Critics know what I bring: Durant
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.