NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’
Reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant recently owned up to his recent comments regarding his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, admitting it was “childish and idiotic.”
The Golden State Warriors forward was caught red-handed using an alternate Twitter account to answer a negative comment made by a netizen about him, but failed miserably as he accidentally replied using his own verified handle.
Despite the public apology, his former teammate Enes Kanter couldn’t help but chastise the NBA superstar.
“Well, I’m not angry. It’s just really sad,” the 25-year-old Turkish center said of Durant’s comments.
“I remember when he was here – I played with him one-and-a-half years – and when he was here, this organization and these fans, this whole state, gave him everything he asked for, everything he wanted,” he explained to CBS Sports Radio’s Andrew Bogusch, as relayed by The Score.
“The cooks, the chefs, the massage therapists, the coaches, players – everything – just (to make) sure he is okay and getting what he wanted to get.”
Durant also claimed that with the exemption of Russell Westbrook, his former OKC squad mates were not talented enough to win an NBA title.
Despite the stinging words, Kanter took more offense on Durant’s critical comments on coach Billy Donovan.
“What he said about Billy Donovan, I don’t know if anyone made the conference finals in his first year in the NBA,” Kanter said. “Billy Donovan, of course he’s pretty new in the NBA, but I feel like he’s done an amazing job. There’s coaches in the NBA that have not made the playoffs yet, and they’ve been in the league for 10, 15 years, but he made the playoffs in his first two years, and I think he’s done a good job.”
Although Kanter does not deny Durant’s supreme talent, he claims that a player of his stature shouldn’t try to please everybody and pay attention to critics.
“You just won a championship. You were the Finals MVP,” he said of KD. “I understand interacting with fans, but having a fake account and just answering back and trying to have a conversation with them and stuff, come on, man. If you’re Kevin Durant, you don’t do that. He is one of the top five players in the league. Come on, man. Just go do your thing.”
The outspoken Kanter added: “Play basketball and try to be the best. When he’s doing all these little things to all those people who sit on their laptop and just writing comments – they got no life. Come on, man. You don’t do that.” Khristian Ibarrola /ra