Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago.
Durant said the rumors he's leaving for NY "makes it seem like it's coming from me" and that "it's unnecessary".
The postgame fireworks went off as Durant broke his weeklong media silence as chatter grew that he would land with the Knicks, who traded young star Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks last week.
I know that people criticize athletes no matter what they do, but I appreciate Durant's bluntness here. We talk all the time - just like I do with all the players.
"Let us play basketball". And now when I don't want to talk to y'all, that's a problem on me. "Come on man. Grow up". Grow up. Yeah, you, grow up. Come on, bro. I come here and go to work every day. So, if I don't say nothing, it's a problem. I play the right way.
Today, head coach Steve Kerr said Durant was, "blowing off some steam".
He specifically targeted The Athletic's Ethan Strauss, who had written that Durant "demonstrated an impressive burst of speed" Tuesday when he fled the Warriors' practice court and a group of reporters as public relations officials "beseeched him to turn back".
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"I just don't trust none of ya'll", Durant added. Trying to tear me down with my words. Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out. I want to go to the gym and go home. I just tell them, "He's playing OK, but he's just not talking right now". That's all. Is that a problem?
Durant is out of contract in the summer and his free agency has drawn much attention in recent months. "I just ain't feel like it". He was asked whether that had to do with his impending free agency, something fueled by the turmoil involving him and Draymond Green earlier this season.
"It's the conversation you all [the media] have", he said.
"I think he looked at a grand plan, he is going to go to the East and create something on his own".
At the end of that series, Durant nabbed the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award which he rightfully deserved.
On Wednesday night, the game was a footnote. All that other stuff, I wouldn't call it a distraction, but from his standpoint, frustrating. "And that's what he should do". We want to see that KD every day.
"Kevin Durant is an interesting character but he has got to understand you can't blame the media when you feed the media". Durant said at one point.