We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma. Thursday’s headline in The Oklahoman on Kevin Durant’s performance in the Memphis series missed the mark.
The words were overstated and unduly harsh. The headline and presentation left the impression that we were commenting on Durant’s season, career or even character. We were not. We were referring only to the Memphis series.
The fact the headline and presentation left that impression with so many readers is proof that we failed.
For what it’s worth, Durant shrugged off the hypercritical headline and the associated critique of his play thus far in the series.
Durant on The Oklahoman’s headline: “That’s what they’re supposed to write. I didn’t come through for the team.”
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 1, 2014
Durant’s teammate, Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, wasn’t feeling it.
Westbrook on the headline: “That’s BS in my eyes.” — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 1, 2014
Neither did Durant’s mom.
Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!
— Wanda Pratt (@MamaDurant) May 1, 2014
Now that’s something. Having your mother on Twitter defending you. That’s as bad as her showing up at the playground and yelling at people who said mean things about you. Sheesh.
We’ll have to wait and see if Kevin Durant will use the headline and column as motivation in a must-win Game 6 on Thursday night, so long as he can get over his mommy coming to his rescue on social media.
[H/T Pro Basketball Talk]