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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

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

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Durant attends a special event showcasing Hong Kong's creativity.
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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.
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Empty canvases await event guests.
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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.
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Charlie Bell, Durant's longtime friend and manager, brings his creativity to a small KD9 replica.
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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.
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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.
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Taipei's KD fans are excited to welcome #35 to town.
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The bike trip ends as Taipei 101, one of the world's highest skyscrapers, shadows Durant.
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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

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

Day 2, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, July 12

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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.
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Local KD fan club members surprise their hero with a special pair of KD9 NIKEiD shoes using Chinese ink as the inspiration.
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Fans pose with #35 for a selfie.
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A newly refurbished community court in Guangzhou's old town will be a lasting mark that KD and Nike provide the community.
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Local kids from a youth version of the Rise Academy greet Durant upon arriving to the court unveiling event midday.
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In Lion Dance tradition, Durant is invited to paint the lion's eyeballs, symbolically awakening the dance to commence.
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Durant's competitive juice can't allow him to sit on the sidelines and watch.
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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.
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Upon arriving in Hong Kong, Durant participates in drills with local Rise Academy athletes.
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Approximately 2,000 fans pack Hong Kong's iconic Southorn Stadium to see Durant inspire the next generation.
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A kid at heart, Durant connects with four of the 24 Rise Academy athletes.
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Durant caps off his second day in Asia with an emphatic dunk.

Day 1, Guangzhou, July 11

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"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.
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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.
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With thousands of local fans in attendance, athletes from the Nike Rise Academy welcomed KD to Guangzhou's iconic Tianhe basketball park.
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Fans soar for a basketball tossed by Durant.
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Getting back to the court and seeing the progression of basketball in the city impressed the observant superstar.
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Visitors overcame the weather to see Durant officially kickoff the six-city Nike Rise Academy.
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"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.
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Fans salute the former MVP as his first day in mainland China comes to a close.