For NBA players, game day isn't just about what happens during the 48 minutes of action. It's a process that very few fans ever get to witness.
Thanks to the Boardroom's Eddie Gonzalez, however, we have a little sneak peek into that world.
On Instagram Saturday evening, he posted a video detailing his experience attending a game with Kevin Durant and it, unsurprisingly, sparked interest from thousands of fans.
From driving the busy city streets to the stadium to the important pre-game practice routine, there are a lot of behind-the-scenes details we often take for granted as spectators.
In the comments, many fans were grateful for the added perspective.
It has been an interesting season for Durant. Since the opener, his team has been burdened with heightened expectations -- expectations they have yet to meet. Still, despite all the disappointment, he remains committed to the franchise and to the city that hasn't seen an NBA title in decades.
“To be honest, I signed here for five years to play," Durant said. "You know what I’m saying? Looking at, obviously this year’s important, but no matter what happens this year, I still want to do it again. And again. I want to continue to play, have this group together as long as we can. So short term, we can focus on [this year’s chances] for sure, but we’re also looking at the big picture of things, too. Seeing how we can build something sustainable for more than just a year or two or three. I know I’m getting old, but I feel like I’m mentally and physically in a solid space to contribute to an organization that’s ready to grow and reach new heights."
As the Kyrie Irving controversy raged on, James Harden's future with the organization was cast in doubt until he was eventually traded for Ben Simmons mid-way through the season.
All the while, Kevin Durant was charged with leading a broken and incomplete roster to a respectable standing in the East.
With 73 games in the books now, it's fair to say the star swingman has done a pretty good job. He's averaging 29.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6 assists per game on 52% shooting.
As bad as things have been, Brooklyn still has a real shot to win it all.