Kevin Durant has heard about that illustration of him in a Knicks jersey on a billboard near Madison Square Garden, but the Warriors star is anything but dazzled by the recruitment effort.
"To be honest, I don't know how I feel about that type of stuff," Durant said Thursday, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. "It's cool. No disrespect, but I'm not really impressed with that type of stuff. I just really like playing basketball. I try to focus - my entertainment is really what happens on the basketball court. You know what I'm saying? I know all of that stuff is a part of it, but for me I don't really get up for that stuff."
Where basketball may take Durant next season is anyone's guess, but he's had a rumored interest in becoming a Knick next season should he opt out of his two-year deal with Golden State.
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The Knicks reportedly have a "very good shot" at landing Durant, the nine-time All-Star and former MVP, and ESPN's Zach Lowe predicts Durant will play in New York next season as well. Center Enes Kanter, who can also be a free agent next summer, has also said he will try to recruit Durant to the Knicks.
Durant has tried to downplay the rumors, saying he's focused on the 2018-19 season and trying to lead the Warriors to their third straight NBA title in his third season with the team.
Earlier this month, however, Durant's brother fueled the speculation by hinting at the two-time Finals MVP leaving Golden State after this season.
The buzz will surely continue into Friday night when Durant and the Warriors head to the Garden to play the Knicks at 7:30 p.m.