Kevin Durant: ‘Some days I hate the NBA’
Kevin Durant is known for making headline-grabbing remarks, and the enigmatic Brooklyn Nets star delivered another whopper in a recent interview.
Speaking to J.R. Moehringer of The Wall Street Journal, Durant weighed in on myriad topics, but his evident disdain for the day-to-day grind of the NBA away from the court — and how it negatively impacts his love for the game of basketball — is sure to turn heads.
“Some days I hate the NBA,” Durant said. “Some days I hate the circus of the NBA. Some days I hate that the players let the NBA business, the fame that comes with the business, alter their minds about the game. Sometimes I don’t like being around the executives and politics that come with it. I hate that.”
Durant is no stranger to getting caught up in off-the-court scrutiny and the like, going back to the years-long speculation that surrounded his upcoming free agency during his final seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
His decision to join the Golden State Warriors led to accusations that Durant was chasing championships, something that may have ultimately inspired his decision to leave the team this summer and forge his own path with the Nets.
It certainly sounds like Durant would prefer to simply play basketball and avoid all the trappings of celebrity culture and the clearly unwanted attention. Unfortunately, the fortune, fame and scrutiny that comes with being one of the greatest basketball players on the planet are a package deal, so Durant has no choice but to roll with those unfortunate components of his NBA career.