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Kevin Durant criticises the New York Knicks for having "bad leadership"

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After winning his first championship with the Golden State Warriors last season, Kevin Durant has been an outspoken figure this summer.

The Dubs superstar was widely criticised for his move to the Bay Area but he justified the decision by winning the Finals MVP and claiming the Larry O'Brien trophy for the franchise.

As you'd expect, KD has been enjoying his summer and has even been spending time shutting down trolls on his social media account on numerous occasions.

The eight-time All-Star has also been more accessible for interviews and has featured on the Bill Simmons Podcast several times this offseason.

In his most recent appearance, Durant discussed a variety of basketball-related topics and had some interesting words to say regarding the New York Knicks.

The Knicks endured a season of turmoil last year both on and off the floor and throughout the organisation.

Between owner James Dolan, former president Phil Jackson and star player Carmelo Anthony, they managed to create a series of dramas that painted the entire franchise in a bad light.

Dolan decided to fire Jackson in June and is attempting to trade Anthony in an effort to bring some normality to Madison Square Garden.

The team's problems from the last campaign continued into the summer and Durant gave his views on what he thinks is going wrong in New York.

“Everything starts at the top, you have bad leadership, and it’s just going to trickle down to everybody else,” Durant said.

“When a GM wants to make a decision, he has to talk to the owner and he’s nowhere to be found and he don’t care then you kind of stuck and that causes tension.”

Dolan believes a Knicks team without Jackson and Carmelo will allow them to start rebuilding and head in a new direction.

The Zen Master's willingness to trade the team's young star Kristaps Porzingis was his final straw and the Knicks are still hoping to strike a deal with the Houston Rockets to trade Melo.

Despite the issues in the Big Apple, Durant has acknowledged one thing that New York has going for them.

“Madison Square [Garden] that s*** is so live in there and you just know it’s the Mecca,” he said. “I don’t think they should ever change that.”

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