Kevin Durant can’t palm a basketball!? Yes this is a story
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“To be honest, I don’t know why this is a story. But, yeah, I can’t palm a ball.” said Kevin Durant to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman after looking at the picture above during training camp and explaining that the ball was flat.
Since Mayberry tweeted that he learned KD couldn’t palm a ball after the first media day, people have been Googling every pic they could find of KD holding a ball so they could prove that he was lying.
“No, I can’t,” Durant, with a slight chuckle, again admitted. “I can’t. It’s nothing I can control. You know?”
He chuckled again.
“I don’t know what else to say,” he added.
Although it’s rare to hear about a player at his height, that throws down lots of dunks, not being able to palm a ball, there’s actually been quite a few NBA players who have said they can’t either. Charles Barkley, a league leader in dunks for a couple of seasons, couldn’t palm a ball. But, he also rarely dunked with one hand. Former dunk contest champion Josh Smith supposedly couldn’t palm a ball either and he does dunk a lot with one hand — like KD.
I hate to turn this into a KD/MJ comparison but since we are on the topic of being able to palm a basketball, nobody, Dr J included, was better at palming a ball to fake out or tease opponents than Jordan. He was so famous for palming a ball that he even played a game of “Can Michael Jordan palm it” on Jimmy Kimmel.