Lakers notebook: Phil Jackson says he doesn't understand Kevin Durant's reaction

From Wire Reports Published: April 17, 2010
Phil Jackson doesn’t understand why Kevin Durant was upset with his comments about the Oklahoma City Thunder star getting superstar treatment from the referees. The Lakers coach’s line about the referees earned him a $35,000 fine from the NBA on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Jackson was asked about Durant, who led the league in free throws, and he said in part, "I think a lot of the referees are treating him like a superstar. He gets to the line easily and often.”

In response to Jackson’s comments, Durant told The Oklahoman: "It’s taking away from what I do. That’s a part of my game, getting to the free-throw line and being aggressive. If you say that I get superstar calls or I get babied by the refs, that’s just taking away from how I play. That’s disrespectful to me.”

On Friday, Jackson said he didn’t see Durant’s response.

"I really don’t know what he was upset about. It really wasn’t that upsetting,” the coach said.

"He shot the most free throws in the league, he made the most free throws, he shot the most shots, he made the most shots. I voted for him on the All-Star team, he made the All-Star team, we know he’s a great player, congratulations.”

Asked about Durant feeling disrespected, Jackson replied, "Whatever.

Trending Now


  1. 1
    Robin Thicke Admits Drug Abuse, Lying to Media in Wild 'Blurred Lines' Deposition
  2. 2
    Radisson suspends its sponsorship from Vikings due to Adrian Peterson
  3. 3
    KFOR: Cabbie carjacking leads to chase, suspect admits crime to news cameras
  4. 4
    KOCO: Serious ammonia spill at Blazers Ice Centre, firefighters say
  5. 5
    News 9: SkyDance Bridge Suffers Structural Problems
+ show more