Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is a true superstar in talent and name recognition. Despite playing in one of the smallest markets in the NBA, Durant is one of most well known athletes in America. The four-time All-NBA First Team performer is widely recognized as one of the top five NBA players today and has accomplished a lot in his relatively brief career including leading the Thunder to a Western Conference Championship, starring in his own movie, and winning multiple scoring titles.
On a personal note, Kevin Durant got engaged with Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright of the WNBA earlier this summer and made a few statements that got the attention of a few people in the sports media this past week. However, Durant's "feud" with Dwyane Wade pales in comparison to Durant's interview with Dan Le Batard on ESPN's Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable TV show in which Durant admits to having self-esteem issues as a kid. Considering many professional athletes are reluctant to show any signs of weakness to the public, it is commendable that Durant had the relative courage to admit having body image issues about being tall and skinny as a child.
Body image is often seen as a problem usually associated with women but Durant opens the door of discussion that boys and males of all types can experience self-esteem issues related to their frames. Also, body image is often associated with being overweight and young women having issues with their weight relative to what American society projects as "beautiful" or "desirable". In the interview, Durant seems comfortable opening up that side of his childhood and admits that he is comfortable with his current frame now that remains "skinny" compared to many in his profession. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar may not even be aware of how much impact his words had in a positive way since there are many kids and young boys facing similar issues growing up about their body image. By opening up about his issues, Kevin Durant humanizes himself and uses his platform to tell young people that even great athletes can struggle with internal issues at their age.