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Kevin Durant: ‘Guy you see now is real me. Guy in Oklahoma City was phony.’

2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team Minicamp

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 27: Kevin Durant #52 of the United States attends a practice session at the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on July 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant is becoming less apologetic about who he is.

He declared a need to be selfish during 2016 free agency. He opened up about his insecurities. He shot back at critics – from a teenager online to Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum.

Durant, via Chris Broussard of Fox Sports:

The guy you see now is the real me. The guy in Oklahoma City was the phony. I was just trying to please everybody and do what I thought everybody wanted me to do. The guy I am now in Golden State, that’s the real me.

I don’t know about this. He tried to redefine his image with the Thunder, too. Those shady tweets/Instagram comments – which happened while with the Warriors – weren’t exactly a great moment in keeping it real.

Like all of us, Durant is defined through his actions. If he worked to please everyone in Oklahoma City, that’s who he was. If he’s more concerned with himself now, that’s who he is.

The question becomes: Who does he want to be?

Durant is trying to find himself while in the public eye. He’s still learning about himself while trying to tell us about himself. It’s not easy process.