Kevin Durant should be arriving at the start of the 2017-18 NBA season feeling triumphant. A year after his much ballyhooed move from Oklahoma City to Golden State, Durant was left as the last one laughing after earning most valuable player honors during the 2017 NBA Finals as he lifted the Warriors to their second championship in three years, and the first of his future Hall of Fame career.
Instead, as training camp for Golden State opens Friday in the Bay Area, Durant is still reeling from his tweets from earlier this week about his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, including criticisms of former coach Billy Donovan and his teammates in Oklahoma City (at least besides 2017 regular season MVP Russell Westbrook). And those tweets were the subject of the latest episode of “Posting Up,” The Washington Post’s NBA podcast, which features Sam Amick from USA Today.
Durant told Amick earlier this week that he was “disappointed in myself” for doing what he did and insulting his former coach and teammates, including not eating or sleeping for a couple days after the incident happened.
“I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate,” Durant said. “It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it.”
This, coming on the heels of Durant’s new shoes being released with the soles of those shoes being filled with all the things that were said about him over the course of the last year written in black — only to have Golden State’s playoff record, his stats in the five Finals games and recognition both of the Warriors winning the title and him winning Finals MVP written over them in yellow — are a reminder of something Durant has admitted to struggling with throughout his incredible basketball life: being able to forget about what others say about him.
That was one of many topics on the subject discussed with Amick on the podcast, including Durant being open and upfront about his contrition on the matter, rather than feigning being hacked or not wanting to discuss it, as well as how seriously he took the matter.
“As his people said, in order of stresses on him in his life it was losing in the 2012 Finals, leaving Oklahoma City and this,” Amick said.
In addition, the discussion drifted to Durant’s former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the fascinating season they have ahead with Westbrook and Paul George forming a new dynamic duo in Oklahoma, and how their pending free agencies could make life difficult for Thunder General Manager Sam Presti. Topics also touched on include: LeBron James being positioned to go for a fifth most valuable player award next season, Kyrie Irving settling into his new home in Boston — and how he’s already seemingly annoyed by the scrutiny that’s come with it — and the status of the relationship between LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs.
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