Kevin Durant says stress of winning prevented him from sleeping, made him snap at teammates

Oct 23, 2013; Wichita, KS, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks (right) talks with forward Kevin Durant (left) against Chicago Bulls during the second half at Intrust Bank Arena. Chicago won 104-95. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

During Kevin Durant‘s first few seasons in the NBA, he was thought to be a quiet, reserved type of talent – maybe to a fault. But last year, we saw a different Durant. A more fiery, almost at times angry Durant which the Oklahoma City Thunder star says came from the stress of attempting to win an NBA title.

Durant (who had twelve technical fouls in 2012-13) said he became obsessed with the idea, often times the stress making it impossible to sleep and causing him to snap at teammates, coaches and referees:

“Last year, I was obsessed with it,” Durant said of winning a title. “Like, I wasn’t going to sleep because I wanted to win so bad. I was screaming at my teammates, at the refs, at the coaches. I got mad because I thought ‘if we have a bad game here, we’re not going to win a championship.’”

Durant says he has calmed now and won’t let the idea take over his state of mind, though, with so many putting the weight of the Thunder franchise on Durant’s shoulders, it’s only human to have a breaking point.

Topics: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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