Kevin Durant fires back at Bob Myers’ sad Warriors narrative
Today ends in ‘Y.’ Clearly, Kevin Durant was going to get defensive on social media again.
After hearing Warriors general manager Bob Myers describe their 2018 title — the team’s second straight and third in four seasons — as a sigh of relief, rather than a joyful experience, the two-time NBA Finals MVP and current Nets star shared his displeasure in an expletive-filled Instagram comment.
“N—s look happy as s— in that pic though,” Durant wrote, referencing a celebratory photo of the team holding the championship trophy, according to an NBC report Sunday.
Multiple participants from the dynasty — including coach Steve Kerr — have shared Myers’ sentiment.
They’ve said the title defense wasn’t nearly as fun as the first season with Durant in 2016-17, given the added expectation and the continued scrutiny of Durant, who was continually criticized for joining the league’s best team. Durant also never was embraced in the Bay Area like homegrown star Stephen Curry despite being the team’s — and arguably the world’s — best player.
“The second time with Kevin [in 2018] it felt like, ‘Well, we just did what we were supposed to do, and great job,’ ” Myers told ESPN. “It wasn’t joy.”
The Warriors won an NBA record 73 regular season games and lost in the Finals the year before Durant joined them, but saw that total drop to 67, 58 and then 57 in his three years with the team. They also lost more in the postseason with Durant, but still won the two titles.
“I’m sure a lot of people felt differently,” Myers said. “It wasn’t anybody’s fault. I think there’s just a weight to everything. And so I’m sure [the Michael Jordan-led Bulls] felt that weight of everything, weight of relationships.”
Draymond Green said last month that watching “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s documentary about the 1998 Bulls, made him wish Durant would have been more upfront with his teammates about leaving Golden State for Brooklyn last summer.
“That was kind of the elephant in the room,” Green said. “And although Steve would kind of hit on it, [saying] ‘Let’s just enjoy this year for what it is because we don’t know what next year holds,’ it didn’t necessarily carry the same weight because what should have happened was Kevin come out and say, ‘Hey, man, this is it, so let’s do this,’ or, ‘This isn’t it.’”
Durant has never been afraid to be upfront on social media, where he has argued plenty with fans and celebrities.
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