After Over A Week Of Silence, Kevin Durant Made Sure To Get His Point Across In Bitching To The Media About The Media
We can, and some professional shit-stirrers on sports' television probably will, debate the legitimately of Kevin Durant's argument all damn day. I think there probably is some truth to the public's drug addict-like demand for NBA news being responsible for the questionable lengths the media goes to in re-upping their supply. I'm not going to call into question the journalistic credibility of The Athletic's own Ethan Strauss, but I also don't know that KD has ever been anywhere near as open about the possibility of him joining the Knicks as we have been led to believe. Honestly, I don't care either way, because it's not the rhyme or reason of that rant that I am concerned with, but rather what it continues to tell me about the source of it.
To be clear, I ask you this. Is that really the guy? That dude up there calling out reporters by name and telling them to grow up, despite being months removed from arguing with teenagers on Twitter, is the one that's going to attack the most ruthless of news' cycle head-on in finally bringing a little magic back to the Mecca? The once anonymous internet troll who needed a week-long sabbatical from answering questions and only returned from it to bitch and moan about the people asking them is going to run the goddamn gauntlet of gasbags looking for scorching hot headlines in the city that sleeps just about as often as it's actually satisfied with its sports teams? Really? Of all people, the thin-skinned superstar who somehow didn't foresee the backlash to come in attaching himself to a 73-win team is going to be the one to bear the cross for a long-suffering powder-keg of a franchise at which stones are most often thrown? We're talking about an athlete that once felt attacked by writers in Oklahoma City, and he's going to conquer the criticism that resounds off the walls of the concrete jungle?
To Kevin Durant's credit, everyone should stop asking him about the Knicks, because he'd have to be a complete idiot to think his pissy personality would play in New York. That two minute distressed diatribe about sticking to basketball was really the best "answer" he could have given. Even if it didn't technically address the question he's been avoiding since Kristaps Porzingis more or less got traded to create cap room for him, it certainly did tell everyone everything you need to know about whether he can handle the media circus of Madison Square Garden. Whether or not he was listening, however, remains to be seen until this summer.