Kevin Durant says he was a ‘phony’ in OKC, now he’s the ‘real me’
Kevin Durant apparently claimed in a text message to FOX Sports’ Chris Broussard that how he conducts himself now is a representation of his true self. Meanwhile, the way he presented himself during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder was simply a byproduct of him being a “phony.”
Broussard relayed the details of his exchange with Durant during Wednesday’s edition of “First Things First” on FS1.
“Durant texted me and said: ‘the guy you see now is the real me. The guy in OKC was the phony, I was just trying to please everybody.'” — @Chris_Broussard pic.twitter.com/DRlvftC91J
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) August 1, 2018
“The guy you see now is the real me,” Durant told Broussard in the text. “The guy in Oklahoma City was the phony. I was just trying to please everybody and do what I thought everybody wanted me to do.”
Durant’s has been in the news quite a bit recently, and most of the coverage has been relatively unflattering. So much so, in fact, that Durant recently accused the media of portraying him as “insecure” adding, “I know y’all trying to make me look crazy and discredit me and strip me of my credibility.”
Durant’s comments were in the wake of a social media beef with Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum, who had just hosted the Golden State Warriors star on his podcast. Social media outbursts are common for this version of Durant, especially ever since he joined the Warriors.
Keeping his comments to Broussard in mind, it appears Durant is merely showcasing his “real me” now, not the “phony” from his OKC days. Although it merits noting at least one outspoken NBA analyst believes Durant’s tough guy persona “doesn’t work,” real or not.