MEMPHIS — On the eve of the biggest game of his career, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant woke up Thursday morning to a find his name at the center of a brewing controversy that he had nothing to do with.
A local media outlet used the headline “Mr. Unreliable” to describe Durant. The claim soon caught fire on social media and the national airwaves.
With his team trailing 3-2 in the series, Durant was forced to answer questions about the headline after the morning practice. However, he didn’t rise to the bait and tried to stay focused on the game at hand.
“It’s all good,” Durant said. “I don’t really care. Coming from my paper back at home, that’s what they’re supposed to write. I didn’t come through for the team. So they got to write that type of stuff. As a player and as a competitor, it’s going to be good and bad days. People are going to build you up. They’re going to break you down. They don’t allow you to stay even keel, and I think that’s what I am. My teammates love me. My family loves me. That’s all that really matters to me. It is what it is. We got another opportunity tonight.”
Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook was not as diplomatic after hearing about the mini- controversy.
“That’s BS in my eyes,” Westbrook said. “The guy’s been great since he’s been in the league. He’s gotten better every season. One week ago you guys called him MVP. Now the next week you call him unreliable. So that don’t make sense to me. That don’t make any sense. That’s bogus, man. That don’t make no sense. That really don’t.”