I don’t know which way to lean here. On one hand, I think KD is a big baby. He’s easily one of the best basketball players I have seen with his amazing combination of height and shooting range, but alas, a big baby.
The other side is that I genuinely feel like KD gets so much unfair shit thrown his way from the media. In this age of social media, we want every question answered about every little detail every second we can possible consume it, just to go on to the next topic a second later.
Today, Kevin Durant came out with an interview with Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes basically dissecting his move to the Nets. Durant had a lot of positive things to say during this interview which is good for the dude since he won’t see any of the court in 2019-2020. One thing that stuck with me louder than most though has to be his comments about his injury he suffered in the NBA Finals.
PER Yahoo Sports – “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s— because I’m going to be back playing.”
I get the whole “Well the Warriors made him come back” thought but that’s just wild to me. If you didn’t know KD was leaving after this season, you wild. flat out. KD was out after this year no matter what if only because he needs to validate his legacy by being “The Guy” on a team.
He wasn’t coming back any quicker than he thought he could. Sadly, he thought he was good and uhh, fact – he wasn’t. This whole idea that he would be mad at the team or blame the warriors would clearly have made me hate KD more, but let’s just leave this one as a weird thought that hadn’t really crossed my mind.