Warriors star Kevin Durant absolutely shredded the media Wednesday night, and the rant is absolutely outstanding. The narrative of him not speaking to the media gained steam when the normally approachable Durant hadn't spoken to the assembled media since the Knicks deal went down and speculation surrounding his future intensified.
"That's the conversation you gonna have", Durant said. Or, if we want to get existential, as KD did, who am I? It got nothing to do with me. They chose to play basketball for the game - not to sit there and entertain theories about the future. Y'all come in here every day, ask me about free agency, ask my teammates, my coaches.
We now take you to a real-time view of the Kevin Durant recruiting room, with the Knicks playing the part of Frank and the Clippers filling the role of Annie. I'm not saying all the content is great, but it's fantastic that the game has grown so much, to have so many eyes on it. "Now that I'm not talking to you all, it's a problem with me". C'mon man, grow up. Yeah, you - grow up. I don't cause no problems. Well, I try to play the right way. However, a recent article written by Ethan Strauss of The Athletic implied that Durant was seeking validation as the best National Basketball Association player, period.
"So I think you just - you give him a pass".
Durant also called out Ethan Strauss of The Athletic for his column that stated that many believed Durant was headed to NY after the season. I think you guys would agree he's been really good with media, with you guys.
The NBA trade deadline closes at 7am Friday morning with the most talked about trade of the season, Anthony Davis' move to the Los Angeles Lakers, looking increasingly less likely. Durant wants people to focus on what's happening on the court right now, where the Warriors look once again like the most dominant force in the league - this press conference came after a near 40-point blowout of the Spurs. In a superstar-driven league like the National Basketball Association, everything that stars do draws scrutiny, as we've seen at this year's trade deadline. "I just ain't feel like it".
So? Who are you? Why do I have to talk to you?
Clearly, Durant is among the athletes who believe their job is to play their sport and nothing else.
"All that other stuff, I wouldn't call it a distraction, but from his standpoint, frustrating", Curry added.
Perhaps Durant's ire stems from the New York Knicks trading Kirstaps Porzingis in a move that was created to clear cap space.
But nothing Durant has done or said indicates that he already has one foot out the door in Oakland. Will it help me do my job better... "I didn't feel like talking".