“I’m Such a Hater”: Kevin Durant Once Revealed Jealousy for Fellow Players Including Stephen Curry and LeBron James in Brutally Honest Take

Published 11/18/2022, 6:45 PM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) grabs a loose ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant is among the greatest modern athletes in the NBA. The two-time NBA champ is known for his ruthless game as he shows his skills on both sides of the court. However, Durant was considered a nice person initially in the league, with critics claiming his harmlessness was the reason behind the lack of championships. However, back in 2015, Durant uttered some scathing words that might depict an immense dislike for fellow players and competitors, like Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

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Kevin Durant was the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. After several seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, KD moved to the Golden State Warriors in 2016 alongside Stephen Curry. The duo won two back-to-back championships for the Warriors in 2017 and 2018. However, Durant left Curry’s team to establish a name for himself as he joined the Nets in 2019.

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Kevin Durant expressed his hatred for fellow players in a 2015 interview

During a 2015 interview, Kevin Durant shared that he became a completely different person on the basketball court. He did not care to give a helping hand to his fallen opponents. The 12-time All-Star stated that the basketball court felt like a war zone to him. Moreover, Durant revealed that he hardly watched basketball when he was not playing on the court. 

KD suggested that he did not like other teams or players very much. He felt like watching his opponents’ games was like supporting them. Instead, he hoped that they had a bad game.

Nov 15, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands near the team bench during a timeout against the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Further, Durant said“Because I’m such a hater! I thought it was a bad trait I had, I was like, Man, am I jealous? Why do I hate this guy? But I hope both the teams lose! That’s how I feel.”

It was surprising to see KD admit that he had no love in his heart for his opponents. Moreover, the two-time finals MVP’s words might have showcased his feelings for some of his fiercest competitors in the league, fellow superstars Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

Can Durant help the Brooklyn Nets win this season?

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Durant has had a brilliant start to yet another season. In 16 appearances, KD has scored an average of 30.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game. The 2014 MVP has put up some dominating numbers early in the season.

However, the Brooklyn Nets are going through a bit of struggle in the absence of their guard Kyrie Irving. The Nets have won seven games and lost nine so far.

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Thus, Durant might need support to lead the Nets close to the championship this season and have a legitimate chance at winning. Hopefully, Irving will return to the team to support KD soon.

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Rohit Kumawat

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Rohit Kumawat is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing an MBA in Media and Business Management, Rohit holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has been working as a Sports and Entertainment writer for over a year.

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