A couple of days ago, Kobe Bryant announced that this would be his last season in the NBA after two decades in the League.
As you can imagine, the hours and days that followed have been filled with tribute after tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers legend, with everyone from Shaquille O'Neal to David Beckham paying their respects to the Black Mamba.
When Kevin Durant was asked his thoughts about Kobe's retirement he was quick to reiterate how much he idolized Bryant, before ripping into for their treatment of the shooting guard this season.
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Kobe has struggled upon his return to the Lakers starting lineup after two seasons that were pretty much all wiped out with injury and the majority of the media have treated him like a joke. Durant is less than impressed with that.
"I've been disappointed this year because you guys [the media] treated him like s**t," Durant said before an OKC Thunder practice, via ESPN.
"He's a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting and it's time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like s**t, and I didn't really like it."
Lack of Respect
Kobe is shooting just 30% from the floor and only 20% on 3-pointers for a Lakers team that have managed to win just two games all season.
Responding to social media backlash to his comments, particularly the part about media coverage, Durant said his point was noting the negativity around Bryant, rather than appreciating the accomplishments of a legend on his way out.
There definitely seems to be a lack of respect for Kobe in his final season. Granted, he isn't playing well, but no one is on the Lakers roster and he is being asked to run the offense as a 37-year-old coming off two major injuries. No wonder Bryant's struggling.