Kevin Durant & Bol Bol Nov 28, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Orlando Magic center Bol Bol (10) dunks against Brooklyn Nets forward Royce O’Neale (00) and forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is inarguably one of the best players in the NBA, but he’s not above shouting out some of the young talents that he’s going up against. He did just that following Monday’s win over the Orlando Magic.

Durant was matched up against Bol Bol, son of NBA legend Manute Bol. The 7’2″ center showcased a pretty impressive skillset against Brooklyn while scoring 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and one steal.

Afterward, Durant, who scored 41 in a pretty impressive performance himself, was asked what he thought of the young Orlando center.

“He’s unique,” Durant said. “He’s tough to deal with. You’ve seen his confidence growing by the game. He can do pretty much everything on the basketball court. So, he just needs more reps. Last few years, he’s been in and out of the lineup — hurt, G-League stints. But I love what the Magic are doing with him, putting him at the point sometimes, playing him at the five, just moving him around because he’s such a versatile player.

“It’s great for the league. I think we’ll start to see him continue to be more of an impact player as times goes on. He’s playing well this year.”

Durant’s honest opinion is usually reserved for random people on Twitter, so you know that he means it when he shares such high praise for a young player who will be going up against him for many years to come.

[Dan Savage, Audacy]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to