Julius Randle, David Fizdale react to Kevin Durant’s Knicks shade
Kevin Durant directed some shade at the New York Knicks earlier this week, and David Fizdale and Julius Randle have since reacted to the superstar’s takedown.
Durant, in his latest explosive interview, called out the Knicks organization by arguing that the younger players of this era don’t view the team as favorably as previous generations.
“I think a lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these younger players who, in their lifetime, don’t remember the Knicks being good (to sign)…,” Durant said Tuesday on “EBRO In The Morning” on HOT 97. “It’s like, the cool thing right now is not the Knicks.”
To no surprise, members of the Knicks were asked about Durant’s diss.
“S–t, I know I feel cool putting on that blue and orange,” Randle said Wednesday, according to Steve Popper of Newsday. “I don’t know about everybody else, but I feel pretty cool wearing my Knicks gear everyday. It’s a dream come true for me.
“Everybody has their own opinion, and I know [Kevin Durant], I don’t think he meant it as a slight, honestly. I feel cool walking into this practice facility, and I know for sure I’m gonna feel cool walking into that Garden Friday night knowing that’s my home court.”
Fizdale, meanwhile, noted the only opinions that matter are those coming from players on the team, not anyone from the outside.
“That’s an opinion. I like the guys that wanted to be here,” Fizdale said. “We got seven guys that really wanted to be a part of the Knicks and that’s what I’m focused on.”
The Knicks were long believed to be Durant’s top choice once he reached free agency this past offseason, but it sounds like he never really considered signing with them when it came time to make his decision.
In the end, Durant opted to sign with the Nets alongside his pal Kyrie Irving, and the rest is history. It arguably makes no sense for the Knicks to get all up in arms over whatever Durant is saying about the organization at this point.