Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Kevin Durant rips media's coverage of his pending free agency

Kevin Durant rips media's coverage of his pending free agency

The perception among fans around the league is that Durant took the easy way out in order to achieve his success in the league, and pairing up with multiple All-Stars is not an effective way of solidifying oneself as the top player in the league.

He implored the media to "grow up", and specifically directed his comment at someone in attendance and reiterated "yeah you, grow up".

"I think he looked at a grand plan, he is going to go to the East and create something on his own". And now when I don't wanna talk to y'all, it's a problem with me.

"It's unnecessary", Durant said of all the speculation (H/T ESPN). This recent run by Golden State came after a middling stretch where the Dubs went just 16-13, causing many to wonder if the apparent rift between Durant and Draymond Green was having a negative effect on the team and if the club was actually no longer a title favorite. The topic of the day was Kevin Durant's postgame press conference on Wednesday, but the conversations were really about much more than that.

Perhaps Durant's ire stems from the New York Knicks trading Kirstaps Porzingis in a move that was created to clear cap space.

The former MVP lashed out at what he believes to be unfair commentary from the media about his impending free agency, focusing in on Ethan Strauss of The Athletic specifically for a recent piece detailing how the Warriors are growing to believe he's leaving for NY this summer. And Durant, whose departure from Golden State is talked. We want to see that KD every day.

"In terms of him just playing basketball, focusing on what happens out there on the 94 feet, being there for us as teammates, and us being there for him, that's what he can control". That's what he can control, and I think he's doing a great job of that.

"Let us play basketball, " Durant said in his two-and-a-half minute rant.

What also seemed to have triggered Durant's emotions was a column written by the Bay Area News Group's Dieter Kurtenbach, in which Durant's future with the Knicks was discussed. Durant said at one point.

"He is not recognised as the best player in the game but he doesn't want to go and help LeBron. I didn't feel like talking".

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