NBA superstar and former league MVP, Kevin Durant, revisits Austin, Texas where he first rose to stardom, winning a national title as a freshman for the University of Texas Longhorns a decade ago. Durant and Nike designer Leo Chang welcomed a group of select media for the unveiling of the KD9, and talked through how the growth of their friendship over the last nine years has resulted in design innovations tailored to KD’s off-court style and on-court demands.

Durant had this to say about his basketball journey, “Whether it’s going out onto the court and not knowing how the team is going to guard me…or whether it’s stepping into a new city, trying to find new friends; I just always felt my life was about stepping in and figuring it out.”

Figuring it out is exactly what Chang did for the latest iteration of Durant’s signature sneaker. The low-cut shoe features a full Flyknit upper (a first in the KD lineup), and the basketball debut of an evolved, tapered Zoom Air unit. The design is constructed to provide maximum impact protection while amplifying the bounce of the air bag.

Check the video above for all of Kevin and Leo’s insights on the KD9 and a brief history of their partnership over the last decade. Afterwards, listen to KD reminisce about his favorite vintage video games and hear Leo Chang talk about his most challenging designs.

Words by Taj Reed
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