NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and 3,459 children from India came together to set a Guinness World Record.
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Kevin Durant apologized Friday for comments he made about India when asked in a recent interview what the country was like.
The Warriors forward, who spent time in the country last month to help grow basketball around the world, tweeted that his comments were “taken out of context” and that he “should’ve worded it better.”
“Sorry that my comments about India were taken out of context,” Durant wrote. “I’m grateful for the time I’ve got to spend there and I’m really pissed about how my comments came off, that’s my fault, should’ve worded that better. I spoke about the difference between my imagination and reality there in Delhi and about where the game is compared to the rest of the world. No offense from this side, I’m coming back out there for more camps and cool (expletive). Sorry…”
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In the interview in The Athletic, Durant said:
“Um, it was a unique experience. I went with no expectation, no view on what it’s supposed to be like. I usually go to places where I at least have a view in my head. India, I’m thinking I’m going to be around palaces and royalty and gold — basically thought I was going to Dubai.
“Then when I landed there, I saw the culture and how they live and it was rough. It’s a country that’s 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations. Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball. That (expletive) was really, really dope to me.”
When asked in the interview if something was particularly eye-opening, Durant said he expected the roads leading to the Taj Mahal to be “holy ground, super protected, very, very clean,” but it instead reminded him of some areas near where he grew up.
“Mud in the middle of the street, houses were not finished but there were people living in them,” Durant said. “No doors. No windows. The cows in the street, stray dogs and then, boom, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.”