Yesterday, following the debut of the EA Sports version of the Nike Zoom KD III, I had a chance to talk to Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant in Santa Monica, CA. He talked about all the important things — playing basketball against rappers, shooting in the three-point contest and which actress should win an Oscar.

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Trey Kerby: We’re in California this weekend. So the big question is — Are you finally going to take on Lil B?

Kevin Durant: Lil B’s scared of me. (laughs)

TK: Yeah? I can’t imagine he’d want to step to you. Anyway, it’s your first time starting the All-Star Game. What does it mean to you to be voted in by the fans?

KD: It means a lot, man. It just means that as a player, people are starting to recognize how hard I work and what I do on the floor and also how I carry myself off the floor. It just means a lot. I really appreciate everybody voting for me. It’s a dream come true.

TK: There are a lot of guys playing in the game this year from this summer’s Team USA. Do you think playing together was big for all you guys’ growth? I mean, between you and Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and Kevin Love, you’re all playing excellent basketball this year. It’s pretty impressive.

KD: Once you put that team together, people kind of pushed us to the side. But now we’ve got four All-Stars that came from the 2010 World Championship team. So that says a lot. I’m very happy for all the guys that made it — Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Russell.

TK: Lamar Odom’s had a great season.

KD: Yeah, we’re just playing good basketball. We’re all playing great. I think playing for USA basketball kind of pushed our confidence to the next level. Maybe upped our work ethic as well, just pushing us a little bit more.

TK: The Thunder have you in the three-point contest, Russell in the skills competition and Serge Ibaka in the dunk contest — you guys going to sweep?

KD: That’d be perfect! That would be perfect. We’re gonna try though. We talked about it. I think Russell and Serge’s jobs are a little easier. It’s going to be a little tougher for me going against Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. It’s going to be tough. Hopefully I’ll make some shots.

TK: So you’re not guaranteeing victory?

KD: No. (laughs) No, there’s too many good shooters, man. We’ll see though. It’s going to be fun.

TK: Alright, last question. The Oscars are here next week. Who you got for best picture?

KD: Oscars? What is that, the movies?

TK: Yep, movies.

KD: Scarlett Johansson. (laughs)

Comments (6)

  1. Everyone always picks Scarlet Johansson.

  2. She was a great movie.

  3. I wonder who played her in the movie. My guess is Scarlett Johansson

  4. Trey, since I live 2 blocks from that particular Nike Store, is it odd that I was mildly disappointed that I missed KD, but I was VERY disappointed that I missed you there so I could tell you, in person, my Brad Miller stories of being an intern at Comcast Sports Net?

  5. Haha, Scarlet Johansson. Wow he really does not know his movies. Good interview Trey.

  6. Not the first time Durant mentions Johansson. The dude has a pretty big crush on her. I think he made some random creepy comment on Twitter a couple of months ago. Something about wanting to drink her bath water…

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