Ahead of the Nets-Spurs kickoff, Gregg Popovich presented Kevin Durant with the 2021 USA Male Athlete of the Year trophy.
Kevin Durant has been an incredible NBA talent from the moment he stepped on hardwood. During the illustrious 13-year career, KD has managed to accomplish it all – 11 All-Star caps, 9 All-NBA caps, 4 scoring titles, ROTY, MVP, 2 titles, 2 MVP finals, and will surely be a Hall-Of -Famer once all said and done.
In addition to being an NBA legend, The Durantula was one of the best players in the history of the United States men’s basketball team. And recently, for his incredible performance for Team USA last year, he was honored by being named the 2021 US Male Athlete of the Year. Earn honor for 4e time, Durant was extremely humiliated :
“It’s amazing to be honored in this way,” Durant said. “First of all, representing your country and doing it among the best athletes in the world is an honor. So many great athletes go through USA Basketball and the national teams in general in all sports, and therefore to be chosen as one of the top athletes is an honor. I am very grateful for the opportunity and grateful to have received this award.
Earlier today, KD received his 2021 American Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award from Gregg Popovich, head coach of the 2020 United States Men’s National Team.
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“Kevin Durant played brilliantly on the international stage and paved the way for another gold medal”: Gregg Popovich
Ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Nets-Spurs clash, the former U.S. men’s basketball coach Gregg Popovich presented Durant with the prestigious award. Popovich, who himself was a co-recipient of the 2021 United States National Coach of the Year, praised Kevin:
“As he has done before, Kevin Durant played brilliantly on the international stage and paved the way for another gold medal. I remain impressed with his work ethic, his leadership and his desire to excel.
In July 2021, Kevin Durant led the United States to their 3e back-to-back Olympic gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Games. During the 6-game period, KD led the team with 20.7 points, grabbed 5.3 rebounds and distributed 3.7 assists on an efficient fire distribution of 53/38/91. For his exceptional performance, FIBA named the three-time Olympic gold medalist MVP of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Kevin now holds 8 USA Mem’s Basketball Olympic recordings – first place for points (435), average points (19.8), baskets scored (146) and attempted (276), baskets scored with 3 points scored (74) and attempted (148) and Free throws made (69) & attempted (80).
Representing his country for more than a decade now, Durant, across 55 games, averaged 19.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game, on an impressive share of shots 53/47/87.
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Without a doubt, Durant well deserved this prestigious honor.