[Source] - I started responding. “Look, I think . . . ” But KD interrupted me, and just in the way I’m used to. He swiveled his head around the locker room. “Not so loud, bro,” he said. “Everybody don’t need to be hearing this.” Confused, I whipped my head around, seeing nary a threat. Quinn Cook, an affable friend of Kevin’s, was next to us, but the Kings’ impressively capacious locker room was otherwise empty. Why was KD worried about our conversation getting overheard by teammates when he wasn’t even establishing that this was off record? What was the big problem here?
I tried to make a few points, saying I didn’t begrudge him for having leverage with his contract, and insisted that I had good reason to write what I wrote. KD wasn’t impressed and accused me of trying to “rile up Steph’s fans.” He expressed that this was a constant theme in the Bay. All of us local guys just wanted to kiss Steph’s ass at his expense. This was KD’s consistent lament.
A new book by Ethan Strauss - who is as locked in to the Warriors as anyone in the country - just dropped and we're starting to get some highlights. Most notably people are talking about the rise and fall of Kevin Durant's time there in Golden State. It's impossible to not call it a success considering they won a couple of titles and that's all that matters. But it also shows that all the rumors of there being a power struggle and how KD felt about being the outsider there is all true.
Here's the thing. Yes, Durant sounds whiny and like a little bitch in a way here, but he ain't wrong. He was the outsider. He was the one who was going to get the blame no matter what because he left the Thunder to join the Warriors. If they won it was always 'well, yeah, they have Durant they should win.' If they lost it was Durant's fault first. It never went on Klay, it rarely went on Steph.
In reference to this story, the article was about how the Warriors were trying to make Durant happy from an offensive standpoint.
In January 2019, I wrote about how the Warriors worked hard to make Kevin Durant happy, in terms of offensive approach. A mutual friend told me that Kevin was livid over the article, so I braced for conflict. Some stars can get mad over a headline. I’d been on the receiving end of that. A couple sentences into the dressing down and you realize it’s all based on a tweet. You ask if they read the article and receive a, “I don’t HAVE to read the fucking article to . . . ” And so forth.
Now it's worth noting that Durant apparently reads everything. Not shocking considering he responds to people on Twitter and reacts to pretty much everything. It's why people go after him. If he didn't read shit he wouldn't react on Twitter and such therefore limiting people just making fun of him for going to the Warriors.
Speaking of that:
He would frequently squabble in direct-message conversations with the Warriors fans of Twitter, frequently accusing them of favoring Steph at his expense.
I want to say I understand it because Durant is still a relatively young guy that is during the social media age. But all this excerpt did was show that every rumor about Durant and the Warriors to be true. I don't even blame Durant! This is just who he is and you 100% deal with it if you're a team because he's a top-2 player in the league when healthy.
But yeah, just know that Durant does read 100% everything that's said about him.