Kevin Durant agreed to give a one-on-one interview with Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report this week to explain what happened over the summer between himself and the Brooklyn Nets. The article dropped one day after the Nets gave up 153 points in regulation to the Sacramento Kings and lost by 32. While Durant was insistent throughout the article that he's just happy to be playing basketball, he still doesn't sound super pleased with the position he's in.
To start, Durant initially demanded a trade because he didn't want to be in a position where everyone blamed him for losing when it was the whole team coming up short. Which is... not how any of this works? The superstar is always going to get the blame. Fair or not, that's what the deal is. Durant wouldn't have escaped that pressure somewhere else.
"I wasn’t feeling that, and nobody was on that same vibe with me. Jacque Vaughn is. I had some complaints in the summer, and my complaints were not about just me; it was about how we are moving as a unit. I want us to be respected out here in the basketball world. I don’t want players to look at us and say, ‘Oh man, these [expletive] are full of s--t. That’s not the type of team I want to be on.’ So when we’re all playing like s--t, you know the one person they’re going to look at. That’s why I requested a trade."
Later in the piece he attempted to channel the spirit of Ricky Bobby and said no offense but the other guys suck.