Kevin Durant took a lot of criticism last year for deciding to join the Golden State Warriors, as it further strengthened their hold as the odds-on favorites to win the title. After winning the title last month, the shots fired against him did not stop, as he drew more flak from it, and he was labelled as someone who took the easy way out in securing the first championship of his career.
The Finals MVP fired back at his critics in his latest documentary, with the title “Still KD: Through the noise,” which was released on Tuesday on his YouTube channel, calling them bullies, and even said that he is not given enough credit for working hard to become a winner.
“It's easy for people to discredit (your hard work). It's hard to tune it out. I work hard as hell. … It's just a game to some people, but it's real life to us.”
Warriors general manager Bob Myers also recalled in the short film how brave Durant was when he announced that he would bring his talents to the Bay Area. He admired him for the courage that he showed and respects him for choosing what’s best for him and his family.
“Not a lot of people in his situation will express vulnerability, because it's perceived as weakness. Right before he made the decision, he said something like, ‘I don't know what to do. This is so hard.' That to me was pretty profound to hear that someone who's supposed to be some kind of superhero acknowledging he's a human being — which he obviously is. But somehow we forget that we all have to make these choices in our careers and they're hard.
“And sometimes there's a fork in the road. It's a tough one. And we all relate to that, but we don't have it plastered all over society.”
The said documentary is quickly becoming a must watch for his fans, and basketball fans in general. It already has more than 400,000 views so far and will certainly reach the one million mark in just a few days after its release.
A year after his much talked about announcement, Durant has vindicated himself for the decision he made. Although many still doubt his ability to win with a less talented group of players than the Dubs, he is still a winner at the highest level, and he will definitely not let anyone take that away from him.