Kevin Durant has always been the nice guy when it came to speaking to the media since coming into the league in 2007, but he says that’s finished.
During a media day for NBA All-Star Weekend in New York on Saturday (Feb. 14), the 26-year-old went off on reporters. “You guys really don’t know sh*t,” Durant told reporters.
According to ESPN.com, the OKC Thunder star’s comment came in response to a question about continued speculation about the job security of OKC coach Scott Brooks. The coach has been received criticism in the past few seasons, but Durant has always been quick to defend him, one time saying he deserves all the credit for his success.
When asked what type of questions he’d like the media to ask, Durant pulled a Marshawn Lynch — who has made headlines in recent years for being standoff-ish with the media.
“To be honest, man, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to,” Durant said. “So, I really don’t care. Y’all not my friends. You’re going to write what you want to write. You’re going to love us one day and hate us the next. That’s a part of it. So, I just learn how to deal with y’all.”
Durant went on to explain that he’s always had a friendly demeanor when dealing with the media, offering politically correct answers, because that’s what he thought people wanted to hear. However, he says that will no longer be the case moving forward.
“My first few years in the league, I was just finding myself,” Durant todl media on Friday (Feb. 13). “I think most of the time, I reacted based off of what everybody else wanted and how they viewed me as a person. I am just learning to be myself, not worrying about what everybody else says, I am going to make mistakes. I just want to show kids out here that athletes, entertainers, whoever, so-called celebrities, we aren’t robots. We go through emotions and go through feelings and I am just trying to express mine and try to help people along the way. I am not going to sit here and tell you that I am just this guy that is programmed to say the right stuff all the time and politically correct answers. I am done with that. I am just trying to be me and continue to grow as a man.”