Kevin Durant recently went after the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and their fans in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, calling them ‘venomous’ and ‘toxic’ for the way they treated KD when he first returned to OKC after joining the Golden State Warriors.
If that wasn’t enough, Durant went off on the Golden State Warriors, reflecting on his time at the Bay, stating he’ll “never be one of those guys” while referring to the Dubs’ core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala. This has stirred the pot within the Dubs nation, who aren’t so happy about KD’s claims.
Not only the Warriors fans feel that way but people around the league, too. For instance, NBA legend Dennis Rodman joined ESPN’s The Jump on Tuesday to discuss KD’s claims over his former team, stating that his comments were ‘selfish’. When asked if he understood how KD felt and the reason why he chose to leave the Warriors, Rodman replied:
“I think the mentality of players today is different than we had back in the 90s or the 2000s,” Rodman said. “I think is very selfish of KD, seriously. I don’t care if he’s listening. I don’t really care. I think the fact that we got the opportunity to play this game at a high level, especially when you have this easy to go out to perform and make $40, $45 million a year, and literally don’t have to play a season.
“I just don’t understand. I don’t understand why he would even come out and say something like that,” Rodman said. “I mean, embrace it. … I enjoyed it. I didn’t care who was the leader. I didn’t care who was the leading force, who was this and this, I just wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to win. I wanted to impact the city, I wanted to make people happy.”
I thought if anyone would relate to KD’s comments on joining the Warriors mid-dynasty, it would be Dennis Rodman. But Rodman surprised me by saying of Durant leaving Golden State, “I think it’s very selfish of KD, and I don’t care if he’s listening…” – and well, there was more: pic.twitter.com/q5e6hIp2cE
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) 10 de septiembre de 2019
As Rodman said, NBA players have different mentalities now. This whole KD situation and the way he managed his departure from both the Thunder and the Warriors says a lot about it. One could think that’s part of the past, but it looks like Durant doesn’t think that way.