Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 27: NBA player, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches a game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Horned Frogs 35-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
With a gold medal now on his mantle, Kevin Durant is quickly and systematically piling up the accolades as each year passes. The 23-year-old phenom came up three games short of an NBA title, but that is not to say his 2012 season was unsuccessful. Durant lead Oklahoma City past the three perennial powerhouses in the Mavericks, Lakers, and Spurs on their way to being crowned the Western Conference champions. He completed his third straight season as the scoring champion by edging out Kobe Bryant down the stretch of the regular season. Durant didn’t skip a beat when it was time to bring a gold medal back to the United States. During a time in which most NBA players are resting their bodies and avoiding the spotlight, Durant was spending his summer doing exactly what he loves. During the Thunder’s exit interviews after a disappointing showing at the Finals, Durant was asked whether or not he would take some time to relax and reflect on the loss. Durant replied with few words but those ...
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