Kevin Durant believes in close friend, Heat guard Dion Waiters: ‘I own some property on Waiters Island’

Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder high-fives Dion Waiters #3 in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Count Golden State All-Star forward Kevin Durant among those who own property on Waiters Island.

When asked about Dion Waiters following shootaround Sunday, Durant made it clear how much he believes in the Heat guard. Waiters and Durant became close friends after spending time as teammates in Oklahoma City during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

“[Waiters is] playing great basketball,” Durant said to reporters in advance of Sunday’s game between the Heat and Warriors. “I’m so proud of him. I know it’s going to be a fun matchup between him and I. I don’t want to call him my little brother, but he’s my brother at a younger age. I learned a lot from him and he learned a lot from me. It’s just a great, great relationship that we have. It’s going to be a fun, fun matchup.”

Durant, 29, referred to his friend as “Ball Hard D-Waiters,” which is a lyric rapper Meek Mill used in the song “So Sophisticated.” Reporters confused Durant’s nickname for “Ball Hog D-Waiters,” but he quickly corrected them.

“Ball Hard D-Waiters,” Durant said with a laugh. “Not ball hog. Even though he does shoot a lot, but Ball Hard D-Waiters.”

Waiters, 25, missed the Heat’s first matchup against the Warriors on Nov. 6 due to the birth of his daughter. He entered Sunday averaging 15.6 points on 40 percent shooting this season.

“I’m always down for anything involving Dion Waiters,” Durant said. “It’s always a cool outcome. I think a lot of people rally around him as a player and rally around his movement. I’m excited for him.”

When Waiters signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Heat in July, Durant had mixed feelings.

“Selfishly, I wanted him to get more,” Durant said. “I was a little upset when he signed his deal because I wanted him to get more. I wanted people to realize what he brings and the type of person and player he is. But you never can complain with that money that he got and the opportunity that he has down here. I’m just excited that he found a home.”

Durant has his own home on Waiters Island.

“I got a mansion,” Durant said. “I own some property on Waiters Island. It’s just me and him that live there. He knows what it is. We both know.”

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