KD is at it again. The man who doesn't care what anyone thinks is constantly explaining himself. At this point, I am convinced reason and arguments are wasted if you try to apply them to his public statements on this topic. The last time it was he doesn't get DPOY awards because people hate him. Now it's just hate because he is the best. The man is one of the best players and one of the most sensitive egos in the NBA.
We already mentioned a few times that a casual fan knows reporters hated going into the Thunder locker room in the Russ-KD era. Both are extremely sensitive and find almost any question or criticism as disrespect and just pout. It's tough to reason with people who take everything as a personal attack, then add to that an entire organization fluffing them at every step.
I wanted to cover this last interview because it is hilariously ironic. KD was a guest on "Posted Up with Chris Haynes" and talked about himself again:
I've come to the conclusion that people hate the fact that I play for the Warriors and people hate the fact I'm so damn good at basketball. It's not my fault when I say something and you get in your feelings. It's that you got something underlying against me. So no matter what I say or how I approach anything it's gonna be a problem if I don't agree with you because you just don't like me, you know what I'm saying? And that's just the facts. A lot of people want to say facts about me but that's the facts. Like, you don't like I play for the Warriors and you don't like that I'm so fu----- good at basketball. And you put those two together and you got nothing but magic. It's just like basketball nirvana and people don't like that so they just jealous of what I got. And I don't mind calling you out on your bull sh--.
First of all, the Warriors part wasn't so hard to crack. A league that has so many rules to try and create competitive balance will not be fond of two MVPs and two Hall of Famers playing on the same team. It was a perfect storm of consequences, allowed at the time and I get why KD did it - but three years to "come to the conclusion" that people won't like it? Well done Sherlock.
Other than that, we have all the hallmarks of bruised sensitive ego working hard to create a story that helps him avoid the main issue - KD really really wants you to like him. SO WHY DON'T YOU LIKE HIM!!! The amount of "me" and "I" is your first indicator. His entire focus is on himself and our perception of himself. Then we have the standard KD "if you criticize me, you hate me" which we covered already. His facts have no substantial backing up, but I said reasoning and arguments are wasted here.
The best part of this entire speech is the fact that while describing the haters, KD is describing himself, and he doesn't even know it. You can go line by line, and it could be a respected reporter talking about KD. Watch this:
Kevin, it is not my fault when we say something (criticism backed with examples and stats) and get in your feelings. It's that you have something underlying against me. So no matter what I say or how I approach anything it's gonna be a problem if I don't agree with you because you just don't like me, you know what I'm saying? And that's just the facts. Like, you don't like I write about you backed with argumentative logic and examples, and you don't like that I'm so fu----- good at it. And you put those two together, and you got nothing but magic. It's just like debate nirvana, and you don't like that so you just jealous of what I got. And I don't mind calling you out on your bull sh--.
The man is literally talking about himself, and that is the first ballot Hall of Fame indicator of someone so deep into his fears and insecurities he doesn't even see it.
Here's the worst part about it. I love to watch him play, offense and defense. I am not crazy about him joining the Warriors, but I don't consider him a snake nor blame him for anything. He had a shot to play with amazing players, and he took it. By the way, he got a lot of money, and it got him close to Silicon Valley. If I would be in his shoes, I'd do it in a heartbeat.
All this stress in his life is self-inflicted. As Amin Elhassan said on the Jump: "LeBron got the forgiveness, why hasn't KD gotten the forgiveness. You know what the difference is? After LeBron made his decision, everyone got mad, and they spent that year mad, HE DIDN'T KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY!" If you don't care, why do you keep bringing it up?