YardBarker- Durant spoke with reporters after a Team USA workout on Monday, and he spent some time describing the hours and days following his decision to leave OKC. At first, K.D. went to great lengths to avoid the negativity.
“I didn’t leave my bed, because I was like, ‘Man, if I walk outside somebody might just try to hit me with their car or say anything negative to me,’” he said, per Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. “I just stayed in. I was trying to process it all. I wanted to be around family, and positive support. It felt different.
“I mean I’ve been somewhere for so long and then to make a change like that (which) nobody knew was coming, that nobody didn’t think I would do, of course I didn’t know how it would be received afterwards. But at some point, I just said, ‘Look man, life goes on. Life moves on, and I can’t hide forever,’ so I just had to face it.”
Durant, who played a lot of XBox during those 48 hours, said he was actually relieved when he finally decided to face the music, as he expected more backlash. While he doesn’t get hung up on criticism from someone like Charles Barkley, he said he felt sorry for Thunder fans.
“I understand where they’re coming from. It hurt me,” he said. “I was hurt for a few days because I know that I hurt so many people in Oklahoma City by changing teams.”
SOFT. Soft, soft, soft. People obliterated Stephen A. Smith for saying Kevin Durant was "weak" for choosing the Warriors as if it weren't already something we should have known. Did he not whine about the "super critical" media of Oklahoma City enough for people to realize he has thin skin? How many times did you have to watch him defer to Russell Westbrook when the game was on the line to understand that he's not the most alpha of male? Kevin Durant is an uber talented player, but he's kinda soft. That doesn't mean he's not one of the most dynamic players to ever play in the NBA. It doesn't mean he's not capable of winning a championship. It just means he's got more in common with two-ply toilet paper than a vast majority of basketball analysts are willing to admit.
The fucking guy wrote "have fun" and "smile" on his shoes during the Western Conference Finals, and I'm just supposed to pretend that he's got the cutthroat mentality that helped so many players before him achieve greatness? That's not to say that Kevin Durant NEEDS to be a merciless, bloodthirsty competitor the way in which Kobe Bryant was to be successful. It is to say that the fact that he's not probably played a small part in his decision to go to Golden State. I didn't just criticize Kevin Durant for going to the Warriors because it turned what little parity the NBA has left into a parody of itself. I did so because leaving his current team for the team that beat them in heartbreaking fashion fit the narrative of his career. You know what else fits that narrative? Hiding under his pillow for 2 days after making the single biggest choice he's ever made. Being so afraid of scrutiny that he wouldn't leave his bedroom. Acting as if his childhood dog just died instead of facing the music when he was the one that hit 'Play'. He knows as well as anybody that's not what we meant when we said "you made your bed, now sleep in it", so - much like a lot of other things he's done in his career - Kevin Durant's hibernation period was a sign of softness.