Kevin Durant Tries To Emulate Jesus Christ When Responding to Fans

Aside from being one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, Kevin Durant is also known for his proclivity to engage in back and forth with fans. It turns out his eagerness to converse with everyday Joe's stems from his veneration for Jesus Christ, according to an article by The New York Times' Sam Anderson.

The two-time Finals MVP explained his ability to decipher people's true intentions. He understands that people get emotional when speaking to someone they feel has more cache than them, but believes he can assuage their fraught outlook by reminding them that all people are equal. Specifically, he lauds Jesus Christ for his courage to espouse the truth to those who deny him.
People are natutally emotional when they talk to somebody they feel is on a higher pedastel than them. Durant explained to Anderson. I’m trying to say: We equals at the end of the day. Once I bring ’em up to that, then they realize what they was doing was childish.

Jesus used to do that, the former MVP continued. He used to go to the worst places, and go find the people who hated him, absolutely hated him. Who denied him, never even thought about saying his name. He went to go holla at them and give them the truth. And once they heard the truth they souls changed, and they couldn’t deny it. So I try to take that approach.

While many people perceive Durant's exchanges with fans to be petulant, he believes he is making a difference in their lives. He humbles himself and keeps the same energy with whomever he speaks to — and that, in and of itself, should be valorized.  

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