Oh My God, Kevin Durant Still Doesn’t Get It

Bryan Brandom
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Kevin Durant so obviously cares what people think about him.

And yet he still apparently has zero idea what that is.

After winning the 2017 title with a team that’d won 73 games without him a year prior, it seemed to blindside the 2014 MVP that many fans, analysts, and players held his ring in lower esteem.

He also apparently didn’t see coming the backlash of his ditching the Thunder for the Warriors after blowing a 3-1 series lead to Golden State in the 2016 playoffs.

And he had the gaul (or, more likely, lack of self-awareness) to describe his attaching himself to arguably the greatest team ever assembled as “the hardest road.”

Now, following his second Warriors title, he’s back at the “it’s harder when your teammates are so insanely talented” well.

“I feel like it’s easy to be the best player when you don’t have good players around you. I feel like it’s harder to stand out when you have great players around you,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I pride myself on standing out wherever I am. I pride myself on working hard wherever I go. And I feel like these guys embraced me and I feel like I’m a Warrior.”

It’s like he completely forgot his Thunder years, when he had worse talent around him and never won a Finals MVP, let alone two. And let’s just ignore the fact that it’s easier to put up huge numbers when a defense can’t key in on one guy because he’s flanked by two of the greatest shooters in NBA history.

Don’t stop cringing. There’s more.

“Kobe, M.J., LeBron, Kareem, those dudes drive me, they push me every day to get to that level, to that standard and I want to be able to sit back and talk to them about basketball one day,” Durant said. “I’m happy I’ll be able dial up some of them and get some equity in that deal when it comes to being able to talk amongst the greats and experience what they experienced.”

Here’s how I imagine that phone call with Michael Jordan going, on KD’s end:

Hey Mike, it’s me, KD! … No, Kevin Durant, from the NBA? Hey, remember when you won all those titles? I won some too! Isn’t basketball great? … Oh, 73 wins. But they didn’t win the title! Remember? I sure do. … Yes, it was 3-1. … Mike? Mike? You there, buddy?

This guy’s never gonna get it.