“Nothing’s ever a wasted year for me. It’s basketball,” Durant said. But I'm never going to say I wasted a year. It started when he was asked if this season was a wasted year of his life. I’ve grown so much as a leader. Nothing is ever wasted. I'm blessed to even wake up and do something I love every day. So it's never wasted." "I don't give a damn," Durant said firmly. But after Kevin Durant provided a level-headed and mature response, filled with perspective and void of hyperbole, his answer seemed to almost sell short his competitive spirit.