Kevin Durant talks about his friendship with mentor Karl Malone
Is the Mailman delivering advice to Kevin Durant? In a recent Esquire interview with Kevin Durant for ‘The Mentoring Project”, KD talked about his relationship with the NBA legend.
“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.”
When I think of Malone, I think of the best power forward of the 80s & 90s who was built like a tank and had a very predictable but unstoppable game. I also think of a guy who, because of his finals losses to Michael Jordan, not winning more MVPs because of Michael Jordan and not leading the NBA in scoring because of Michael Jordan, knows a thing or two about 2nd place and gets more underrated as years go by. After saying all those things, I also think he sounds like the perfect guy to give advice to a 2nd overall draft pick who knows how it feels to lose in a NBA Finals and constantly hear that he’s 2nd to a couple of others Jordan heirs who knows how it feels to win multiple championships.
Although neither Malone or Durant knows how it feels to win a NBA championship (yet), they do know how it feels to be one of the best in the world at what they do and collect numerous accolades while entertaining millions year after year. I’m expecting a ring or two in KD’s future but it goods to hear him say he’s appreciating the journey because life is way bigger than one moment, game, goal or championship.
“Build the memories up. Because that’s all we have at the end of the day, is the memories. As you grow older, you’re going to appreciate every step.”
This why at the end of the day, looking back at my memories, I consider Karl Malone one of the greatest players ever, even if he “didn’t deliver on Sundays.”
I wonder if Malone calls KD on this flip phone
Just for kicks, here’s a comparison between KD & Malone.