Kevin Durant And The Ugly Side Of A League Obsessed With Transactions


Kevin Durant broke his silence by lashing out at the media on Wednesday night. As I talk about with our team every year, it's part of the gig. The truth about sports in general, and the National Basketball Association in particular, is part of the fascination fans have with the game is about player movement and especially elite players being on the move and shifting the balance of power in the league. I play the right way, or I try to play the right way.

"Now when I don't want to talk to y'all, it's a problem with me. Come on man. Grow up".

Durant's postgame news conference lasted just over 3½ minutes before the abrupt ending. It's best for Durant to recognize he is in the most ideal situation for a player of his skillset.

Durant, who previously ripped media reports stating he wouldn't want to play with LeBron James, could be subject to penalty if he continues avoiding the press until next Saturday, when the National Basketball Association holds All-Star Media Day in Charlotte. Perhaps the fallout from this tantrum will be overshadowed by Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline, but Durant certainly didn't do much to nip this in the bud by acting the way he did. Initially, Durant asked reporters why they cared that he hadn't spoken but then acknowledged that he just didn't want to talk recently. "I just ain't feel like it".

He specifically targeted The Athletic's Ethan Strauss, who had written that Durant "demonstrated an impressive burst of speed" Tuesday when he fled the Warriors' practice court and a group of reporters as public relations officials "beseeched him to turn back".

Kevin Durant will be a free agent this offseason but has stated openly his focus is on bringing a third consecutive title to Golden State. "And that's what he should do". So what he can't control is B.S. that happens in the media or people making a decision for him or all this other stuff. That's what he can control, and I think he's doing a great job of that. "Again, the way that he plays basketball and the way he is a teammate, that's all we're anxious about, and I think he's doing a great job of that". The media will be the media, and Durant must understand that's less likely to change. Durant said at one point. Tell me. Is that going to help me do my job better?