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Reggie Miller wonders if Kevin Durant is too sensitive to play in New York

There has been widespread speculation that Kevin Durant conceivably could join the New York Knicks as a free agent this coming offseason, but one NBA legend questions whether the superstar has the mental toughness to make it under the bright lights in the big city.

Reggie Miller of course never played for the Knicks, but he long held the title of Public Enemy No. 1 for the team’s fans while starring as a villain with the Indiana Pacers. Still, Miller understands how the New York media can be as cutthroat as they come when it comes to covering the city’s professional athletes.

“Here’s my question: If he’s a little surly and upset by what an Athletic writer wrote about him – if he has a couple bad games in New York, under that microscope – he’s really going to be upset,” said Miller in a TNT conference call to preview the station’s coverage of the All-Star game Sunday, via the New York Daily News. “So you have to factor in everything when you’re considering joining the New York Knicks, the No. 1 media market in the world and in our game. So you can’t be upset with the media when you’re back-to-back NBA champions and you’re back-to-back MVPs and you think the kitchen is hot now, if you think joining the Knicks and the expectations that follow that, there’s a lot that comes with it.”

Miller added he believes Durant will not be joining the Knicks, citing reasons beyond the media scrutiny it would entail.

Durant has been enjoying a notoriously contentious relationship with the media, especially since he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors. It was just last week that Durant lashed out at the media, incidentally related to ongoing rumors about his interest in joining the Knicks.

Further, Durant accused reporters of trying to make him “look crazy” due to his reaction to the media’s ongoing narrative that he’s overly sensitive and insecure. However, the case can be made in light of Durant’s antics at times that he is indeed prone to overreacting to criticism.