Yahoo- Durant finally finished up the workout and, on his way out of the arena, met briefly with reporters.
“Nobody in this arena right now, and that’s when you get better,” Durant said. “Nobody sees you when you’re doing this stuff right here, but luckily y’all was in here watching.”
“That’s what I say to myself when I’m working,” he said. “I hear it all the time. You hear the noise. You hear what they say about you. Everybody hears it. So it’s a little extra motivation when you hear it.”
“It’s not that I read it — it’s just in the air,” he said. “You know it’s just in the atmosphere and people tell you and you hear about it. You guys ask me questions about it all the time, so obviously I know, but I’m not losing sleep on it. It’s just wood on that fire.”
On the media response to Golden State’s big debut loss, Durant said, “Obviously you hear everything. Season’s over, the team is worst team in the league, you thought it was going to be easy. It’s one game. I thought, after losing in the playoffs by 30 or beating someone by 30 in Game 1 of the playoffs and you say it’s only one game.”
Durant’s closing statement, said with laughter as he left: “It’s one game of 82 and you f—ing guys make me feel like the world’s going to end.”
You know what's so funny about this. It's - quite literally - a case of Kevin Durant projecting all of his own personal insecurities on the media. Forget the fact that he's self motivating by insulting himself. I have no issue with that. I take umbrage with him pretending he didn't know there was a camera damn near touching his back while he did so, but I have no problem with him finding weird and quirky ways to keep himself inspired.
What I do take issue with is him flat out making shit up. Who said their season was over? There's not a single person on planet Earth that said Golden State was the "worst team in the league" just because they got their dicks kicked in (for a change) by the second best team in their conference. There's not one reporter that could make Kevin Durant feel like the world was going to end unless he, himself, was treating one loss like it was the end of the world. We may have got allllll these jokes off, but no one - and I mean NO ONE - is under the illusion that Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors aren't going to work out the kinks and become a dominant team in short order.
If pretending the weight of the world is on his shoulders - despite playing with 3 All Stars that can ease that burden - makes KD a better competitor then by all means, but let's not go around putting words in the world's mouth. Some of us may have implied that he was a coward when he took the coward's way out, but all that other shit he said is straight from his own damn head. I feel pretty comfortable saying that about someone that wrote reminders to "have fun" and "smile" on his shoes during the playoffs.