Kevin Durant says stay-in-bed talk was taken ‘a little too literal’
Kevin Durant said earlier this week that he stayed in bed for two days following the announcement that he would be joining the Golden State Warriors. It turns out that everyone simply was taking the comments way too literally, so says Durant.
Durant attempted to downplay the entire situation during comments made Wednesday and reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Lee.”I think you guys took that a little too literal,” Durant said, reportedly with a laugh. “I just hung out. I stay in the house all the time. That’s not the first time I did that. Me and my bro [Rayvonne] hung out. I was just joking, don’t take me serious.”
Perhaps sensing that it would be best to maintain a low profile in the immediate fallout of the big announcement, here’s how Durant originally characterized the first 48 hours after revealing his free agency decision.
“For a few days after I didn’t leave my bed (later he clarified, his rented house in the Hamptons) because I was like ‘if I walk outside somebody might just hit me with their car, or say anything negative to me,'” Durant said in part.
Regarding criticisms levied against him from the likes of Charles Barkley, Durant added Wednesday he tries not to let it impact him.
“All that stuff happens on the Internet. I haven’t had one person come to me and say anything negative. … It’s easy for the critics on the outside to tell you what to do, to tell you how to play,” he said. “I’m the one that’s going through it, so I can’t really worry about the outside noise. The work don’t stop. Everything stays the same.”
Durant not surprisingly became the source of scorn over his decision to create a superteam with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and company. Some called him a traitor to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Others, such as Barkley, accused him of chasing a championship in unflattering fashion.
Obviously, there is a vast difference between literally staying in bed for two days and hanging out and spending time with family out of the public eye. But Durant’s initial comments — and his clarifying remarks afterward — certainly illustrate his state of mind after what must have been an extremely difficult decision.
[Pro Basketball Talk]