Ever since Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to chase rings and join the Golden State Warriors in the summer of 2016, he’s kind of fallen into the category of villain, hasn’t he? Like, he went from that cool, relatable athlete who showed up at press conferences wearing a backpack to a guy who all of a sudden acts tough and talks sh*t. Maybe this is the real KD, but it’s just strange to see him pull a 180 on everyone, right?
The latest example of Kevin Durant trying to stir up some drama was in an article with Shams Charania of The Athletic, where he said that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant should, basically, be considered the GOATs, and that LeBron James wouldn’t even be part of the debate. I mean, what else is he going to say, right? Bron is still the best player in the world, but he’s still in the league, and is who Durant still strives to become on some level. He ain’t going to respect “The King” while they’re still playing one another at least four times a year. Still, that’s some shade.
However, another interesting part of that interview in The Athletic was Durant’s, somewhat weird, obsession with Michael Jordan. In fact, just listen to what the two-time NBA champ makes all of his house guests do anytime the come over.
“Everybody that comes to my house, whether it’s friends or family, I make them watch Jordan highlights. This is equivalent to (Albert) Einstein … f*cking (Ludwig van) Beethoven … or (Barack) Obama. This is the greatest talent and athletes and minds of the world. Just because they play sports, people think one way. But they’re masters, they’re geniuses. I just started realizing that a few years ago: Watching those guys can really spark my creativity.”
As much as I find this odd AF, I guess it’s kind of cool in a strange, fanboy, I-want-to-be-better-than-MJ kind of way. I mean, who the hell didn’t spend a good portion of their childhood watching highlights of Michael Jordan dunking on people like Dikembe Mutombo, or hitting that epic game-winner (and then posing) in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals? Seriously, I still can’t watch that without getting chills. As a teenager? Oh, I cried.
But, sheesh, Kevin Durant is a grown ass man, not a teenager who should still have Jordan posters hanging on his bedroom wall. So this whole “requirement” of watching Jordan highlights might be awesome in some sort of way — and serve as a tribute to the best there ever was — but it’s still pretty strange, man. But that’s just my personal opinion.