Steve Kerr defends Kevin Durant's heated exchange with media

Heather Diaz
February 9, 2019

Grow up. Yeah, you, grow up. I come in here and go to work everyday, and I don't cause no problems. And then when I don't say nothing, it's a problem. Well, I try to play the right way.

"Durant firmly believes he is the best player in the game". And I think he's doing a great job of that.

Two nights ago, Kevin Durant blew up at the media. He was probably exhausted of all the speculation, and I just thought he'll eventually get back speaking with the media. Why do I have to talk to you.

His prolonged absence coincided with numerous reports citing his interest in leaving the Warriors and joining the New York Knicks this upcoming summer. I wanna go to the gym and go home.

Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke tells it how it is in her weekly mailbag, offering her take on an offseason that's still multiple months away. So what he can't control is B.S. that happens in the media or people making a decision for him or all this other stuff.

Durant could control a self-imposed silence, which lasted nine days.

Did it have anything to do with free agency? "That's the conversation you gonna have", Durant said.

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"I think he looked at a grand plan, he is going to go to the East and create something on his own".

Even if you hate Durant, you have to give him props here for his honesty.

"If Durant didn't like the narrative that was surrounding him, he could have squashed it easily last week".

The two-time National Basketball Association champion has chosen not to speak to reporters since before the New York Knicks traded away dominant bigman Kirstaps Porzingis last week, in a move that clears out enough cap space to chase Durant and another free agent this summer. All he had to do was ask - dictaphones, iPhones, and satellite trucks were on the ready.

The former MVP lashed out at what he believes to be unfair commentary from the media about his impending free agency, focusing in on Ethan Strauss of The Athletic specifically for a recent piece detailing how the Warriors are growing to believe he's leaving for NY this summer.

Add to that the spat with Green, who was suspended last fall for, as Yahoo put it, conduct detrimental to Durant's future with the team. "Again, the way that he plays basketball and the way he is a teammate, that's all we're anxious about, and I think he's doing a great job of that". "Leave." That history made it logical to pursue sources about Durant's state of mind, no matter how frustrating he finds it. During a freakish press conference after the game, Durant criticized reporters for their handling of rumors about what Durant might do in free agency this summer.

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