One of the most frustrating things when listening to a podcast is when a reporter is about to pull back the curtain and share an interesting story, and then they stop themselves at the last second. Some stories are never shared, and some were just saved for a book. For instance, “The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty,” by Ethan Sherwood Strauss.
NBA’s thin-skinned superstar has a long record of complaining about the way he is covered, and it can be summed up as “I don’t care what you think and write, but why don’t you love me more?” He famously called out Sherwood Strauss at a press conference for writing about his impending free agency this past summer.
Durant, who wants to be considered as one of the best, was insulted people were wondering where he’s going to play after his contract was up. Makes perfect sense, right? In his book, Sherwood Strauss shared a moment he had with KD after Strauss wrote a story about the way the Warriors play. One might say, quite a factual-based conclusion.
“It often appears that many of these plays are called to make Durant happier, much as nobody with the Warriors would admit that Durant must be made happy at the occasional cost of efficient play. Perhaps not so incidentally, Durant now registers about half as many off-ball cuts to the basket as he averaged in his first Warriors season. Basically, if the offense isn’t directly involving KD, KD is not so inclined as to involve himself in the offense.”
Ethan Sherwood Strauss, The Athletic
Durant himself confirmed this conclusion after leaving the Warriors, saying that he felt like their offense needed more ISO and less ball movement at times. Despite the fact he agreed with Strauss’, Durant still had an issue with the piece. In his mind, this was all about making Steph’s fans mad because Curry has to sacrifice to accommodate KD’s game.
“I tried to make a few points, saying I didn’t begrudge him for having leverage with his contract, and insisted that I had good reason to write what I wrote. KD wasn’t impressed and accused me of trying to “rile up Steph’s fans.”
He expressed that this was a constant theme in the Bay. All of us local guys just wanted to kiss Steph’s ass at his expense. This was KD’s consistent lament. He would frequently squabble in direct-message conversations with the Warriors fans of Twitter, frequently accusing them of favoring Steph at his expense.
In one such exchange that foreshadowed things to come, he was asked by the WarriorsWorld account whether two-time MVP Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving was the better player. “I gotta really sit down and analyze it,” Durant demurred.”
Ethan Sherwood Strauss, “The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty”
Yet again, KD had a problem with facts. Did Steph take a step back to let KD be KD? Yes. Did Steph receive praise for that? Yes. Was that praise deserved? Yes. Was any of this pointed at Durant? No.
The problem with insecure people is they always think it’s about them. Durant couldn’t accept that Steph and Klay, both drafted to Golden State and already NBA champions would always get more love from Warriors fans. “Kissing Steph’s ass at his expense” proves my point. To KD, everything is at his expense. Good luck, Brooklyn.