Kevin Durant was recently featured in Esquire Magazine where he talked about his mentors. He talked about his godfather mentoring him as well as his mother keeping it real.
But one relationship that we didn’t know about? He apparently talks to hall-of-famer Karl Malone. From the aforementioned Esquire Magazine:
I’ve gotten close with Karl Malone, who’s called me numerous times when he can see on TV that I’m struggling, feeling bad after a loss. He can tell.
Durant, at 25, has become a mentor as well. He explained it here:
I try to talk to the younger guys. I don’t want to force myself on anybody, so if somebody asks me for some advice, I just try to give it to them as real as I can. Especially high school kids, who are about to enter into this life. I’ve been through so much, even though I’m twenty-five years old, that I can spread some knowledge. And, you know, it feels great just to know that you’re helping, and know that the experiences you’ve been through, even though they were tough, that you can help someone else try to prevent those. Just another voice in the air, to help.
It’s good that Durant has become a guy the younger people turn to. But I’m really curious what the Mailman tells the four-time scoring champion. Do they talk about life in the NBA? Or do they talk about monster trucks and bass fishing?
It’s also not often you hear about Karl Malone being a mentor? We always hear the younger guys say they talk to Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, or even Hakeem Olajuwon. But not so much Malone.
Still, Durant’s always had a good head on his shoulders. Not saying Malone is a bad influence but Durant seems open to listen to anyone. And that’s an attribute that keeps KD great.
Kevin Durant pic courtesy of Getty Images.