Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant can say he’s an NBA champion; now he’s Champion of the Year. (Photo: Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

GQ magazine announced their decision to name Kevin Durant “Champion of the year.” Durant won his first NBA championship last year with the Golden State Warriors. The move to leave the Thunder, the only other organization he has ever played with, shook up the league.

The Warriors won 67 games in the regular season and went undefeated in the playoffs en route to their second championship in three years. Durant averaged 35.2 points per game in the five-game Finals series against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. His seemingly effortless performance in those games earned him Finals MVP honors.

Along with Colin Kaepernick, Durant will share the cover of the November edition of the magazine. GQ is releasing a feature article on Durant as the magazine followed him around on his trip to India this past summer. The article will be published Thursday.

Durant has not had the most comfortable transition from Oklahoma City to the Bay Area. The ridicule that came from his decision caused him immediate distress; even going as far as questioning why he even left.

After an even more eventful summer, it looks as if he settling in better and ready to talk about other things.

Following from GQ.com,

KD talked about everything from getting heckled by a court-side pop goddess to the intimacy of Jay-Z’s 4:44 and how he’s had to develop the ability to separate truth from trash: “I know right from wrong. You call bulls— like you see it. You just call bulls—.”

The 28-year-old talked about what an “honor” it is to share the cover of the magazine with someone as “influential” as Kaepernick with the media on Monday.

Following from Connor Letourneau of San Francisco Chronicle,

“Kaepernick is a guy who’s standing up for what he believes in, who’s standing up for people who don’t really have a voice,” Durant said.

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