Now that he can’t go on one of his burner accounts on Twitter in order to tweet nonsense without anyone knowing it’s actually him,1 Kevin Durant seems to still want to talk nonsense. But instead of tweeting anonymously about it, the Golden State Warriors forward has now taken to the media in order to get his point across. After the Golden State Warriors finished off a four-game sweep over the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night, instead of celebrating and worrying about he and his team, Durant decided to throw a dig at LeBron James. Whether he wanted it to be taken that way or not, his words seemed to be directly at No. 23, but instead of it being a subtweet, it was published in a story.
“I feel like it’s easy to be the best player when you don’t have good players around you. I feel like it’s harder to stand out when you have great players around you,” he told Yahoo Sports’ Michael Lee. “I pride myself on standing out wherever I am. I pride myself on working hard wherever I go. And I feel like these guys embraced me and I feel like I’m a Warrior.”
Wait, did he really say that? Yep, he did.
Durant literally said that it was easier for James to standout because he didn’t have role players as good as the almost seven-foot-tall point-forward had. Outside of Kevin Love, James didn’t have another All-Star on his team. Durant not only has three All-Stars as teammates, but three potential Hall of Famers as well.
With such great teammates, the 29-year-old could slowly get his rhythm every game. He was never leaned on to provide all of the scoring and/or assists, put the team on his back, or even be the main focal point of the offense every game. When he wanted to score, he could easily do so at times because the opposing defense was worried about the other three All-Stars on the court.
Meanwhile, James was forced to not only create for himself but be his team’s focal point offensively every single second he was on the court, which in the postseason was almost for all 48 minutes every night. No. 23 could rarely ever lean on another player to be the main focal point on offense at any time, let alone multiple other players. If he wasn’t scoring, the Cavs’ offense was stagnant for much of the time.
Durant not only couldn’t just enjoy the moment and not throw any jabs, but he did so while making himself look worse around the league as well. Remember the time when KD was just a quiet star in Oklahoma City? I, along with many NBA fans, miss that guy. Maybe Durant should just go back to his Twitter accounts with all of his hot takes, that would be what’s best in the end.
Maybe the fact that Durant has a hard time standing out in The Bay is due to him joining a 73-win team rather than trying to succeed by not taking the easiest path to a title and signing with the Warriors. Then again, maybe he would stick out by keeping his comments to himself and enjoying the moment as well.
- Editor’s note: shoutout to the OG Twitter burner, who made it…cool?…before Bryan Colangelo and his wife did it. [↩]