Golden State Warriors‘ Kevin Durant recently talked about the backlash he has received for leaving his Oklahoma City Thunder this NBA off-season and explained why the only real critics have spoken out online.
According to KD, he has yet to have anyone step to him face-to-face and trash him for the Warriors power move.
“All that stuff happens on the Internet. I haven’t had one person come to me and say anything negative. … It’s easy for the critics on the outside to tell you what to do, to tell you how to play. I’m the one that’s going through it, so I can’t really worry about the outside noise. The work don’t stop. Everything stays the same.” (The Vertical)
Recently, KD responded to criticism shot his way from former NBA legends Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Warriors.
“Those are two guys, you know? They’ve got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way, but they don’t have a voice so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone so it feels like everybody else, you know? If Charles Barkley said it, it must be true. If Reggie Miller says it, it must be true. It just feels like it’s bigger than what it is. But they have such a big platform and people respect them so it feels bigger than what it is. But for the most part, I got the support around me. I’ve got the family that supports me no matter what, that love me no matter what I do. I could be playing tennis right now, and I could retire from the game of basketball and they’re still going to love me. So if I think about that, I’ll be fine.”
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Earlier this month, CB scolded Durant for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the defending Western Conference champions.
“I’m just disappointed from a competitive standpoint because it would mean more to win one – just like it meant more to win one [championship] in Cleveland, it would mean more to Kevin to win one in Oklahoma than in Golden State. I’m not going to hate on Kevin Durant – I was real excited when LeBron went back to Cleveland because I knew it would mean more to that city. If Golden State were to win again it’ll be like, ‘Well, we expected to win. We just won a championship two years ago. We just won 73 games.’ … I think it’s a scapegoat move. You can use any words you want to. I think it’s a scapegoat move to try to ease your way into a championship. Let’s be honest, Golden State is probably going to win a couple championships in the next three or four years. Just like when they put that Miami team together, they were going to win a couple of championships because at some point it’s going to work and they’re going to be better because all these other kids are going to get weaker at some point also.” (“Mike & Mike”)
A few days prior, R&B singer Tank addressed the backlash KD received over joining the Warriors.