As he has before, Durant wanted to contextualize his latest comments.
Erik Horne of The Oklahoman:
Durant makes a fair point. Plenty of media rushed to call him thin-skinned without realizing the irony of their retorts.
So, feeding Durant’s desire for a conversation…
The media – as much as so many people can be described as a single entity – might dislike Durant attacking them as a means to shed his soft-spoken image. They might dislike Russell Westbrook‘s occasional testiness.
But more so, they enjoy watching those two stars play and appreciate their sound bites.
The media leaves the Thunder on the periphery of the championship discussion for one reason: The Warriors and Spurs have been amazing. In a typical year, Oklahoma City might be the favorite. But Golden State and San Antonio are having seasons for the ages. The Cavaliers also get credit, because they neared that level last season before Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving get hurt – and they have a far easier road to the Finals.
We all recognize how good the Thunder can be with Durant and Westbrook healthy. But this year, that still might not be enough.
That’s not nitpicking. It’s reality.
There needn’t be ulterior motives to say so.