Kevin Durant Doesn't Take a Day Off, Plays Ball at YMCA Day After Win

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 27, 2013

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Kevin Durant doesn't take a day off, and when he plays basketball, mere mortals are off shooting threes hoping he catches a glimpse. 

The Oklahoman's Matt Carney has a wonderful story of his own personal shootaround that came in tandem with an NBA superstar deciding to get in some extra work on his day off. 

As Carney explains, he went to the local YMCA to play some basketball as many of us do. Although, there is rarely a chance of a man of Durant's stature and status stopping by with the same thought. 

Durant showed up at the Y and played some half-court games, one day after his Thunder beat the formidable Clippers 105-91 on Thursday night.

For the curious, Durant dropped 28 points, eight assists and six rebounds on the Clippers, but he still decided his effort demanded extra work, so he laced up his sneakers the very next day. 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 21:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 21, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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The obvious sentiment is Durant is where he is because he puts in the extra work, something we can all learn from. However, the dramatic subplot to all this is the hilarious manner Carney takes all of this in. 

The best part is Carney quipped moments before stepping into the gym that some of the Thunder's biggest stars should join him for his lunchtime workout. 

Not wanting to seem starstruck, Carney continued to chuck up one three after another with a random weekend warrior while Durant, one of the best in his craft, played in a pick-up game at the other end of the court. 

Carney says one lady tried to get Durant's signature but was quickly squired away from the soft-spoken star who was merely there to hone his craft. 

This is the moment Carney let his mind wander and think, as he writes, "What if I got in a game with Kevin Durant?"

Yes, kids, even grown men daydream. 

This is the same exact thought that would cross the transom of your mind if your local sports hero was dunking and draining shots in front of you, playing against a bunch of other amateur athletes. 

Carney did a beautiful job of summing his chance encounter up, so we encourage you to soak that in.

The point is Durant has a blueprint for success that serves anyone from any sport or any walk of life: Put in the work. 

The Thunder wouldn't play until Sunday's win over Utah, which featured the star scoring 19 points. That was too great a layoff for Durant to kick up his feet and relax. 

We hope you fans in Oklahoma City take notice and work on your own basketball game, because you never know when Durant will make a surprise cameo. 


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