Kevin Durant wants the public to enjoy the regular season more
To say the least Kevin Durant and the Nets made NBA news this summer with the former’s transfer request, then the firing of Steve Nash this fall and the controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving.
The winger also recently explained how, during the franchise’s winning streak “There is nothing to say off the pitch” so that “There are no more discussions around our team”. Kevin Durant pointed his finger at his finger “outside world” so that “media and fans”, who talks a lot and feeds this noise.
In an interview with ESPN, Kevin Durant rightly pointed out the role of fans who consume more than they watch the NBA. This ultimately distorts their judgment about the players.
“The fans have become more demanding than anything else” He believes in the Brooklyn star. “They are starting to question our motivations, our approach to basketball. Those who ask themselves these questions, who are you? Shut up and watch the matches, that’s all. We give it our all as much as our bodies allow. People see us only during matches, but there are trainings, trips, shootings. We are constantly moving. As a result, not every match can be played at the same level of intensity as in the playoffs. Fans need to remember this: players travel, sometimes it’s the last game of the trip and it can be a little soft. So they can enjoy everything because there are so many games in NBA. »
“You have to appreciate what the players bring. You have to love the challenge of what you do.”
With his speech, the 2017 and 2018 Finals MVP defends the regular season, its duration and its twists and turns like his daily show.
“So first the fans have to stop taking us for granted. We need to stop putting pressure on every athlete to meet people’s standards. Then you have to evaluate what the players bring. Every day there are seven or eight matches every evening on average. You rarely have off nights in the NBA, so you have to like the challenge of what you do. And not just looking at the money and expecting us to perform the way people expect us to, to live up to their standards. So the dialogue around the league will be less intense, less watered down or reduced to smaller stories. We consume a lot, so we take everything for granted. The NBA is part of that. »
As a result, should the regular season be changed by shortening it to make it more interesting, as the league has been considering for several years?
“I don’t think there’s a problem with the regular season.” former Thunder and Warriors respond. “Basketball is in safe hands. I think people have learned to consume things differently. Maybe they don’t enjoy the game of basketball as much as they used to. The more things there are, the more they are taken for granted. We are a huge company, really huge. From what we’ve seen in popularity and discussion, the regular season, Summer League, free agency, the trade deadline, the Draft, all of which people value. I don’t see the problem. »
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