After winning two NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant says improving his game has surpassed chasing championships as his No. 1 career priority.
"I wasn't expecting to be a happy human being from a title," the Brooklyn Nets star told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on Saturday. "I was just expecting, like, you know, the ending of a movie - once you worked so hard and everybody tells you, like, 'Yo, this is what you need to be working for, is this gold ball and these rings.' And I'm just like, 'All right, cool, let me lock in on that.' And I locked in on wanting to achieve that, but I also realized it's a lot of stuff that factors in it that's out of my control.
"And once I won a championship, I realized that, like, my view on this game is really about development. Like, how good can I be? It's not about, you know, let's go get this championship. I appreciate that stuff and I want to win to experience that stuff, but it's not the end-all, be-all of why I play the game."