KD’s interview continues to create discussion, and reactions are coming in. Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen were key members of the team the Warriors were chasing for the title for the best team in NBA history. But, their mindset was completely different.
Durant repeated the same things he’s been saying for years. He doesn’t like the business side of the NBA. He only wants to play basketball, and everything else just gets in the way. Scottie pointed out it’s the personal nature of the league that helped it propel to where it is today. People are fans of players, and that’s what makes a $40 million yearly wage possible. With that in mind, complaining about the attention doesn’t fly.
Durant also repeated his known lack of love for the media. KD always had the point of view that the media creates false narratives and does a lousy job of following the league. Scottie was having none of that (via The Jump):
“You’re an established player. You’re an MVP. You weren’t fighting the media when you were getting those votes for MVP. Because had he said some of those things back then, believe me, he would not be an MVP today.”
Dennis Rodman added that he found KD’s comments to be selfish. He pointed out all the benefits of being a professional athlete, being able to play basketball and make a lot of money by doing that. Having so many fans who follow you and make everything possible – to have so much contempt for everyone who doesn’t say what you want to hear is selfish.