"I don't need anything in this basketball world to fulfill anything in me."
Golden State Warriors All Star forward Kevin Durant has reached the NBA mountain top twice in consecutive seasons, and this year he'll look to become only the third player in league history to win NBA Finals MVP in three straight seasons (Jordan twice, Shaq from '00-'02).
But even if he does reach that milestone, or any other milestone during his Hall of Fame career, Durant says nothing in the basketball world will ever fulfill him.
In an interview with Kerith Burke of NBC Sports Bay Area, Durant explained what truly fulfills him.
"I don't need anything in this basketball world to fulfill anything in me. The NBA is never going to fulfill me," Durant says.
"Being around family. Being around friends," he said. "The people who actually love you deep down to your core, who won't judge you, who will let you grow mentally, physically, you know? Just let you be who you are. I like those environments."
"All that stuff will fulfill me more so than anything ... just building toward something that’s sustained when I'm not even here on this Earth. My family could be straight when I die. That's the type of stuff I tend to think about."
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As for KD's mindset heading into his free agency decision this summer, per NBC Sports:
What do you want in free agency? How does legacy play into your next step?
"It ... it doesn’t. Like I said, I’m just focused on the day to day. How can I be the best player I can be? Can this environment help me be the best player than I can be every day? Am I still learning? Am I still having fun being a student of the game?"
"Just the small stuff that I try to [think about], to make sure I have everything covered so I can be the best I can be on the court."