Durant: Winning 1st MVP would 'mean a lot'

NEW ORLEANS -- Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant finally diverted Friday from his longstanding campaign to downplay any conversation about personal achievements by conceding in an interview with ESPN Radio that winning his first MVP award would "mean a lot."

In a sitdown for ESPN Radio's "Meet The All-Stars" show which airs Saturday night at 6 p.m. ET, Durant took the rare step of allowing himself to imagine how it would feel to hold off heavy MVP favorite LeBron James over the last 30-plus games of the regular season and break through to win the game's most coveted individual honor for the first time.

"It would mean a lot," Durant said Friday. "I mean, you can't never -- MVP in this league -- you can't ever downgrade that. Whoever you are, no matter how many you've won, you can't downgrade MVP.

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