Many teams made great moves for this season, and some even made big moves for their franchise down the road, but Kevin Durant is a clear cut victor coming out of the 2019 trade deadline.
He chose to finally speak following the Golden State Warriors' 141-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs, and it didn't go well. During the season and playoffs, questions that are not about the game, an injury, or the other team that they are playing shouldn't be allowed. A typical answer followed. During his first meeting with the media in more than a week, Durant called out Strauss for his reporting about his upcoming free agency. "And especially when certain narratives have been created in terms of where you are in your career". Look, I'm sure we could have a deepish discussion on the concerns Durant broached in his press conference.
During the interview, Durant also said it's not his job to talk about his free-agency situation.
"I have nothing to do with the Knicks", Durant said, in part (via NBC Sports Bay Area). He went off, spouting his disapproval of the constant reporting and querying of him and those around him about his free agency.
Then Durant, visibly frustrated, uncorked a long response at the media and the reports attached to his free agency. "We have plenty of fun and humor in our locker room and I know our guys enjoy coming to work every day, Kevin included". Now y'all piling on me because I don't want to talk about that. I have nothing to do with the Knicks, I don't know who traded Porzingis, it ain't got nothing to do with me. It has nothing to do with me. "I'm proud of the way our whole team has handled this season, because there's a lot that's been going on, and it's just about playing basketball". That's what I am saying. "What's the problem? What am I doing to y'all?" Come on, man. Grow up.
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"Yeah, you, grow up", Durant said. I try to play the right way, try to be the best player I can be. And then when I don't say nothing, it's a problem.
He specifically targeted The Athletic's Ethan Strauss, who had written that Durant "demonstrated an impressive burst of speed" Tuesday when he fled the Warriors' practice court and a group of reporters as public relations officials "beseeched him to turn back". That got nothing to do with me. "I didn't feel like talking".
"Maybe there's more of that [speculation] because of the movement at the top of the star players that we've seen in the last few years", Kerr told reporters Friday. I play the right way. Trying to tear me down with my words. So, if I don't say nothing, it's a problem.
Kevin Durant just wants to go to the gym, play ball and go home.
"That's the beauty of the game", Durant said at the time.