Author: Kurt Helin

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Kevin Durant: “I really don’t give a damn what people got to say… I’m not looking for no sympathy”


Kevin Durant, the NBA’s MVP and golden child, has heard more criticism in the past few months than he’s used to. It’s not Kobe level criticism, but he gets some.

First he backed out of a commitment to Team USA this summer, which left him open to some shots. Then he suffered a broken foot that required surgery, which has sidelined him for the start of the season — you can’t criticize a guy for an injury (well, the twitter verse will sometimes anyway) but he and Westbrook being down put the Thunder in danger of missing the playoffs, and even if they do it will be a long road from a low seed. Another year without a title will lead to whispers — unfair whispers, but they’ll be there — that Durant can’t lead a team to a ring.

Durant doesn’t care what you think. He doesn’t want your sympathy. He’s just feeling like Aretha — he wants some R-E-S-P-E-C-T, he told Michael Lee of the Washington Post.

“I really don’t give a damn what people got to say,” Durant said. “I really don’t care if they cut me slack or they don’t. I’m not looking for no sympathy from nobody. I’m not looking for no praise from nobody. It’s all good, either way with me. I just look for respect from teammates as a player and as a man. That’s what I want. All that other stuff, I learned how to tune that stuff out and not worry about. I used to think about it. ‘Are they going to cut me slack? Do they love me if I play this way.’ I really don’t give a damn….

“You can’t please everybody,” Durant continued. “I can go out there and average 50 points a game, it’s always going to be something people say. If you don’t like me for it, so what?”

KD, not always so nice.

You have to like that he’s developed a bit of an edge, a tougher skin over the years. He’s going to do what he’s going to do and he’s not listening to everyone else about it anymore.

I think the Thunder will make the playoffs, that they can get to the 48-49 wins it will take to get the eight seed in the West — but that’s as high as they go. Look at it this way: currently the 7 seed in the West, Dallas, is on pace for 59 wins. The Thunder aren’t getting anywhere near that number, or even the mid 50s, so they aren’t getting higher than the eight seed without help.

What will be interesting is to see teams jockey to avoid the Thunder in the first round. That’s a sign of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Blake Griffin gets January court date for misdemeanor battery charge

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Daniel Schuman claims that Blake Griffin squeezed his hand and shoulder then slapping him in a Las Vegas night club back in October (when the Clippers were in town for a preseason game). The Las Vegas Police investigated and the Clark County D.A. charged Griffin with misdemeanor battery.

Griffin’s attorney was in court on the case Monday for procedural steps and a court date in January has been set for the prelims, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen set a Jan. 12 status check in the misdemeanor battery case. That hearing will be the next step in determining whether Griffin will face trial on the charge.

“I told the court that I had been talking to the prosecuting attorney and we agreed to set a date for the status check,” Griffin’s attorney, Richard Schonfeld, told the Los Angeles Times. “I have completed my independent investigation and will be prepared to present it to the court.”

Griffin has said he could not comment on the charges but felt confident in the situation. He apologized to his teammates for the distraction.

While in theory Griffin could get up to six months in jail for this, the reality is even if he is convicted — and we are a long, long way from that — he would get a fine and community service.

PBT Extra: Golden State is NBA’s hottest team but can they sustain it?

Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors

Golden State has won a dozen in a row and while it hasn’t exactly come against a murder’s row (save for a quality win over the Bulls) they have been the best team in the NBA to start this young season.

In the latest PBT Extra Jenna Corrado asks: Can the Warriors sustain it?

I think they can so long as Andrew Bogut stays healthy. Coach Steve Kerr has done a great job of getting guys in positions to play to their strengths, and the Warriors are running smarter sets this season. But the real key is their defense. Keep playing like that on the defensive end and the Warriors are title contenders.