On Saturday, Kevin Durant was very blunt when he spoke with reporters in New York on Saturday during the All-Star Weekend, surprising many fans and bookmaker software services with what he had to say.
“You guys really don’t know s—,” said Durant.
The player made his statement when he was answering a question about the ongoing speculation on the job security of Scott Brooks, Thunder coach, who was frequently criticized by the media for a few seasons already. However, Durant always backed up his coach. When the player’s MVP speech was taking place, he said that no credit is being given to the coach, “even though you deserve all of it.”
Later on, he was asked about the questions that he would rather talk about.
“To be honest, man, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to,” said Durant. “So I really don’t care. Y’all not my friends. You’re going to write what you want to write. You’re going to love us one day and hate us the next. That’s a part of it. So I just learn how to deal with y’all.”
The 26-year-old was always polite and humble in public, answering questions in a politically correct manner, but he was much direct this season.
“My first few years in the league, I was just finding myself,” said the player on Friday. “I think most of the time, I reacted based off of what everybody else wanted and how they viewed me as a person. I am just learning to be myself, not worrying about what everybody else says, I am going to make mistakes. I just want to show kids out here that athletes, entertainers, whoever, so-called celebrities, we aren’t robots. We go through emotions and go through feelings and I am just trying to express mine and try to help people along the way. I am not going to sit here and tell you that I am just this guy that is programmed to say the right stuff all the time and politically correct answers. I am done with that. I am just trying to be me and continue to grow as a man.”
The forward also clearly stated his views on Friday, as he said that he didn’t believe that awards should be voted on by the media, and instead thought that the players should be the ones to decide, something that bookmaker software services completely agree with.
“Yeah, I think media and guys get too much power to vote on stuff that quite frankly I don’t think you really know a lot about [or] as much as we know about it,” said Durant. “So, yeah, we play against these guys every single night. We battle against these guys. We know what they say on the court. We know how they handle their teammates. We know how they approach the game and our vote should count. Our opinions should count. Like I said, I don’t think you guys know as much as we do, and I don’t see why you have more power than we do.”