OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Metta World Peace offer support for Marcus Smart

Durant went as far to say, “I'm not sure I would have reacted any different.” But his history suggests otherwise. Despite being verbally provoked plenty of times, Durant has never had a physical altercation with a fan.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 9, 2014

By coincidence, World Peace, now a member of the New York Knicks, was in Oklahoma City on Sunday. And he provided some unique perspective on the Smart situation.

“At 19 years old, when I came out of St. John's, I was fresh out the hood, fresh out of Queensbridge,” World Peace said. “So my mentality was still a struggle, defensive and things like that. So I wasn't really conscious.

“But I'm 34 years old now. (Smart's) a young kid. I wish I would have listened when I was a kid, to my elders or to people who had my best interest at heart. And then I wish I would have been more conscious at my age. Those are two things that if you were to reach out to a kid like Marcus, a talented kid, a future leader in the community, you would tell him those things.”

Within the Thunder and Knicks locker rooms, Smart seemed to have the support of players who will eventually become his peers. Whether it was in conversations off to the side or in comments to the media, the general consensus seemed to be “lesson learned.”

“We're all human,” Durant said. “Words do hurt. Some things should be kept to yourself, but that's the name of the game. Marcus Smart is a good kid. We should all love on him and show him some grace and move past it.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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