This offseason, Kevin Durant got his first NBA villain starter kit. Rick James and Tupac tattoos? Check. Firing off shots in the media at his former organization? Check. Kanye mosh pit? Check. Screaming at himself while shooting alone in a gym? According to reports from today, check. You don’t want to mess with that guy, he’s loco.
Durant’s move to the Warriors is the biggest free agent exodus since LeBron left Cleveland and headed to South Beach, amidst a sea of fan resentment and hostility that followed him all the way to his historic Finals collapse against the Mavericks in his first year.
This year, the Warriors and Durant will carry the torch as the NBA’s most hated super team, with Kevin Durant symbolizing the new East Bay syndicate, and some fans’ hatred of the concept of its existence.
Today in The Herd, Colin noted that a year of being the villain took its toll on James, so he dropped the act. He thinks LeBron is far more mentally tough than Durant, who he’s described as having “rabbit ears” to outside criticism in small market Oklahoma City. Durant hasn’t proven he’s capable of handling with all eyez on him.
“I think this whole year for Durant is going to be a case study of a kid that’s easily influenced, and how the national villain narrative plays with him above the shoulders. I don’t it’s gonna be great. I think he’s gonna be squawkin. I think he’s gonna be doing interviews. I think he’s gonna be talking more shots at OKC. He’s in a gym, screaming at himself, shooting jumpers yesterday.”
In the NBA, the weight is heavy on he who hasn’t worn the crown.
The gap between LeBron and Kevin Durant is the size of the Grand Canyon. pic.twitter.com/yeuEygruRH
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 28, 2016