Kevin Durant is one of the best scorers in the history of the NBA. Excluding his rookie season, he has averaged at least 25 points per game and has won the scoring title four times. No one in the media has doubted Durant’s ability to score the basketball, but they want to know his intentions in free agency.
The media were more interested in where Durant was going to be playing in the future rather than his own team. The 10-time All-Star voiced his frustrations with the media during his news conference after the Warriors’ last game against the San Antonio Spurs.
As transcribed by the Washington Post, Durant said, “Come on, man. Grow up. Grow up. Yeah, you- grow up. Come on, bro. I come here and go to work every day. I don’t cause no problems. I play the right way, or try to play the right way. I try to be the best player I can be every possession. What’s the problem? What am I doing to y’all?”
Durant’s free agency destination has only increased after the New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. The blockbuster move opens up cap space for the Knicks to sign Durant, but he does not want to be asked about them right now.
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“I don’t know why the Knicks traded Porzingis,” Durant said about the Knicks’ trade. “They got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball.”
Durant also singled out The Athletic‘s Ethan Strauss who wrote about Durant running from the media while the Warriors’ public relations team wanted him to talk the media.
“You got a dude, Ethan Strauss, who comes in here and just gives his whole opinion on stuff and makes it seem like it’s coming from me,” Durant said. “And he just walks around here, don’t talk to nobody, just walk in here and survey and write something like that, and now you gotta pile on me because I don’t wanna talk to y’all about that.”
Durant’s frustrations with the media about his upcoming free agency are only going to get worse. The 2014 MVP is the biggest free agent available after the end of the season and his decision will sway the balance of power in the NBA. Durant can get frustrated at the media all he wants, but an answer on his upcoming plans are the only thing that will keep the media away.