Kevin Durant lashed out at the media for over-criticizing his idol Kobe Bryant few months ago, when the Los Angeles Lakers’ star announced his retirement from the game. The Oklahoma City Thunder star also expressed his disgust on the media for its bias towards the Cavs, Warriors and Spurs on Friday. After Sunday’s shoot-around session, Durant changed his stance.
“I also got something else to say, if you guys don’t mind,” Durant revealed. “I’ve seen over the last couple of days, or couple of years, actually, that I hate the media. I actually do love you guys. If I hated someone, I wouldn’t talk to them, I wouldn’t interact with them, I wouldn’t laugh and joke with them, I wouldn’t talk about anything other than what you guys ask me.”
Durant also clarified that he wanted to get the issue off his chest. His latest reaction followed his statement he made to ESPN after his Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. The Oklahoma All-Star revealed that the media is trying to downplay Thunder’s chances. It only hails the Cavs, Warriors and the Spurs.
“Man, the [media and experts] are always trying to nitpick us. I mean, they don’t like us. They don’t like how Russell Westbrook talks to the media, they don’t like how I talk to the media. So obviously, yeah, they’re not going to give us the benefit of the doubt.”
But Durant clarified things on Sunday by pointing out that his disagreement doesn’t mean that he hates media.