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KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest

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Golden State Warriors insider and bestselling author Marcus Thompson delivers the definitive biography of one of the most extraordinary basketball players in NBA history—Kevin Durant.

The NBA has never seen a player quite like Kevin Durant. Larry Bird wasn’t as quick, Magic Johnson didn’t have such a range, and Michael Jordan wasn’t seven feet tall. Durant handles the ball
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Atria Books
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Very few athletes who are stars in their sport, no matter which one, escape some type of controversy in their careers. Kevin Durant is no exception as his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 to join the Golden State Warriors set off a furious reaction not seen since LeBron James left Cleveland to sign with the Miami Heat in 2010. The story behind Durant’s decision, as well as a look into his complicated world, is told in this excellent unauthorized biography by Marcus Thompson.

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Rayyan
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.2 Stars
I got this because Kevin Durant is known to be a controversial superstar and I also wanted to learn about his childhood and background story.
Marcus Thompson did a good job talking about KD’s childhood especially DMV hoop because I love how basketball and DMV mold him into to the person/player he is today.Marcus talked about his high school to college career clearly.But I wished he talked about Kevin’s time in Seattle because I loved the way he described the preseason game in Seattle,bec
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Marty Monforte
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Marcus Thompson's book "KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to be the greatest" chronicles Kevin Durant's life and his basketball career.

The book begins by talking about Prince George County of Washington D.C. The book discusses the crime problem in that county and how challenging it can be to grow up in crime ridden area like Prince George. Durant was born to a single mother and grew up in difficult circumstances. He was raised mostly by his mother, grandmother and great aunt.

Durant honed h
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Favian
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
There were too many repetitive parts that were extraneous. I began the book hoping for a different angle of Kevin Durant, that there were sides of him outside of the angst and frustration, but the narrative crafted only reinforced what we already know from the very beginning. There were some takeaways, such as the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) community, as well the rich history of the Hamptons, but other than that, if you have followed Durant's career closely, there aren't any earth-shatte ...more
Priya
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I decided to read this book because I found it in my house while cleaning my room, and I was in need of a new book to read anyway. I thought while being in quarantine would be the perfect time to read it. I thought this book was very inspiring and it helped motivate me and realize why I love basketball. I made me want to work harder so I can be the best I can be in basketball. The language in this book made it so that you could connect to Kevin Durant and all of his ...more
Earl
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I appreciate how Marcus Thompson was able to break down the many different concerns and contexts that surrounded Kevin Durant as a star. I wonder how this may be viewed now that he has returned from a debilitating Achilles injury and takes the reins of the Brooklyn Nets, which apparently became an All-Star team composed of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin.

But I still think one cannot remove that great big smudge of using all the reasons just to win a championship ri
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Barbara Nutting
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I grabbed this off the new biography shelf because I’m a big Warriors fan. Enjoyed learning about his early years. Basketball games in print are not exactly like watching a game on TV!

Was surprised when I Googled Kevin Durant to learn that he has left the Golden State Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets, who I have never heard of! I guess for 164 million he doesn’t care what I think!

He seems like a good guy who has done many wonderful, charitable things with his fortune. I wish him luck with his new
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Cade Franklin
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This text describes Kevin’s life starting from birth to becoming a world champion in the NBA. It discusses his hardships he endured on his journey to becoming successful.
Kevin impacted American culture by becoming one of the most famous basketball players and athletes of his generation impacting millions of kids who look up to him.

The theme of this text in my opinion is determination. At many times he had hardships and the only way to move past them was to put his head down and go through it an
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Brendan Morphett
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for the advanced digital review copy of this book

An interesting read which unfortunately falls into the typical downfalls of unauthorized biographies of athletes who haven't finished their careers. The book does a good job exploring KD's early life in Washington DC and his ascent to NBA stardom as well as delving into the controversy around his free agency decision to join the Warriors. The book feels light on content however as there is still so much of K
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Ben
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Obviously Kevin Durant will remain one of the most controversial players in NBA history for many years to come. There were many logical reasons for his transition from Thunder to Warriors. While reading my book, my main though was; what if GM presti success would the two of them have with Durant, who swapped Westbrook instead of Harden in 2012? Huge question. It was nice to read about Durant's childood and Seattle days. ...more
Jeffrey
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Great deeper insight into KD. As a warrior fan I have always liked Durant. It's amazing how one decision makes people hate you. Maybe we need to look a little deeper into KD the man and realize the dude has been a through a lot and gives a ton back to those who need it. ...more
Rachel
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredible account of a truly remarkable human being.
Vincent Siow
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this right after he tore his Achilles during the 2019 Finals. Durant is one of the most misunderstood players in the NBA, so this book provides deeper insight into his nature and early life.
Tamia
Feb 28, 2022 added it
This is a good a book and for people who are inspired by basketball players this is a good book for you.
Nichole
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I enjoyed this book and recommend others read it. You will learn so much about basketball and life. This book is very much worth it.
Tim Baumgartner
I've read a decent amount of biographies and books on athletes in my time. This was DEFINITELY one of the BEST I've EVER read in this genre. [Let me know if you want to borrow it!]

Now, let me be clear, KD REALLY annoyed me, just like countless others, when he chose to leave OKC and join the GS Warriors a few years ago. To join the team that beat you AFTER they had ALREADY won a championship didn't sit well with me.

This being said, I first heard about this book earlier this week. Then my wife and
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