Kevin Durant

Durant on James's level

James is a three-time NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP, while the 32-year-old has been named MVP on four occasions – not to mention his 13 All-Star appearances.

The former Miami Heat forward is regarded as arguably the greatest basketballer of all time,

Durant is still some way off matching James' long list of achievements with just one championship, Finals MVP and NBA MVP to his name, but the Warriors forward feels he is worthy of being mentioned in the same breath.

Curry, Durant stick up for Lonzo Ball

Ball has averaged 8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists so far this season, shooting 31 per cent from the field and 24.5 per cent from three-point range.

Curry did not really struggle his rookie season, at least not for long. Selected number seven overall in the 2009 draft, he averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game, while shooting 44 per cent from three-point range.

Ball has been criticised and questioned for some of his performances, but Curry said the 20-year-old just needed time.

Durant: Curry played like a big dog

Curry put up just 14 points in a disappointing game four of the Finals at Quicken Loans Arena – he only scored fewer points in eight games across the regular season and playoffs – but claimed a 34-point double-double as the Warriors clinched a 4-1 series win on Monday.

His response earned high praise from team-mate Durant, who has been impressed by how much he much he is willing to sacrifice for the team.

Durant stars as Warriors dominate Cavs in NBA Finals opener

Meeting in the Finals for a third consecutive year, Kevin Durant starred with 38 points as the Warriors triumphed 113-91 in Oakland on Thursday.

Durant proved his worth following his blockbuster arrival from the Oklahoma City Thunder, adding eight rebounds and eight assists while leading all players in scoring. 

Warriors team-mate Steph Curry contributed 28 points and 10 assists in a double-double display on home court.

Durant: Olympics were 'therapy' after free agency decision

Kevin Durant said playing for the United States in the Olympics was like "therapy" after signing with the Golden State Warriors last month. 

In a normal year, Durant would have nothing but months to be questioned about his decision with no basketball until camps open in late September.

Durant leads USA into semi-finals

The United States men's basketball team finally turned in the dominant performance everyone had been waiting for to comfortably defeat Argentina and reach the semi-finals at Rio 2016.

Mike Krzyzewski's USA team eased to a 105-78 victory on Wednesday, setting up a semi-final meeting with Spain.