Kevin Durant
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Brooklyn Nets are preparing for the new season in the team’s training camp at San Diego University. Kevin Durant shared his thoughts as he adapts and evolves to the changes in the sport.

KD admitted he’s more ‘at ease’ at his current stage of his career as opposed to his younger self, understanding the ‘longer game’.

(via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk):

“[When you are younger] you want to establish yourself in the league,” Durant said Thursday. “Sometimes you may overthink it and may think too much about reactions and opinions of others because you are on the journey to perfection.

But start to relax a little bit and understand what this is about and understand the long game, and it definitely made my mental a little bit more at ease coming to the gym every day and not focusing on that stuff.”

Durant is entering his third season as a member of the Nets, hoping to bring a championship to the Brooklyn franchise. KD teamed up with Kyrie Irving and James Harden, and despite the outside noise, he remains poised ahead of new season.

“As far as the outside noise, no disrespect for you guys [in the media], for our families, friends and even our fans expecting us to do so much — if we don’t live up to those, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.

But we want to come out and play a great brand of basketball every night, and we hold ourselves to that standard. I expect us to come out there with some swagger and some intensity. But outside noise shouldn’t matter much to this group.”

The Nets will play their first preseason game against the Lakers on Oct. 3, while the regular season starts by facing the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 20.