Kevin Durant wears his heart on his sleeve and he isn’t afraid to show it — in the community, on the court and in press conferences. After Game 4, Durant said he thought he let Oklahoma City down when he and the Thunder blew a 15-point lead in the final five minutes Monday night.
Thunder fans love him for that, and they’ll love him for this: KD drew the line on love after Game 5, and he had none for Dirk Nowitzki.
Minutes after Durant’s season ended with another closing-time loss to the Dallas Mavericks, ESPN’s Mark Schwarz seemed to be asking him if seeing Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki return to the NBA Finals offered any consolation. The implication: Be happy for Dirk because he’s suffered more disappointment.
Here’s the exchange:
Schwarz: Kevin, it’s so disappointing to go through this and you’ve only been through this kind of run two years now. Dirk has been eliminated with his team three of the last years. For him to reach the Finals at this stage of his career, what kind of feelings do you have seeing him succeed even at your expense?
Durant: Um, not happy at all (chuckles, followed by a wide smile and laughter in the room). I’m a competitor, man. You know, I really didn’t care about what he went through the last four years. I know it’s been tough for him, you know. He lost three of the .. four years in the first round. I’m sure he’s happy now he’s going back to the Finals, but I’m not happy for him at all because I wanted to be there. But it happens like that.”
I actually like the question, and here’s how you know it was a good one: Because it produced an interesting response.
– Mike Sherman