“His insight for the game, his communication, how he communicates the game of basketball is definitely going to help me as a player develop and it’s going to help the rest of the team,” Durant said during an appearance on JJ Redick’s “The Old Man and the Three podcast (h/t ESPN’s Andrew Lopez).
Durant says that he first got to work out with Nash several years ago and it helped him understand how Nash’s mind works. Durant worked out with Nash, who was coming off his second MVP season, when Durant was a rookie.
“Every time I’m in the gym with him, I was always like a sponge,” Durant said. “I’m looking forward to this man. I always feel like I’m a student of the game. Somebody who has experienced so much and played in different eras, I’m looking forward to him teaching me some more things about it as well.”
Nash said, during a media session, that his relationship with Durant started when the two were introduced off court by current Nets assistant coach Adam Harrington.
“It’s a privilege to work with one of the greatest players to ever play the game,” Nash said. “Someone who is incredibly coachable, inquisitive, and that lends itself to the question of searching. I think what I meant was that Kevin’s always searching, he’s always curious, inquisitive, developing as a human being. So he’s a deep person who has a lot of goals and a lot about him, not just in basketball terms.
“I think my comment is more about Kevin as a human being, the type of person he is, about how he’s always trying to grow, always trying to learn and always asking how he can get better” Nash said of Durant.
“A big part of that is that Kevin is somebody that is never afraid to say, ‘help me with this’ ‘what do you think about that?’ so that’s the type of confidence and security it takes to be able to ask for help or know what they don’t know. And he has that along with an incredible drive, work ethic, toughness and historic talent.”