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Kevin Durant, Thunder react to 'Mr. Unreliable' headline

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm •  Published: May 1, 2014
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Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant talks with reporters during a shootaround before Game 6 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant talks with reporters during a shootaround before Game 6 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Thunder coach Scott Brooks and Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded to The Oklahoman’s headline on the cover of Thursday’s sports section which deemed Kevin Durant “Mr. Unreliable.”

The Oklahoman’s sports editor, Mike Sherman, released a statement saying we missed the mark on the headline.

Here’s what Durant, Westbrook and Brooks had to say.

KEVIN DURANT
ON HIS REACTION
It’s all good. I don’t really care. Coming from my paper back at home, that’s what they’re supposed to write. I didn’t come through for the team. So they got to write that type of stuff. As a player and as a competitor, it’s going to be good and bad days. People are going to build you up. They’re going to break you down. They don’t allow you to stay even keel, and I think that’s what I am. My teammates love me. My family loves me. That’s all that really matters to me. It is what it is. We got another opportunity tonight.

ON WHETHER HE REALLY BELIEVES THAT
That’s a part of their job. It’s all about what have you done for me lately. It really doesn’t matter to me. I know my fans don’t feel that way. If some of them do, that’s cool. But my teammates, the organization, my family, my friends don’t feel that way. So I really don’t care. I don’t read the newspapers at all. I don’t read Twitter or Instagram or none of that stuff. But it’s all about what have you done for me lately and I understand that.

WHAT DOES IT DO FOR HIS MOTIVATION
I’m always motivated. We tend to take things for granted, but I get to play another basketball game, something I love to do. And you never know, it could be our last time to step on this court. So I’m going to play as hard as I can. That’s what motivates me. Headlines, what guys write, I used to care about that stuff when I was a younger player in this league. But now it doesn’t matter because I know what I do. I know the work I put in. And those people that’s writing those things don’t know how hard it is to do what we do. And I don’t know how hard it is to do what they do as well. So I can’t really judge. It is what it is. I’m just going to play as hard as I can when I step on that court for my team and leave everything out there.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK
HOW DOES IT GALVANIZE THE TEAM
I don’t even know what’s been said or what’s not been said. But I know that we’re going to stick together regardless of what’s been said or what anybody says.

WHEN TOLD DURANT WAS CALLED MR. UNRELIABLE
That’s BS in my eyes. The guy’s been great since he’s been in the league. He’s gotten better every season. One week ago you guys called him MVP. Now the next week you call him unreliable. So that don’t make sense to me. That don’t make any sense. That’s bogus, man. That don’t make no sense. That really don’t.

SCOTT BROOKS
ON HIS REACTION
There’s no real thoughts on it. I just heard about that this morning, actually a few hours ago. There’s a lot of things you can say about him. That wouldn’t be one of them. He’s as reliable as I’ve ever been around any athlete. He’s there the first thing in the morning. He comes to work every day. To me, that’s reliable. I don’t know who said that or who wrote that. But it doesn’t make sense to me.

SAM PRESTI
What I witnessed from Kevin Durant on the streets of Moore, Oklahoma, a year ago is the absolute definition of reliability.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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