May 25, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) answers questions during a press confence after a loss in game five against the Dallas Mavericks for the Western Conference Finals of the 2011 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Mavs beat the Thunder 100-96. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

LeBron James, Kevin Durant field NBA Finals questions from media

LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the rest of the players and coaches took time Monday afternoon to answer questions from the media at a press conference.

Kevin Durant

When asked about how he remembers NBA Finals growing up: “I remember a team versus a team.”

“I learned that when I was a kid: Don’t let age be the reason you don’t succeed.”

When asked about the Heat and Thunder as an NBA Finals matchup: “That’s the sexier matchup I guess. But I don’t read newspapers, I don’t get on Twitter anymore.”

About working out with LeBron before the season: “Just two guys who wanted to get better, and that’s what we did.”

On LeBron: “He can score at will. He’s strong. He can shoot it. But it’s got to be a team effort.”

LeBron James

“I don’t really care. I don’t get involved in the best player in the game. It doesn’t matter to me. When I go on the basketball court each and every night, I want to be the best player on the court. I don’t care what people say. At some point, it has to happen. I won’t be the best player and KD is. Then KD won’t be the best player and someone else is.”

On the Heat not being favored: “It’s not weird, it’s not welcome. It’s a seven-game series. We’re the two best teams in the league right now. It doesn’t matter who’s favored, who’s not favored. You just go out and play.”

On his relationship with KD: “Our relationship has been growing since he was in high school. From Day 1, I always kind of laid my hand out to guide him, to mentor him if he needed it.”

Russell Westbrook

On the LeBron KD matchup: “I think it will be a great match-up. But after talking to Kevin, Kevin’s locked into what… he needs to do to help the team win.”

Dwyane Wade

On Westbrook: “There’s no one else like him in the NBA. I think he’s the most athletic guy in the NBA.” “I think it’s going to be a great match-up… I look forward to seeing what my teammate has going against one of the best players. I’m glad he has that challenge. It’s going to make him focus more… I think it’s going to bring out the best in both of them. I think it’s going to be great for the game.”

Scott Brooks

On the KD-LeBron matchup: “There’s always games within the games. It’s not going to come down to one guy guarding one guy. It’s a matchup that definitely will be enjoyable to see.”

Erik Spoelstra

On OKC vs. Dallas: “Totally different, just in terms of force and will and explosiveness. Dallas really did it with a veteran poise and experience. This [Thunder] team is very similar to us, in terms of how forceful they can play on both ends of the court.”

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