In the final media session with reporters before today's All-Star game, Kevin Durant had some harsh words for the media. Here's the relevant section from Darnell Mayberry's article at NewsOK.com:
On Friday morning, Durant made national headlines when he expressed his opinion about the media having too much power in selecting postseason NBA awards.
On Saturday, he took things a step further when asked about rampant speculation surrounding Thunder coach Scott Brooks’ job security.
"You guys really don’t know (expletive)," Durant told reporters in his final interview session before Sunday’s All-Star Game.
Durant was later asked what stories he would like the media to focus on more.
"To be honest, man, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to," Durant said. "So I really don’t care. Y’all not my friends. You’re going to write what you want to write. You’re going to love us one day and hate us the next. That’s a part of it. So I just learn how to deal with y’all."
Most of all, it's nice to see such a big vote of support for Scott Brooks. I really think that Brooks has been unfairly targeted for bad lineup management and offensive playcalling throughout the years. Furthermore, Brooks has done an incredible job of keeping the locker room behind him through his tenure, as I haven't heard a single bad word about Coach Brooks from any active or former Thunder player.
Beyond that, though, this is a real break from how Durant has traditionally portrayed himself. Be sure to check out Darnell's full article for more quotes that are greater reflections on how KD's personality has changed as a whole. It's really cool to see Durant finally start to break his super-clean image. I won't deny that KD has said some controversial things before, but he's never been profane or attacked "the media" directly.
I don't think this will lead to any crazily big shifts in Durant's personality, though. KD's still got to fulfill a ton of obligations in his life, and he still has to present a certain image in order to market himself and make money. All it really means is that he's going to be honest about his feelings, which could lead to a more entertaining character on and off the court. It will be interesting to see how KD crafts his image moving forward, especially considering how insanely watchable the outspoken Russell Westbrook has already been this season.