Kevin Durant on Thursday expressed excitement about the hiring of Billy Donovan as Thunder coach, saying he can’t wait to get started with Donovan. Here’s a full transcript of what Durant said about Donovan. Q: What was your reaction when you heard the news? A: I was excited. When you don't have a coach, it's a lot of uncertainty in the building. But coming into the practice facility today, I felt like it was the next step for us. It was an exciting feeling for everybody that was there at the gym today to learn that we got Billy as our coach. We're exciting and we're looking forward to it. Have you had a chance to talk to Billy yet? No. I haven't talked to him. I'm guessing here in the next few days I'll talk to him. But I'm looking forward to that, too. What's your relationship with Billy like now? Do you have a relationship with him? Do you know him at all? I met him one time out in Vegas. He was there for USA Basketball. And I've heard good things about him. I'm sure we'll click pretty quickly. But I don't have a relationship with him. I don't know him. He didn't recruit me at Florida, so I don't really know him to well. I'm just going off of what guys that played for him said. And I'm looking forward to meeting him and getting a feel for him myself. He's obviously accomplished a ton and he's not even 50 years old. Two national titles, 500 wins. But people are questioning his lack of NBA experience. Do you think that that sort of thing matters, or is a coach just a coach? I wouldn't say it matters. I think, like you said, if you know how to coach a team that's all that matters. He's been at one of the highest levels of basketball and won a title. That's tough to do. So you can't just downplay what he's done in the college ranks and just automatically say he's not going to be great in the pros. He produced a lot of pros and they all love him. The only thing that will be different, to be honest, is just the schedule and the amount of practice time you may have and the travel. But other than that, I think he'll adapt pretty quickly.
Kevin Durant talks about new Thunder coach Billy Donovan
The Oklahoman | May 1