It is hard to explain how Kevin Durant can be so good at scoring. He’s a legit 6-foot-10 but shoots and handles the ball like a guard. He’s not particularly fast, but he can always get a shot off. He’s built like a supersized version of Dee Reynolds dancing with an inflatable arms guy, yet doesn’t look uncoordinated at all. He’s not an astounding athlete, but he finished seventh in dunks for the entire NBA. It’s weird.
Thankfully, after yesterday’s 39-point performance, we have a couple suggestions on why Kevin Durant is so good at putting points on the board. The first is his offering, from the AP:
Coming off his worst performance in the playoffs, Kevin Durant couldn’t get his shots to fall again.
Then he caught a glimpse of his mother dancing around during a timeout and, like magic, the ball started going through the net. [...]
“I knew she had those dance moves,” Durant said. “She used to do it all the time when I was young. She was having fun. I was glad to see that.”
That’s sweet. Kevin Durant was just being a good son, scoring a ton of points because his mom was dancing. It’s easy to play tight when your parents are in the stands — any high school kid can tell you that — but when she’s cutting a rug, you know you have to put on a show. Seems reasonable to me, even if I tend to play my worst when my mom comes to one of my men’s league games.
Then again, Tony Allen’s explanation seems reasonable too.
“He brought the All-Star,” Memphis’ Tony Allen said. “He pushed the turbo button on us today.”
Yeah, I guess that works too. Kevin Durant is just a video game character who had his turbo button mashed in all day. Makes sense to me. Plus, it explains the three dunks he had, especially that alley-oop. I totally buy this line of reasoning. Tony Allen would never lie.
Truth be told, it’s probably a combination of both of these things, plus a little bit of natural talent, insane work ethic and a backpack. Nonetheless, if you want to be a great basketball player, it seems like you should probably hug your mom and play video games all day. Definitely a recipe for success.