‘Killer On-Court, Killer Off-Court’: Former NBA Champion Explains Why Kevin Durant Gets Mad at Media

Published 04/16/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA wouldn’t be the NBA without its controversies on and off the court. Most times, it is usually the same old names that pop up in anything controversial, but the only difference now is that a lot of the fights happen on social media, and there is less trash-talking on the court. While most would say that the league has gotten soft, it doesn’t seem like it when Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant makes some notorious comments.

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Although Durant gets a lot of flak for being so vocal, some actually find it commendable. Then there are also some who actually understand why and where it comes from. Former NBA Champion John Salley is part of the latter group.

The Brooklyn Nets star recently had a feud with actor Michael Rapaport on Instagram. Michael called out Durant for being way too sensitive, which ended in KD sending a barrage of angry messages to him. Soon after, KD was in a Twitter war of words with NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe. Since then, Durant is all anybody can talk about.

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives to the hoop against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

John Salley backs Kevin Durant

In an interview, Salley talked about what he thinks about Durant going off on people. “The frustration man, that a lot of people are not realizing, the tough life,” he started off. “Do you realize the stress KD must be under?”

Salley further explained that he tried to sit back and understand why Durant was saying what he was saying. While it may come off as hate, it’s actually not.

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“That’s hate – but where is it coming from? It’s not you see that person, you hurt that person. It [the hate] has to come from somewhere else. Then I remembered my life in the NBA. I don’t have a game at 7:30 tonight. I have a game all day. From when I wake up I have a game, to practice I have a game, to pre-meal, if I get the right sleep, if I’m on time for the bus. And then I gotta go against someone that doesn’t want to lose their money and is trying to kill me.

“It’s like being constantly under pressure. And I see KD get so mad with the media, he’s under so much pressure… He’s a killer on-court, killer off-court. It’s a hard life,” concluded Salley.

People have always found ways to question Durant’s legacy. But recently, he has constantly been giving it back to those who try to bring him down. Salley even talked about Dennis Rodman being far more controversial than Durant. Does this mean people should cut KD some slack for lashing out? Or does this not justify his actions? What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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