One day after claiming the media has too much power in voting for end-of-season awards and All-NBA teams, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant told the media "you guys don't really know s---," according to The Oklahoman.
Durant's remarks came in response to questions about Thunder coach Scott Brooks' job security, the report said.
“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.”
Some have interpreted Durant's remarks as part of a continued character progression toward a more open and forthright NBA player. But the '13-'14 NBA MVP has also had a frustrating season, missing 27 games due to injury. The Thunder, a perennial playoff contender during Durant's time with the team, just crested the .500 mark earlier this month.
“We really know these guys inside and out,” Durant told SI.com Friday in reference to the media's role in the allocation of player awards.
"You [media] guys aren’t in the scouting reports, the team meetings, in the film sessions to really break down these players' games. I don’t see why you have more power in voting than we do. We’re out on the court playing with them."
Durant will play in Sunday night's All-Star Game in New York despite suffering from multiple lower leg injuries this season.
- Will Green