Jan 29, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) pumps his fist as Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) walks back to the bench during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant wants to play until he's 40


Kevin Durant is currently playing through arguably the best stretch of his NBA career thus far. He has his Oklahoma City Thunder hitting on all cylinders, even without Russell Westbrook. He’s playing so well that he may have already wrapped up the 2014 NBA MVP. Right now, few will argue that Durant is the best player in basketball — at the moment.

With that said, Durant recently told Spike Lee on Sirius XM NBA how long he plans to play. He’s only 25 right now, so I’m not sure how that came up, but it came up.

40. Durant wants to play some 15 more years.

Per Bleacher Report, only seven players have played past the age of 40 during the past decade:

  • Dikembe Mutombo (three seasons)
  • Kevin Willis (three seasons)
  • Charles Oakley
  • Cliff Robinson
  • Karl Malone
  • Kurt Thomas
  • Grant Hill

History says that it’ll be easier for Durant, more of a wing player, to extend his career more than it might be for a traditional big man. Still, if Durant can get to 40, that’d be an accomplishment in its own. Oh, and along with probably breaking all the scoring records along the way.

Right now, I think it’s just a “goal”. It’ll be tough for him to play until he’s 40, or at 40. Still, if he can, all power to him.

 

 

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