Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant sure gave the media a lot of headline-grabbing soundbytes today, all of which are so easy to take out of context.
Don’t worry, we won’t be dramatizing or exaggerating any of his comments, we’ll simply stick to reporting it.
Durant spoke at length about a number of topics including being a leader and the non-existent “loyalty” in the league.
“I came here to play basketball in the exact same way I’m playing it right now,” Durant told GQ’s Zach Baron.
“Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, and that helps me out, because I don’t have to,” Durant continued.
“I don’t want to have to be the leader. I’m not a leader. I’m bad at saying, ‘Stand behind me and follow me.’ No. I’m one of those guys that’s just like, ‘Let’s do this shit together. Let’s just work everybody together. I don’t mind being on the front line with you, but let’s come and do it together.’ That’s my way of leadership. I’m leading by example.”
Durant is fine playing “second fiddle” to Curry and that lessens the immense pressure he probably felt on his shoulders during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder that probably doesn’t weigh so heavily in Golden State, especially after winning an NBA Championship.
In terms of the business side of basketball, Durant, who has been heavily criticized when he jumped from the Thunder to the Warriors in free agency, he had some very straight-forward words to describe it.
“Ain’t no such thing [as loyalty],” Durant said in an interview with Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. “You see disloyalty in different ways, but that’s one of the most underrated parts of the game. We scream loyalty, but we don’t expect it from the people writing the checks because they’re writing the checks.”
“[People say] ‘You should be fine with it because you’re getting paid.’ I liked it better when I was naive about the NBA business, how f**ked up it is. That was better for me that way… You put money and business into something that’s pure, it’s going to f**k it up.”