Kevin Durant Criticizes A Rival For Taking An Easy Path To Success

Bryan Brandom
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To say that Kevin Durant isn’t self-aware is to say that Socrates wasn’t dumb, that Shaquille O’Neal isn’t small, that Michael Jackson wasn’t clumsy AF on the dance floor, that Sun Tzu wasn’t just aight at military strategy.

Durant’s lack of self-awareness reared its long and awkwardly skinny head once again on Monday, when he attempted to respond to some extremely light trash talk without looking like an idiot, and fell from his lofty perch flat onto his face.

After the Houston Rockets bested the Dubs on Saturday, center Clint Capela asserted, “We are better than them.”

Durant’s response? That Capela’s job is too easy for him to talk.

“You hear it from guys like Capela,” Durant said at practice. “Usually he’s catching the ball and laying it up from [Chris Paul] or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can’t just come out there and say sh*t like that. I don’t expect that from CP and James and [Trevor] Ariza and the rest of the guys like that because they know how hard it is to come out and do that every night. Capela, catch and dunk every night. It’s pretty easy for him.”

This coming from a guy whose explicit reason for joining a Warriors team that’d won a record 73 games the year prior (and had overcome a 3-1 series deficit to Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder en route to the NBA Finals) and would probably win the championship without him was how easy it would be to play with them.

“I was telling one of my friends, Rich (Kleiman, his agent), who’s here, we were watching Game 7 (of the 2016 NBA Finals),” Durant said just three months ago. “Well, as it started to unfold, it was, ‘No question, no way could you go to [the Warriors].’ And I was just like a kid, like, in a candy shop. I’d get wide open threes, I could just run up and down the court, get wide open layups. I was basically begging him. I was like, yo, this would be nice.”

It must be hard to be aware of oneself with their head lodged so deeply in their rectum.