Kevin Durant Retiring at 35? ‘Maybe It Was Too Much Champagne That Night'

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After winning his second straight Finals MVP, Kevin Durant made quite the surprising comment. Durant, a basketball junkie, is apparently already thinking of when he will retire.

"This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it," Durant said Friday to ESPN. "No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don't. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that's just a number in my mind."

So much for that. Only three days later, Durant changed course and explained his comment Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

"You know, I was just thinkin' crazy stuff," Durant said. "I don't know why I said it -- maybe it was too much champagne that night. I don't know, I probably shouldn't have said that." 

Durant, who turns 30 in September, will be a free agent this offseason. He can sign up to a four-year deal to remain with the Warriors and has indicated multiple times he will be back with Golden State. 

In 11 seasons, Durant has accomplished everything an NBA player dreams of and more. The star forward is a nine-time All-Star, two-time champion, has won two Finals MVPs and won the 2013-14 MVP. 

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