Apr 8, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) stands on the court during a break in the action against the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Thunder defeated the Kings 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant wants to get into coaching after he retires

The career of Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant isn’t going to be ending anytime soon — at least we all hope not — but whenever it does end you can expect him to hang around the league for a little while longer. While he hasn’t expressed an interest in going the Michael Jordan route and buying a team, Durant has noted recently that getting into coaching post his playing days is something that he would pursue.

Per Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman:

I hope so. We’ll see. I always hear the guys that can play a little bit aren’t smart enough to be coaches, but I’m learning. I’m learning from a lot of different guys. Trying to put myself in different shoes. We’ll see. I like to see guys get better, I enjoy watching the progress of the team.

There’s logic in the move as from here until the end of time we can all say if Jason Kidd did it, why can Player X. Kidd is leading the Nets into a playoff season in which Brooklyn could very eel lend up taking the Miami Heat to the wire in a series and that’s something that all players who want to be coaches will be watching.

It used to be that you had to work your way up, and Durant may do that, but Kidd has helped break the mold and there’s now an express lane to becoming an NBA coach after retiring as a player.

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