We haven’t heard much from Kevin Durant since his injury. Even his announcement that he will be playing for the Nets was relatively quiet. KD has a hate-hate relationship with the media…and the fans…and social media…and the business part of the NBA. He talked to the Wall Street Journal and opened up about everything that was on his mind.
The article is as expected, nobody understands him, he just wants to hoop, everything sucks. The standard KD four-course meal. Out of everything that was said, Durant’s opinion on Oklahoma City and how everything turned out raised most eyebrows.
We know the fans in OKC reacted horribly and that Durant has a strained relationship with them at best. This is most vividly explained when his mother remembers one fan went as far as shooting through his KD jersey after he announced he is leaving for Golden State. We also knew that Westbrook had some issues with his decision. But all in all, it seemed the organization and KD were on OK terms. Now we know that isn’t the case. (via WSJ):
“Such a venomous toxic feeling when I walked into that arena,” he says. “And just the organization, the trainers and equipment managers, those dudes is pissed off at me? Ain’t talking to me? I’m like, Yo, this is where we going with this? Because I left a team and went to play with another team?”
Yet again, we see KD’s point of view is only through his eyes. While he had every right to play whenever he wants, the staff also has the right to be bitter about it. In such a competitive industry, it’s not surprising they processed the situation in that way. We glorify MJ for being morbidly competitive, why is this different?
Durant said going back to OKC and playing there again was an option as a final chapter in his career. He was always connected to the community, cared about them and felt like it was home. But the way things turned out, from the fans to the organization itself, made that a non-starter. (via WSJ):
“I’ll never be attached to that city again because of that,” Durant says. “I eventually wanted to come back to that city and be part of that community and organization, but I don’t trust nobody there. That shit must have been fake, what they was doing. The organization, the GM, I ain’t talked to none of those people, even had a nice exchange with those people, since I left.”
It seems with KD, it’s a “you either love me or you hate me” kind of thing. Good luck Brooklyn.