Thunder's Kevin Durant calls Phil Jackson's remarks 'disrespectful'

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: April 16, 2010 at 8:32 am •  Published: April 15, 2010

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. I don’t disrespect nobody in this league. I respect every coach, every player, everybody. I never say anything bad about anybody else or question why they do this or do that. So for them to say that about me, I don’t even want to use no foul language.”

Durant said he doesn’t think Jackson’s comments will have any influence on how the officials call the series.

"If the refs pay attention to that and change how they call things because of that, that’s terrible,” Durant said. "That’s terrible to the game of basketball and to us. If that happens, then (coach) Scotty (Brooks) could talk, too. Or any other coach could talk, too, just so the refs could switch everything up. But I doubt they do that. "They’re smarter than that, and they have more skills than that as refs. So I don’t really worry about it too much.”

Brooks said Durant deserves the calls he’s gotten this season because of his aggressiveness attacking the rim.

The Thunder’s coach added that he’s not concerned with Jackson’s apparent attempt to work the referees.

And Durant didn’t care one bit that Jackson eventually linked the term "superstar” to him.

"Yeah,” he said, "but that’s after he said I get babied by the refs.”

Box score: Thunder 114, Grizzlies 105



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