Crit­ics know what I bring: Du­rant

Wanganui Chronicle - - Sport -

Kevin Du­rant had a sim­ple message for his crit­ics: “Thanks.”

Du­rant’s move to the Golden State War­riors, booed by many around the NBA, clearly has paid off for both the player and his team. Two years, two NBA cham­pi­onships, two NBA Fi­nals MVPs and al­most cer­tainly a new con­tract in the next few weeks after he and the War­riors de­cide on the best way to pro­ceed.

He is of­ten a man of few words, but Du­rant let his thoughts be known after the War­riors won their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ti­tle by fin­ish­ing off a sweep of the Cleve­land Cava­liers. There was a rare open­ness to Du­rant in his postgame re­marks as he let his de­trac­tors know that what­ever they said when he left Ok­la­homa City for Golden State didn’t mean much then and meant even less now.

“For­mer play­ers and play­ers now that got a lot to say about what I did, they know how I play,” Du­rant said, his new­est Fi­nals MVP tro­phy stand­ing just to his left. “They know ex­actly what I bring. They know. They know. They un­der­stand when they get on the court with me or if they check up with me, they know what it is.

“So I kind of try to just stand on that. But I know what I bring to the game.”

Here’s what he brings to the War­riors: 26.4 points per game in this reg­u­lar sea­son, 29 points per game in the play­offs, a 43-point explosion in Game 3 that will go into NBA Fi­nals lore and a triple-dou­ble in the se­ries clincher to cap it all off.

But the crit­i­cism — which came from both cur­rent and for­mer play­ers when he joined the War­riors to form a su­perteam two sum­mers ago — prob­a­bly won’t stop, ei­ther.

Per­haps a co­in­ci­dence, Du­rant’s for­mer Ok­la­homa City team­mate Rus­sell West­brook posted a video of him­self singing along with an Ice Cube rap yes­ter­day — the message of the track be­ing that some­one had lost his or her edge.

“I saw it comin’; that’s why I went solo,” Cube rapped, as West­brook mouthed the words. (Not long af­ter­ward, amid spec­u­la­tion that was di­rected to Du­rant, West­brook added an­other post that said, “Stop reach­ing”.)

Not ev­ery­one has a neg­a­tive thought on Du­rant and his choices. Cleve­land star LeBron James, who de­nied Du­rant a ti­tle when Mi­ami beat Ok­la­homa City in 2012, raves about Du­rant’s game.

“You knew he was built for great­ness from the time he was drafted,” James said.

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