Kevin Durant needs to be careful. They always say don't bite the hand that feeds you, and Kevin Durant is certainly doing that right now.
Everybody is allowed to air their feelings once in a while. That's what free-speech is about. Even the most loved people in the world won't always say things that you agree with.
Durant has been getting edgier and edgier in recent weeks and that all came to a head around All-Star weekend. He lambasted the media who voted on the MVP award for not knowing enough about basketball to vote on it, while he then answered a question about his under fire OKC boss Scott Brooks with a firm "You guys really don't know (expletive)" in his final interview session before the All-Star Game.
These comments are further proof that Durant is letting the pressure of an underwhelming season get to him a little too much. Furthermore, it's safe to say that Durant went a little bit crazy.
"To be honest, man, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to,” Durant said. “So I really don’t care. Y’all not my friends. You’re going to write what you want to write. You’re going to love us one day and hate us the next. That’s a part of it. So I just learn how to deal with y’all," NBC Sports reported.
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Yet another tirade
Durant has now expressed regret for those comments around All-Star weekend, but not in the way that you would have expected.
Rather than apologizing for the brutal comments, Durant instead chose to go on a bizarre rant which included his assertion that he was having a moment. Truth is it was two very big moments.
“I had a moment,” Durant said. “Everybody in life has moments. You had one for sure before, but it’s not broadcasted like mine. I was more so trying to take up for my teammates, my coach and other guys in the league that gets scrutinized and I don’t like.
"Maybe I should shut up about it. I had one moment. What made me more mad than anything I was told I bite the hand that feeds me.
"But I don’t remember none of you guys being there when I was 8 years old and putting in that work, the nights when I’m in here putting in that work in. So I don’t really understand what that one means."
To answer your question KD, the media has built you up into the star you are. You haven't just got to your status as the best in the game because of your skills. You've got their because of your brand as well and because the media voted for you in last year's NBA MVP award.
It doesn't matter that they weren't there when you were a child and a teen battling away.
The majority of the money you earn for your play on the basketball court is down to your ability, but the rave reviews you get are helped by your demeanour off the court. And so is your pay packet when it comes to all those endorsement deals you've been signing.
At the end of the day, OKC have disappointed this season so far, and it would be a surprise if Scott Brooks wasn't under a little bit of pressure. The testament of great players is not how well they cope with the good times, it's how quickly they recover from the bad times.
You've got work to do KD!