Kevin Durant Wants You To Believe It's Extremely Hard Being The Best Player On A Great Team, For Obvious Reasons
I don't want to be too critical of Kevin Durant here. Mostly because he's proven that he can't speak the thick skin he desperately desires into existence, but also because it would be stupid to make too much of an offhand quote. Of course, it's an offhand quote that probably doesn't lack as much context as he'd more than likely claim if pressed on the issue, but it is just an offhand quote that makes a lot of sense coming from a guy that isn't getting anywhere near the amount of credit that literally any other back-to-back Finals MVP would.
Now, there's a good reason that everyone sighed and changed the channel as opposed to singing Kevin Durant's praises. Still, as predictable as this deserved diminishment of his inevitable accomplishments was, I do ever-so-slightly pity the fact that he reached the pinnacle of his profession in back-to-back seasons and is somehow left trying to insecurely spin-zone his successes into sounding more impressive.
That being said, for someone that has an increasingly hard time deciding whether or not he's okay with being disliked, he sure makes it impossible to like him when he's hitting his detractors with a "well, actually..." instead of simply thumbing his nose at them. Never mind the fact that this could be interpreted as an on-the-record subtweet at LeBron James with Steph Curry serving as the collateral damage, because the truth of the matter is that it's just a desperate plea for appreciation. As if we're supposed to laud a 7 footer that's deadly accurate from anywhere inside the arena for simply "standing out" amongst athletically inferior All Stars. I've gotten over the fact that Kevin Durant wanted to make his job easier, but the second most talented player on the planet would be so much better served if he stopped trying to convince people how much harder it is to live up to his potential while playing in a system that maximizes it. He sacrificed some of his reverence for rings, and no amount of tale twisting is going to change that.
Sidenote: No wonder the guy has his sights set on retiring at 35. Thinking up roundabout reasons as to how winning with the Warriors is some huge burden on him is probably more exhausting than actually winning with the Warriors...