Kevin Durant Taking Steps To Position Himself For NBA Ownership After Retirement
KEVIN DURANT's desire to own an NBA team has "intensified" over the past year and a half as he and agent RICH KLEIMAN have "taken numerous meetings with existing owners and tech CEOs to learn the lay of the land," according to sources cited by Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. Durant and Kleiman have "made a concerted effort of strategically positioning themselves in front of some of the most influential and innovative business figures in the Bay Area." One source said, "This is a genuine goal of his after he retires, to add another African-American in the position of majority ownership." Haynes noted LEBRON JAMES has also "stated numerous times that he desires to own an NBA franchise at the conclusion of his career" (ESPN.com, 1/15). Durant yesterday said, “Everybody in the world wants to own something. They want to have power over something and be able to lead people somewhere. ... Players with the experience on that court will only help us when it comes to that type of stuff. That’s why you see more players in the front offices and on the bench.” He added, “They programmed players in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s just to play and to compete against each other and fight against each other. We know how to compete and play the game. Now we’re getting smart on the other side. I think that’s scary for a lot of people and they don’t want to see that happen. So I’m glad guys are starting to take control of their lives” (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 1/16).