OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors walked off of the court on Wednesday night with a 141-102 win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs — the Warriors’ largest win over San Antonio in the Steve Kerr era — thanks to a 49-point third quarter.
Despite scoring 15 points on the first quarter on his way to 23 points on the night, and dishing out nine of Golden State’s 42 assists against a Spurs team resting DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant fielded no questions about the actual game.
Addressing the media for the first time in nine days, Durant exploded on reporters in his post game press conference. In the heated exchange, Durant called out specific media member for mis reports about his impending free agency.
“I just don’t trust none of y’all,” Durant said. “Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out and so many different publications try to tear me down with my words that I say. So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem.”
Durant’s recent frustration stems from nation-wide speculation regarding where the two-time NBA Finals MVP will choose to play at the end of this season.
Given the fact that Durant signed a two-year contract with the Warriors that features a player option for the 2019-20 season, Durant has been linked to the New York Knicks. That speculation was cranked up seven days ago when New York traded Kristaps Porzingis, leaving reason to believe they are clearing our cap space for at least one big-time free agent acquisition, if not two.
Coincidentally — or not — Durant’s hiatus from speaking to the media began just two days before the move was officially announced.
“I have nothing to do with the Knicks,” Durant said. “I don’t know who traded Porzingis. They got nothing to do with me. I’m just trying to play basketball. Y’all come here every day and ask me about free agency. Ask my teammates, my coaches, you rile up the fans about it. Just let us play basketball. That’s all I’m saying.”
Durant went on to specifically call out Ethan Sherwood Strauss of the The Athletic, criticizing an article authored by the former ESPN employee on Tuesday stating that Durant will likely be choosing to leave for New York as “Draymond predicted back in November.”
Referencing the on-court spat that continued into the locker room on Nov. 13 between Durant and Green, the former voiced his displeasure with Strauss’ reporting.
“You got a dude, Ethan Strauss, come in here and just give his whole opinion of stuff and make it seem like it’s coming from me,” Durant said. “He just walks around here and don’t talk to nobody. Just walk in here and survey and make some like that … Grow up. Grow up. Yeah, you [speaking to Strauss], Grow up.”
After the heated exchange, the media was asked if they wanted to ask any questions regarding the actual game. When one reporter presented one, Durant abruptly ended the press conference.
“I’m done,” Durant said. “I’m done. You know you don’t care about that. Have a good night.”
After Durant stormed out of the conference room, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry applauded Durant for his ability as a basketball player.
“Honestly I think it’s about him not being able to control his own voice,” Curry said. “What he can’t control is the B.S. that happens in the media or people making the decision for him and all this other stuff.
“In terms of him playing basketball and focusing on what happens out there on those 94 feet, being there for us as teammates and us being there for him: that’s what he can control. And I think he’s doing a great job of that.”
Full transcript of Durant’s postgame exchange:
We noticed you haven’t talked in a while. Is it anything to do with something on your mind?
Durant: “Why do you care? I didn’t feel like talking the last couple of days. Nah, I just didn’t feel like it.”
Anything to do with the conversation about free agency?
Durant: “That’s the conversation that you’re going to have. I don’t think about that kind of stuff. That’s your job.”
You’ve been around the noise for so long. Is it bothering you more this year? Is it louder this year?
Durant: “Its unnecessary. You got a dude Ethan Strauss come in here and just give his whole opinion of stuff and make it seem like it’s coming from me. He just walks around here and don’t talk to nobody. Just walk in here and survey and make some like that. Now y’all piling on me because I don’t want to talk to y’all about that. I have nothing to do with the Knicks. I don’t know who traded Porzingis. That’s got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball. Y’all come in here every day and ask me about free agency. Ask my teammates, my coaches, you rile up the fans about it. Just let us play basketball. That’s all I’m saying. Now when I don’t want to talk to y’all, it’s a with me. C’mon man. Grow up. Grow up. Yeah, you, grow up. C’mon bro. I come in here and go to work every day. I don’t cause no problems. I play the right way. Well, I try to play the right way. I try to be the best player I can be every possession. What’s the problem? What am I doing to y’all?”
You weren’t talking to the media?
Durant: “So? Who are you? Why do I got to talk to you? Tell me. Is that going to help me do my job better? Nah. I didn’t think feel like talking.”
We got the message loud and clear that the free agent thing was off limits
Duant: “So what’s the problem now?”
You’re not usually quiet, we’re all getting questions from fans like ‘Where is Kevin?’
Durant: “I just don’t trust none of y’all. Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out and so many publications try to tear me down with my words that I say. So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem. I just want to play ball. I want to go to the gym and go home. That’s all. Is that a problem? Alright.”
Raymond Ridder: “Any game questions?
How were you playing? How’s the team playing?
Durant: “You know you don’t care about that. I’m done.”
I just asked you.
Durant: “Have a good night.”NBA