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Thirty Five Ventures – the company co-founded by two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman that incorporates the duo’s business entities across sports, tech, media, philanthropy – and Cadence13 – a leading premium podcast company and part of Entercom’s podcast network – debuted The Etc’s with Kevin Durant.
In the premiere episode, Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving joined Kevin Durant to open up on his upbringing, his deep and meaningful relationships with Kobe and Kevin, his life mentors, his role off the court and much more. give listeners a deep dive into Kyrie & Kevin’s relationship, what it means to be more than a basketball player, his relationship with Kobe and much more. This is part 1 of the conversation, with part 2 posting on Thursday, 10/1, later this week.
During the long conversation Kyrie and Kevin discussed:
- Kyrie’s upbringing
- His deep and meaningful relationships with Kobe and Kevin
- His life mentors
- His normal day-to-day routine
- Being ‘more than’ a basketball player
Available now, you can listen to the premiere of The Etc’s with Kevin Durant on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RADIO.com and everywhere podcasts are available. Follow @Boardroom on all platforms.
Below are pull quotes from the episode:
Kyrie on his day-to-day life and public perception:
Honestly, I tell you, I grew up in this business very differently than everyone else. Where my foundation is, I’m home most of the time. I’m either reading books, watching documentaries, chilling at home, conversing with some family. My life has shifted. I’ve been out and visible at a certain time as a young man. I’ve been in front of the cameras. You could go back and watch a lot of the past history of videos, whether it be some of the brand partnerships I’ve had or even some of the mistakes I’ve made in my life publicly or the media following every single word and hanging on every single word. It becomes the narrative or the picture of me. It’s like, I never want to go out and fight against a system such as that in this business that I know doesn’t serve me internally. When I express myself creatively, artistically that’s basketball. I’m in a meditative state when I’m out there playing. I feel like there isn’t much that could get to me when I’m in that mode, whether it’s I’m playing well or I’m playing bad, it’s such a sacred place for me. And when I come out into the world as Ky or as just a human being, I don’t want to be that person that puts on that cape on the court. I’m me in terms of how I live my life and whether I choose to invite people into it, that’s up to me. But I also felt like inviting a lot of people in your life comes at a certain price. That price for me, it gets a little too hectic because you’re almost trying to defend an identity that doesn’t belong to you. Kyrie Irving, the identity itself as a Hooper, as an activist or as whatever I’m daily doing or on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter.
On Kyrie’s first interaction with Kobe:
I walk over there and my heart’s pounding. I don’t know why. And I’m like, I’m about to go talk with Kobe. I’m like, honestly, I’d beat you one-on-one bro. And I practiced the line in my head, like when I get it. Kobe, I could beat you one-on-one I practiced in the mirror before I got there. And then I go up to Kobe.
That’s hilarious to me, you and your Supreme confidence, but Kobe is like, all right, hold on. Let me get it together.
I’m like, I’m going to go straight up like Kobe, man. Like I could beat you one-on-one that honestly we should get this one on one game. Honestly I think you can’t guard me. I kind of when off split, after that I did everything and then Doug Mcdermott was right there and they just captured the whole thing, the exchange. And I realize Kobe also had an aura about him at this time that if you were around him, he gravitated towards the real ones, you know? And he would have a conversation with the real people. And he would address you in a respectful manner, as long as you gave him that same respect and you showed no fear. You know what I mean? Almost like to the point where he knows he’s Kobe Bryant, I know he’s Kobe Bryant, but, this is competition.
History of Kevin and Kyrie’s relationship
I felt the relationship grew just off of straight up respect before we even started having conversations. It was just a respect for who he is as a man and that mutual respectful for how we came up as men and our journeys to this point. And then once we started to kick in and talk about what we’d like to do outside of the game and who our family started to meet, and it just became easy, you know? And obviously the common ground is how we hoop and how we love the game of basketball, but it just branched off from there.
And we started to every day on FaceTime. What do you think about this shot? What’d you think about this move that I did in this game? How about you know, when Brad take you out, it was six minutes to go on the first quarter, you know what you’re going to do, how you approach the game coming back. Like we would have these types of conversations all day, every day. And it grew from there. It just grew from there, it was organic, you know what I’m saying? And it wasn’t something that you can kind of pinpoint and say like, this was the moment. It just, it just happened.
Yeah. And from that point, I feel like we pushed each other. We took the power back and put it in our hands as well, took our power back. I enjoy the journey up until this point. But at the same time, doing it with a family member, not just a friend somebody that you just kick it with and you’re like let’s go hoop today and you see them only at the arena. And it’s like we have our way of living life but like I said, the synergy is connected to who we are as people first. And then the respect of what we do on the court as artists comes out in the way we play. And when we look at it as like, man, we’re playing pickup and I’m like, man, I’m glad I got that guy on my team right there. We’re going at each other though. We’re going at each other. We’re playing one-on-one. And I think I’ve always wanted that.
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