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Kevin Durant: Being able to lift weights 'doesn't matter' in National Basketball Association

18 Мая, 2017, 01:21 | Author: Glenda Knight
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"Stay your ass home, work out and get better on your own time", Durant suggested. He recalled a rough experience in 2007 when he was 19 and turning pro after one year at Texas.

I was like, 'All right, keep laughing.

"I remember it like it was yesterday", Durant told ESPN's Chris Haynes. Odd strategy in my opinion, but good that the Mavs can't go too far down the line. The Portland Trail Blazers took center Greg Oden with the first pick.

But the combine isn't quite the star-studded showcase it used to be.

The 2017 NBA Combine will be without several of the projected top picks in this year's draft, including Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Jackson of Kansas, and Malik Monk of Kentucky.

"I think Yogi made some huge strides and is a young developing player that we're all internally excited about", said Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks' president of basketball operations. With his ability to stretch the floor and make plays for his teammates, Evans could develop into a starting-level point guard for a long time.

Durant also told ESPN that he's sure he could bench press 185 now (you know, since now he's a full grown man) but that he's not trying to do that because there's literally no point.

Why did you think it was valuable for you to participate in [the Combine]? . And the testing, maybe if you're not very good at the tests, maybe don't come out. If you have to play to help yourself, come.

"If there's no reason to play, how do you help yourself if you're some of our guys?" My job is to protect my guys. The team will also receive the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick unless the Lakers finish in the top three of the draft lottery.

"Now [players aren't attending], but back then, every player was there", Durant said. "It's not the way it is for these kids". The Sixers will end up interviewing more than 20 players at the combine.

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But numerous Draft's top prospects won't be in attendance. But he doesn't understand missing it entirely.

With a host of incoming National Basketball Association players in Chicago this week for the National Basketball Association draft combine, Kevin Durant has some advice for the next generation of stars. I was just out training with (Wisconsin senior) Nigel Hayes and he didn't even get an invite.

Well, he went second overall that year to the then-Seattle Supersonics and got his chance to show what he could do when they gave him a ball. He'll have time to prepare for whatever question comes his way.

The Chicago Bulls franchise is in need of a major overhaul if they want to compete anytime soon.

North Carolina's Justin Jackson isn't playing. The second round means a team really likes you, a team was willing to take a chance on you.

Durant, to this day, said he's not a fan of bench pressing.

Jackson and Evans are the biggest names the team interviewed on this list. Would he buy Ball's basketball shoes?

Calipari was asked if he had ever advised one of his players to skip the event all together.

If I were in one of these top prospect's shoes, I'd definitely listen to KD on this one.

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