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Kevin Durant Energizes Greater China's Basketball Passion

Kevin Durant's "all ball" mentality is a natural analogy for Greater China's passion for basketball.  His weeklong tour of the region with Nike Basketball gave Durant a chance to personally and authentically connect with young athletes and hoops fans.

View highlights of Durant's five-day journey across Greater China.

Day 5, Taipei, July 15

The final day in Asia began with an intense, private workout as Durant prepares for Rio.
Rise Academy officially kicked off at Zhongzeng Recreation Center as Durant provided expertise to the next generation of Taiwanese players.
Durant takes the mic and reminds the players that nothing can defeat hard work.
The high skill level made an impression on #35 as he gathered the team.
Select Nike+ members had a chance to meet with Durant as the drills concluded.
Taiwan's passionate basketball fans flock to National Taiwan University Stadium for a last chance to see Durant.
Durant glances up to the crowd before welcoming them to the final event of the day.
Fans welcome the men's and women's Super Basketball League players who join Durant.
The action is intense, but fun, on this Friday night.
A final goodbye to the great fans of Taipei as Durant concludes his tour of Greater China.
Bo-An Shih, 20, and his KD shoe collection pose for an impromptu photo as the 1,000 fans exit the stadium.

Day 4, Hong Kong and Taipei, July 14

Durant attends a special event showcasing Hong Kong's creativity.
Durant recognizes Raymond Ngan after the two first met in 2012. Ngan presented Durant with a KD9 abstract interpretation designed by Annabelle Ho, current student at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University Institute of Textiles and Clothing, using inspiration from Durant's birth year of the dragon.
Empty canvases await event guests.
Local sneakerhead Alex Chan shares the backstory to Aiden Kwong's (right) abstract KD9 art, which uses balloons to represent dreams and hopes without boundaries.
Charlie Bell, Durant's longtime friend and manager, brings his creativity to a small KD9 replica.
Custom cookies, designed for the next tour stop in Taipei, await Durant and friends at the hotel.
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An avid biker, Durant explores the city of Taipei shortly after arriving in Taiwan.
Sun sets on Hong Kong and the event space that will remain open to locals interested in exploring the KD photography and art over the next week.
Taipei's KD fans are excited to welcome #35 to town.
The bike trip ends as Taipei 101, one of the world's highest skyscrapers, shadows Durant.
Night falls on the busy Xinyi District, home to Durant for the remaining days of his Greater China tour.

Day 3, Hong Kong, July 13

No rest for the weary as Durant begins his third full day in Asia with a morning workout.
Focused on continually improving his game, Durant does a mix of drills as he prepares to lead Team USA in Rio.
The workout concludes at Hong Kong's Southorn Stadium.

Day 2, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, July 12

Fans anticipate Durant's arrival to a special store appearance at Nike GZBE with the "hook 'em horns" gesture as a nod to KD's college roots.
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The last day in Guangzhou for Durant fuels a massive crowd.
Local KD fan club members surprise their hero with a special pair of KD9 NIKEiD shoes using Chinese ink as the inspiration.
Fans pose with #35 for a selfie.
A newly refurbished community court in Guangzhou's old town will be a lasting mark that KD and Nike provide the community.
Local kids from a youth version of the Rise Academy greet Durant upon arriving to the court unveiling event midday.
In Lion Dance tradition, Durant is invited to paint the lion's eyeballs, symbolically awakening the dance to commence.
Durant's competitive juice can't allow him to sit on the sidelines and watch.
The new chapter in Durant's journey is discussed in an exclusive taping for CCTV5 NBA Prime Time, the most watched NBA program in China.
Upon arriving in Hong Kong, Durant participates in drills with local Rise Academy athletes.
Approximately 2,000 fans pack Hong Kong's iconic Southorn Stadium to see Durant inspire the next generation.
A kid at heart, Durant connects with four of the 24 Rise Academy athletes.
Durant caps off his second day in Asia with an emphatic dunk.

Day 1, Guangzhou, July 11

"It starts from the shoes up," said Durant as he met with the press in Guangzhou just after landing in mainland China for the first time in three years.
Gao Yang, 21, was selected from more than 20,000 applicants to compete with Durant in the NBA2K video game. Durant enthusiastically goes undefeated winning two games.
With thousands of local fans in attendance, athletes from the Nike Rise Academy welcomed KD to Guangzhou's iconic Tianhe basketball park.
Fans soar for a basketball tossed by Durant.
Getting back to the court and seeing the progression of basketball in the city impressed the observant superstar.
Visitors overcame the weather to see Durant officially kickoff the six-city Nike Rise Academy.
"Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard," is a motto Durant lives by and something he encouraged the players to consider as they rise.
Fans salute the former MVP as his first day in mainland China comes to a close.