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Durant's always been aiming for LeBron's throne.
Kevin Durant just wants to be the best player in the league.
Durant's undoubtedly the second-best player in the NBA, and he's made huge strides in his game over the past two years. He's on pace to post one of the greatest offensive seasons ever this year. But he's still chasing after LeBron James.
When LeBron was in the middle of a stretch of “30-plus points on 60 percent shooting or better” games, Durant said (per the Associated Press):
Of course, LeBron James is a really good friend of mine, a big inspiration, a guy I looked up to in high school, middle school, just hearing about him when he was in high school and being the No.1 pick out of high school was a pretty big accomplishment and now the stuff he's doing now, of course he's a big inspiration. I want to get there as well, so I just got to keep working.
And LeBron acknowledges their rivalry too. He recently told Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins:
I know there is someone, somewhere, trying to take my spot. And I know where he is too. He's in Oklahoma. He's my inspiration because I see the direction he's headed, and it's the same direction I'm headed. I know his mind-set, and he knows mine. It's a collision course. We're driving one another.
For now, Durant will just have to play second fiddle.