Nets superstar Kevin Durant punished by NBA for interview mishaps
The Brooklyn Nets are coming off a resounding victory over the Eastern Conference leaders, the Chicago Bulls. But not everything is rosy for the Nets, and particularly for superstar Kevin Durant. The NBA announced that Durant has been fined $15,000 for comments he made speaking to the media Monday night.
Here is NBA’s release on $15,000 fine for Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant: pic.twitter.com/oAFDKKsEmn
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 14, 2022
According to the press release, Durant specifically was fined for using profane language during a media interview following the Nets’ 114-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night. He also reportedly failed to comply with an NBA Security interview as part of the review process.
Following the loss, Durant was asked about potentially being worn down, having played so many minutes. Durant’s initial response went viral, saying “No, let me die out there.” He then clarified saying that he felt fine and is not concerned with the extra minutes.
The future Hall of Fame forward is having one of the best seasons of his career. He is averaging 29.7 points per game, which leads the NBA. He is also pulling down 7.5 boards per game, dropping six assists, a steal, and a block per game. His efficiency is also off the charts again. He is shooting 52 percent from the field, 37 percent from downtown and 89 percent from the free throw line.
Despite the Nets’ struggled with injuries and COVID-19, Durant helped keep the team among the league’s elite. Brooklyn is tied with the Miami Heat at 26-15, two games back of the Bulls for the top spot in the East. Brooklyn next host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.