“I’m Actually High Right Now” | Kevin Durant Tells David Letterman How He “Clears The Distractions”

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Kevin Durant is going the way of Mike Tyson and waving his cannabis user flag proudly. The Brooklyn Nets star proclaimed his usage during the promo for an upcoming episode of David Letterman’s Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

In a preview of the episode, KD adds his perspective on the benefits of the plant, enlightening him on why consumption helps him.

“To me it clears the distractions out your brain a little bit,” said Durant. “Settles you down. It’s like having a glass of wine.”

Did You Smoke Today?

Then Durant went a little further after being asked by Letterman, “So did you smoke today? And you’re just fine?”

“Yeah, I’m actually high right now,” Durant answered.

Durant is coming off a disappointing first-round playoff sweep by the Boston Celtics. The culmination of a regular season saw him working overtime with Kyrie Irving, initially unable to play home games due to his COVID-19 personal anti-vaccine stance and the trade of James Harden for Ben Simmons.

In the preseason survey of the NBA general managers, the top picked team to win the championship was the Brooklyn Nets, chosen by 71 percent, according to “Inside The NBA” on TNT.

“Durant vs. Kyrie”

The media wanted him to blame Kyrie Irving, adding to the distractions around him.

“I would love for [Irving] to play more. Life is way more important to me than that,” Durant said during a postgame press conference after being swept by the Celtics. “I can’t be pissed off. I can’t end the friendship based on something like that. Our friendship is based off who we are as human beings. The basketball adds to it. If we don’t get along on the basketball court, we can easily talk it out as friends.”

His playoff runs stretch back to 2010, when he and Russell Westbrook ran the Oklahoma City Thunder into the postseason. After nine seasons with that franchise, Durant would head to the Bay Area to join up with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to win his first championship in 2017 in his first season with the Dubs.

In The KD Bubble

Durant is one of the biggest stars in basketball, playing in a top-10 market. He also is a very vocal social media user that will constantly defend himself amid the noise from fans and even passionate celebrities.

Living in the media bubble of strong opinions and emotions mixed with fan and teammate expectations, Durant has maintained his position as a top-tier athlete and businessman.

Durant and his partner, Rich Kleiman of Thirty Five Ventures, have been growing their very diverse business portfolio, all under the spotlight that follows Durant.

KD Businessman

The two recently announced that they had become minority investors in the New York-area soccer club Gotham FC. The announcement follows 35V’s previous partnerships in women’s sports, including investment in Just Women’s Sports media network and a strategic partnership with pro sports league Athletes Unlimited. Durant and Kleiman serve as board members for the sports league.

Additionally, Durant has The Boardroom, a multi-channel sports business network distributed in partnership with ESPN and multiple media content properties.

There will always be distractions around Kevin Durant, but they obviously haven’t stopped his business flow too much, maybe just in team sports. He is being more honest with how his therapeutic process works, giving the world a peek behind the superstar veil.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.