Are you like me? Are you starved for news about the Warriors’ Kevin Durant? It’s been, what, days since we had an update?

I’m here to serve.

We’ll start with some wit and wisdom (or is that “witless wisdom”?) from Charles Barkley.

Appearing on Sports Illustrated podcast Open Floor, Barkley practiced some unlicensed psychoanalysis on the two-time NBA Finals MVP.

(Are you like me? Do you feel like in about five years the whole world will consist of nothing but podcasts and Amazon Prime?)

“Kevin Durant is just a really nice guy trying to be a bad guy,” Barkley said. “You can’t do that. It doesn’t work. He spends all his time trying to prove to people how tough and bad he is. He’s so worried what other people say. Kevin Durant is a great player and a great kid. I was one of those guys who criticized him for going to Golden State, but he doesn’t have to respond every time someone says something about it.”

Right on cue, Durant was caught in an act of blatant do-goodery. Namely, mentoring the 16-year-old son of NBA royalty Dwyane Wade.

According to 247 Sports, Zaire Wade solicited feedback from Durant, whom he had met before. Durant, being the nice guy he is, agreed to review one of Zaire’s game videos. The theme of Durant’s message: be aggressive.

“Shoot it,” Durant tells the 6-foot-2 Wade at one point in the video. “If you see a three, shoot it. You passed up a couple of threes I think you could have shot today.

“I like when you’re the second or third option and you’re getting everybody involved and then boom, you just go off for 15, 16. I think you can get six, seven assists. Five or six rebounds too if you ain’t scoring. It ain’t all about the bucket. Impact the game always … because you want a good team.

“Keep working. If you got something you want to talk about, hit me. I know pop’s good, but just to give you a different look. I’m here for you.”

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