None too many were happy with the headline of the Thursday Thunder Extra section.
Our take: The headline is about the context, not the character of the man or the full scope of what Durant has done in this MVP season. Kevin Durant’s season (and career) has been as reliable as any in history. It’s the Memphis series we’re talking about, as Berry Tramel explains in his column here.
Sports editor Mike Sherman explains that the headline missed the mark here.
It’s fair for you, the reader, to criticize. Here’s a small sample of what you thought, good, bad and in between:
For real, yo? pic.twitter.com/kj2uo4lRNg
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) May 1, 2014
— Eric Kaplan (@el_kapitan42) May 1, 2014
So, just checking: It's not OK for the newspaper to criticize but it is OK for the TV station to be a cheerleader?
— Andrew Gilman (@AndrewGilmanOK) May 1, 2014
— Dillon Tarver (@dilly_bones) May 1, 2014
— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) May 1, 2014
“@jayjazzyjas_: Mr. Unreliable? Thee very front page? Seriously? The Oklahoman got it wrong. All wrong!” I'm seriously pissed off about it.
— Rachel Smith (@rrachelsmithh) May 1, 2014
@d_timexo and that's why 1) the Oklahoman newspaper sucks and is in a dying industry. 2) KD might leave us in three years..
— Dave Ngo (@DaveNgo06) May 1, 2014
Folks mad about the KD/Oklahoman headline are the same ones who think the only reason their team loses is because the REFS TOOK IT FROM US!
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) May 1, 2014
Also, I really hope no one at The Oklahoman legitimately thinks KD is unreliable. But hey, we're all talking about it, so they did their job
— Chris Hanneke (@channeke5) May 1, 2014
Mr. Unreliable? Does anyone at the Oklahoman watch the games? You know he's gonna be MVP this year, right? We're talking about the same KD?
— Kyle Clopton (@KyleClopton) May 1, 2014
— Adam Klug (@Adam_Klug) May 1, 2014
— Graham Coffelt (@GrahamThe59) May 1, 2014
Have the Thunder used their amnesty provision yet or are they going to have to ride out KD's contract?
— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) May 1, 2014
I swear to God, if this works and KD shakes loose for Game 6… I got nothing. There will be nothing I can do.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 1, 2014
— The Village (@TheVillageOK) May 1, 2014
— Rob Vera (@TheRobVera) May 1, 2014
Interesting that The Oklahoman is aiming it's criticism at Durant who, you know, had one of the greatest seasons ever, and not Scott Brooks
— Zach Salzmann (@ZSalzmann) May 1, 2014
Headline too harsh? Debate. But no debate as to Durant’s struggles in series. Newspaper’s role isn’t to cheerlead. pic.twitter.com/XwCFehoMf3
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) May 1, 2014
If KD leaves in 2016 people are gonna burn down the Oklahoman newspaper building. #MrUnreliable
— Smallz #TBE (@SmallzYT) May 1, 2014
Analyzing and (yes) criticizing are fair — local media aren't a team's cheerleaders — but this is a pretty wild way to frame the story.
— Chris Lusk (@chrismlusk) May 1, 2014
THIS. @JonesOnTheNBA: Re: KD/Oklahoman headline: People need to keep in mind that the writer of the story often doesn’t write the headline.”
— Whitt Carter (@WhittCarter) May 1, 2014
Cute Oklahoman. Just because the only reason anyone outside your city (and Seattle) cares about your team is Durant…
— Pinwheel Empire (@pinwheelempire) May 1, 2014
@JonesOnTheNBA huge OKC fan, born and raised Oklahoman. Can confidently say that the headline isn't representative of what people think here
— Jay Scears (@scearstower) May 1, 2014
I don't agree with the Oklahoman headline but I won't criticize them for it if they believe it. Journalism is supposed to be objective.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 1, 2014
This Oklahoman thing is stupid. More often than not, players take the money. Don't really care about newspaper headlines.
— Dan Simpson (@DSimpson88) May 1, 2014
It's turrible that The Oklahoman did that to KD. He's been so reliable over the years. He's a human being. People get way too invested
— Trey Gatzman (@TreyGatzman20) May 1, 2014
— #⃣CeeLoHendrix (@CeeLoPacino) May 1, 2014