The NBA announced on Friday that Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was fined $15,000 for “using profane language during a media interview and disrespecting an NBA Security interview.” as part of the review process”. Durant’s comments came after the team’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this week.
At one point during his postgame press conference, Durant was asked about the Nets’ recent scheduling issues. Due to COVID-19, several games have been postponed in December. One of them, a game with the Blazers, was rescheduled for Monday and forced the Nets to a back-to-back game in which they played in Brooklyn on Sunday and then across the country again in Portland just 24 hours later. late. With this makeup game crammed into the schedule, the Nets suddenly had four games in five nights and were traveling thousands of miles.
Durant dismissed the issue and used profanity to make his point.
“We do not care?” Durant said. It’s part of the game, it’s part of who we are. We were in the league. We have young guys. We do not care? They had to get up to play. They throw shit at you, you gotta figure out how to get around that. We still had a chance to win this game. We do not care?”
“That’s what championship teams go through, it’s a bit of adversity,” Durant continued. “They play little games throughout the season to help you improve. It’s an opportunity for us to do the same. I’m not looking for excuses about the lack of flights or our schedule. Everyone’s schedule is f—– up, you know what I’m saying?”
His comments were in no way offensive or blatant, but the league doesn’t want players saying words like that when speaking with the media. And in any case, the biggest problem seems to be that Durant didn’t want to meet with the league to discuss the situation.
As for the schedule situation, it’s no surprise that Durant refused to apologize; he’s not the type of player he’s been throughout his career. But while he won’t admit it, things have been tough for the Nets lately, and it doesn’t help that they’ve often played shorthanded. They’ve lost six of their last nine games and tied for second in the Eastern Conference at 26-15.