Kevin Durant Destroys NBA Media Before Season Even Starts

Published 10/16/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Going into the new NBA season, most of the experts consider the Nets to be one of the favorites to bag the NBA title. Yet, Kevin Durant seems to have a problem with the NBA Media before the regular season has even begun.

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The Brooklyn Nets are still the favorite to bag the NBA title before the season has even started. Yet Durant feels the media is being too harsh on them. Presumably, in the aftermath of the media’s narrative on the Kyrie Irving situation, Durant has tried to shut down the critics.

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Durant tweeted about him seeing “Sh*tty hoop takes everywhere”. It is understandable that Durant is annoyed with the critics since this has resulted in trade rumors of Kyrie. Durant is presumably going to be the leader on the court for the Nets next season. And as the leader, it is his responsibility that the locker room morale remains unaffected by the media narrative on the situation.

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Despite what NBA Analyst Stephen A. Smith has claimed, it seems Durant is not okay with the rumors of Kyrie’s potential trade. Whereas his teammate and former MVP James Harden seems to be okay with Kyrie’s absence.

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He recently claimed in an interview with Kristian Winfield that he and Durant are “two pretty good leaders.” Further, he said, “Obviously, Kai is our leader, as well, but we still have obviously myself and Kevin to lead, which we’re pretty good at. And go out there and be great every single night.”

Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) and power forward Kevin Durant (7) high five during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Bucks 125-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

What does this mean for the Brooklyn Nets?

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While Kevin Durant seems annoyed with the media’s take on Kyrie’s situation, Harden has tried to reassure him they need to move forward. What Kyrie does is his personal decision and they have to focus on their job. As Harden said, the Nets need to look forward and Kevin should not worry himself much with Kyrie’s decisions.

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As the favorites to win the NBA, everything they do is bound to come under the microscope. Instead of focusing much on that, Durant should focus on maintaining the morale of the roster in the absence of a leader.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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