As Kevin Durant continues working his way up the all-time scoring list, he does so with a greater appreciation for what LeBron James is accomplishing as he approaches the NBA's scoring record.
"To be the No. 1 in anything, there's 8 billion people in the world, we just figured that out last week, so to be the No. 1 of all time at scoring the basketball, I'm sure it's going to be a range of emotions for him," Durant said at Friday's shootaround, in advance of a game against the Indiana Pacers. "But to be in an era where we see this live is pretty cool as well. You probably can't even describe the emotions and feelings him and his family and his friends are going to go through, but it's cool to see it up close."
Durant, who enters Friday's game with 26,074 points, passed Kevin Garnett for 18th place on the all-time list in Wednesday's win over the Toronto Raptors. James, meanwhile, has 37,311 career points, second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387.
Durant says he has never focused on becoming the all-time scoring king, even as he climbs to a higher place in basketball history each night.
"I never really thought of it," Durant said. "I heard the talks, especially early on in my career when I was doing stuff the LeBrons, the Michael Jordans have done in the league as far as scoring, but I know how tough it is to consistently do this year in and year out, day in and day out. A lot of stuff is out of your control. But I just try to come in and be the best version of myself I can be, and whatever happens, happens."
The same goes for each player Durant passes on the list. He said he never had a particular name he wanted to get past, preferring to focus on improving his own game.