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Durant’s Humble Act To Media Reaches New Heights

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I respect Kevin Durant’s game. Durant is not only is the 4th or 5th best player in the NBA, but his humble disposition with the media and fans is endearing, especially in this Summer of LeBron hatred. He’s a fluid, sweet-shooting scorer, who at 21 years young is the future of the NBA.

I do not however, agree with his comments Wednesday in response to an interesting question by Fanhouse’s Chris Tomasson.  When asked about making the FIBA World Championship all-tournament team, Durant responded:

“I doubt it,” said Durant about getting a spot on the team. “A lot of guys are doing better than I am. I’m just trying to go out there and win.”

Durant has never struck me as coy or the clever type with the media, but I’m beginning to think he’s morphing into a PR robot, saying all the right things, sounding like a programmed cliché with a jumper.

The guy is averaging 20 points per game on 60% FG, 92%FT and 43% from the 3-point line through 7 games, easily MVP numbers.

How could he realistically not feel he’s worthy of all-tournament consideration, let alone the MVP?………

Durant has lead Team USA to the semi-finals of the FIBA World Championship and has consistently been the best player, on the best National team in the world.  Either he has some serious insecurities about his game, or he’s playing you all.

Asked about the MVP thus far:

“He’s the best,” Durant said of Argentina forward Luis Scola, averaging 30.2 points and 8.0 rebounds in the event. “He’s had a hell of a tournament. MVP by far in this tournament. Win or lose, he has to be MVP because he’s putting on a show. He carried (Argentina on Tuesday with) 37 points. He’s tough to cover for anybody.’

Haha, KD is funny. Win or Lose KD? Really?

While Scola’s MVP worthiness was solidified after his masterful performance against Brazil, his embarrassing performance against heavy underdog Lithuania, totally took him out of contention for the award in my opinion.  As a basketball observer for nearly 30 years who has won championships on the collegiate (UCLA) and FIBA level (MVP Asia), I know that the MVP don’t go to dudes who can’t make it to the Final Four.

Since 1986, the FIBA World Championship MVP has been awarded to players that didn’t win the championship only twice. Drazen Petrovic did it in 86′, so did Dirk Nowitzki in 02′. ‘The MVP has never been awarded to a player that didn’t medal, with both Petrovic and Nowitski claiming bronze during their championship runs.

Nowitski remains the only player since 86′ to lead the tournament in scoring and win the MVP award, and without a medal this year Scola’s chances of winning the MVP are non-existent.  Though the powers that be who decide the award are usually biased to international players, they have never given the award to a player that hasn’t at least won a bronze medal.

Says a lot about FIBA.

The last time the NCAA tournament MVP (Most Outstanding Player) went to a player that didn’t win the championship was 1983, when Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon won it after losing to N.C.State in the Final.

The only time the NBA Finals MVP went to a player that didn’t win the title was 1969, when NBA icon Jerry West won the award after the Lakers lost to the Celtics in 7 games.

Scola is in pretty good company and his performance in this tournament won’t soon be forgotten.  I’m all for giving dudes props when warranted and Scola deserved them through the first 7 games of the tournament.

He was the most complete big man in the tournament, played over 35 minutes per game, and was the emotional leader for an Argentina team playing without superstar Manu Ginobli.  But the props cease after the 104-85 drubbing by a less talented Lithuania playing without several of it’s top players.

I’m not Durants PR team nor do I know who his ghost-twitter is, but I would like to hear some confidence come out of his mouth for a change, instead of the self-effacing rhetoric that is incredibly nauseating to hear over and over and over again.

[Fanhouse]

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2 Comments

  1. kevin September 10, 2010

    I agree to a certain degree. I think he sounds cliche because he a a true professional. MJ was like that and kobe originally. Give it time and he will become more of himself. I went to oak hill and played pick up with durant. Good guy. As you know, there are a bunch of dumbasses in the league and overseas. Most guys don’t know how to speak and cannot speak for themselves. So to have a well spoken player of his caliber is a good thing, especially if as you stated, 4th or 5th best now and the future of the league.

    I played 4 yrs overseas and am glad someone is deflecting the media, so he can just play his game.

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  2. Jerseychaser54 September 10, 2010

    @kevin

    From all accounts he seems like a good guy, I know several NBA players that speak highly of his character. Most describe him as fun-loving kid still.

    To be clear, I’m not asking KD to come out and talk stuff in the media, or be some cocky, arrogant egoist in his interviews. I would love to see KD achieve the ultimate greatness in this tournament and the NBA, which I think he could attain.

    But there is something to be said about a controlled, properly channeled mean-streak that could take him to that other-worldly level.

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