“Going to Sting’: Kevin Durant Expresses Disappointment Over Decision to Bar Fans from Tokyo Olympics

Published 07/10/2021, 12:15 AM EDT
DENVER, CO–Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder after practice at Pepsi Center Friday afternoon. Andy Cross, The Denver Post (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Tokyo Summer Games, after a year-long postponement, are finally happening. However, the increasing covid cases in the city have forced the government to bar spectators from entering the Olympic village. This has led to crowd-loving athletes like Nick Kyrgios pulling out of the event and Kevin Durant showing his disappointment.

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KD was in such tremendous form in the 2020-21 season, it was a no-brainer that he would play in the Olympics. When his extra-large shoe forced him out of the playoff race, Team USA gave him an opportunity to leave that misfortune behind. But now that the games are a couple of weeks away, the star shared his only regret.

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Kevin Durant wanted the audience in the stands

In a recent interview, the 32-YO shared how the recent update became a cause of displeasure for him. He expressed, “I was definitely disappointed once I heard that, but I understand, you know, we already pushed the games back a year, so we don’t want to cause any more trouble with COVID.” 

Earlier in January 2021, Kevin Durant had missed four regular season games because of coming in contact with a covid positive. So he definitely understands how mishandeling the pandemic can impact the worldly event. But after playing in front of a crazy Barclays Center (NY) crowd, the star will surely feel a void.

As the 2x NBA Champion added, “It brings a different energy, the crowd. Fans from all over the world supporting their teams and their countries. That’s going to be the part that’s going to sting a bit, but it’s still an honor and a pleasure to go out there and represent your country and to do it on a big stage.”

Jun 15, 2021; Kevin Durant reacts after being fouled during game five against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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KD is already trash-talking with his Olympics opponents 

It is obvious that various NBA players from different national teams will take part and represent their country. Interestingly, Kevin Durant will face fellow teammate Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (TLC) in Team USA’s opening game against France. 

The 11x All-Star accepted that he had already initiated the trash talk when he revealed, “I can’t wait. I’ve definitely talked my s–t to TLC a couple times about how he can’t guard me and about how I lock him up on defense. So I can’t wait to talk even more s–t once I see him with his national team.”

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Aug. 12, 2012 – Team USA basketball winners LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, and Anthony Davis pose during the 2012 Olympics. ((Photo by Mark Makela/Corbis via Getty Images)

It’s going to be coach Gregg Popovich’s biggest test because the French side will boast Rudy Gobert (Jazz), Nicolas Batum (Clippers), Frank Ntilikana (Knicks), and Evan Fournier (Celtics) among other NBA players. 

However, Team USA’s All-Star roster will still look better on paper and with their extensive practise, they’ll be tough to beat. So what do you think, will no crowd in the stands affect KD’s game negatively? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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