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Golden State Warriors submit Kevin Durant, who did not speak publicly with the media for nine days, made it Wednesday in a heated postgame press conference following his team's 141-102 victory over San Antonio Spurs.
When asked why he hadn't spoken to the media recently, Durant made the following comment, by Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game:
Mark Medina from Mercury News presented footer of the press:
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Durant had a near triple double against San Antonio with 23 points, nine aids and eight rebounds for 29 minutes.
His team has won 13 of his last 14 games and is currently the first in the Western Conference. The warriors are the clear favorites to win another title, their fourth in five years.
But much of the conversation about Durant this year has not involved his on-court games. This is not his fault, as his impending free agency obviously has caused much talk and speculation about where he ends up.
One of the potential destinations proposed is New York Knicks . Google "Durant Knicks" and you'll find a variety of sources linking the two, like this from Stefan Bondy from the New York Daily News .
Durant was also involved in a trial dispute with Draymond Green, which led the warriors to suspend the latter for a game. The outcome from that moment stretched long enough for Durant to ask if the chats would last "all year round."
Durant has every right to be annoyed and disturbed. He is on a very thoughtful team with a massive media strain that documents his every move. It's part of the job, but it doesn't seem easy for him to control his emotions as he repeatedly hears the same issues, especially with regard to his upcoming free agency.
However, NBA's popularity has risen to the point where it can take Twitter during the Super Bowl week. Fans' demand for content is sky-high and journalists do their job. It's a tough situation for all parties, as Durant's decision will be massive news this summer.
Such is the life of the NBA now.
Forty years ago, the NBA final was on tape delay. Now, if you don't update Twitter every five minutes, you're out of the loop.
Navigating this reality is a challenge for both Durant and the media ahead.