Thunder forward Kevin Durant said he disagrees with any notion that players don’t want to play with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Durant, who will become a free-agent at the end of the 2016 season, was asked about Bryant passing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He also said Bryant's intense nature doesn’t mean players don’t want to be teammates with him.
“Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," Durant said to USA Today. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS."
Durant, last season’s Most Valuable Player, also praised Bryant’s work ethic and demeanor.
"He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work, man. He's intense,” Durant said. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody.”
Durant is averaging 21.5 points and 5.4 rebounds after missing the first 17 games of the season while recovering from a foot injury. Oklahoma City (12-13), which plays the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, has won seven straight games.
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