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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant spoke with members of the media for the first time in nine days on Wednesday night, and voiced his displeasure towards the amount of attention his impending free agency is getting.
Following the team’s 141-102 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Durant told reporters to “grow up” and ended up walking out of the press conference.
Durant’s media silence in the days after the New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a cap-saving move led to near-hysteric speculation that the former MVP could be leaving the Bay Area for New York this summer.
“I have nothing to do with the Knicks,” Durant said on Wednesday night. “I don’t know who traded Porzingis. It ain’t got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball. You come in here every day and ask me about free agency, ask my teammates, my coaches, you rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball, that’s all I’m saying.”
Durant’s impending free agency has been a topic of discussion throughout the season, and the furor seemed to reach a fever pitch after a highly-publicized altercation between Durant and teammate Draymond Green in November.
The buzz appeared to die down over the next couple of months, only for it to roar back louder than ever after the Porzingis trade last week.
The Warriors star singled out one reporter, The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss, after Strauss wrote a column titled, “Silent star: On the presumed Warriors’ exit of Kevin Durant” on Tuesday.
“You have a dude, Ethan Strauss who comes in here and gives his own opinion on stuff and makes it seem like it’s coming from me,” Durant said. “… I don’t trust none of you all. Every time I say something, you try to twist it up. I just want to play ball, go to the gym and go home. Is that a problem?”
After the discussion pivoted back to basketball, Durant simply said, “I’m done, you know you don’t care about that,” before walking out.
You can watch parts of the press conference in the videos above.
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