I felt like that's what I ..."

Giannis Antetokounmpo said that he would love to play his entire career with the Bucks as long as they are committed to win an NBA title.

Per ESPN, Kevin Durant understands exactly what Antetokounmpo is going through. As he listens to what Antetokounmpo said about wanting to stay in Milwaukee throughout his entire career, Durant reflects back to an earlier time in his career -- because he knows there was a time he said exactly the same thing about staying in Oklahoma City.
"I was at that point," Durant told ESPN. "I wanted the same things. I felt like that's what I ..."

"What I would say to him, I would tell him to play for himself," Durant said. "Because he's the one out there putting in the work, he's the one out there getting up in the morning staying committed to the game. Obviously [the comments about staying put] sounds good to the fans in Milwaukee and to the ownership, because he cares so much about wanting to please them and play well for them, and I get it. But his career is about him; it's about whatever he wants to do and however he feels is right for him. And what type of basketball does he want to play? He's not going to stay in Milwaukee if he's not having fun playing the game."

"I'm sure he has nothing but love and respect for everybody that helped him out in Milwaukee and all the fans that cheered for him, but his career is not about them. It's about himself," Durant said. "And I learned that because I said the same things, I lived the same things. I wanted the same things. But it came from a place where I was just so excited about the love I was getting from everybody else. And when I said that, I wanted people to feel good about themselves, I wanted people to feel good about our team and I wanted my organization to feel like I was there for them, I was loyal to them every single day, because I was. But at the same time, it's about you. It's about going out there and being the best player you can be every single day, working hard every single day, enjoying the game. That's your only job, is to do those things. It's not to fill people up in the seats or [fill] a new arena -- it's not your job. So I would tell him to live and play his career out for himself."
E. Carchia

E. Carchia

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