Stephen Curry defends Kevin Durant over lashing out at media
Kevin Durant lashed out at the media during his postgame comments Wednesday night, and Stephen Curry came to the defense of his Golden State Warriors teammate over the tense exchange.
Durant has remained remarkably silent in recent days as rumors swirled regarding his future, specifically as it relates to recent reports suggesting he could sign with the New York Knicks in free agency.
Kevin Durant’s press conference, forcefully pushing back against the Knicks rumor and the media’s treatment of him pic.twitter.com/aqqbK7APh2— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 7, 2019
Curry told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater he understands Durant’s frustration, saying all the speculation about one’s future can be become aggravating for a player.
“Honestly, I think it’s him not being able to control his own voice. He’s focused on basketball, and that’s what he should do. We want to see that KD every day. What he can’t control is BS that happens in the media or people making the decision for him or all this other stuff.
“In terms of him just playing basketball, focusing on what happens out there on the 94 feet, being there for us as teammates, and us being there for him, that’s what he can control. And I think he’s doing a great job of that.
“All that other stuff, I wouldn’t call it a distraction, but from his standpoint, frustrating. The way he plays basketball and the way he is as a teammate and all that type of stuff, that’s all we’re worried about, and I think he’s doing a great job of that.”
It’s no surprise that Curry felt compelled to speak out in support of his teammate, although it merits noting Durant’s outburst Wednesday night was not the first occasion in which he’s been hostile toward the media.
Further, whether Durant likes it or not, scrutiny is part and parcel of being among the NBA’s best players, and the fact that the media is covering what will be among the biggest stories of the upcoming offseason should not come as a shock to him.
What’s more, despite his frustration with the situation, Durant will continue to face a media keenly interested in what will come next in his career.