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4.0 out of 5 starsGood look at KD's past and a fun, quick read.
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
I enjoyed this book for many reasons, but the primary reason is because I didn't know much about his early life and what he went through growing up and the author gives insight into KD and his ability to express himself. He is a complicated person, but is an outstanding basketball player who has contributed to multiple communities financially to help out a lot of peope. He seems to be someone who enjoys thinking about things and is not afraid to be who he wants to be and that is something that has made him into who he is today. Overall, an interesting read and if you liked Thompson's other book about Steph, then you'll like this one too.
Provides insights and reasonable context on what motivates KD, diving into the many layers which make up KD the person. Will KD finally find whatever he's looking for in Brooklyn? I hope he does, but we shall see.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood effort at trying to tell KD's story
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2019
I had pre-ordered the book from Amazon, but it was in a local bookstore early and I became so absorbed that I bought it on the spot and canceled the Amazon order. Thompson does a masterful job of pulling together material from KD's previous interviews and other media (e. g., his Still KD video) and weaving it into a plausible take on what factors have shaped Kevin Durant's trajectory as a basketball player. To his credit, Thompson mostly resists the urge to over psychoanalyze or offer ungrounded interpretations of KD's mindset. For example, he describes key losses Durant experienced as a youth and while Thompson writes eloquently about what impact that might have had, he doesn't presume that he knows for sure. Thompson also does a good job of painting a picture of where and how Durant grew up, including contextualising it against larger social currents (e. g., the crack epidemic, hip hop). So why only 4 stars? If you are a serious fan of Durant, you will likely have read/seen most or all of the sources that Thompson pulls from and may feel as I did that no new ground is covered. Conspicouosly missing are the personal anecdotes from key figures that brought Stephen Curry to life in Thompson's first book, Golden. Thompson doesn't have the personal knowledge or entre into Durant's life that he did with Curry, and no amount of research and thoughtful writing can make up for that. We won't get the definitive biography until Durant himself decides to peel back the layers and also allows access to those closest to him, if he ever does. Meanwhile, hats off to Thompson for trying to crack KD the enigma.