Don’t get it twisted -Kevin Durant
As NBA All-Star week approaches, the chatter of who made the cut and who didn’t is becoming stronger by the day, and Kevin Durant is taking note. There were at least two very obvious snubs when the lineups were revealed–DeMarcus Cousins is having a career year but was initially left off, and Damian Lillard will not be suiting up at all on Sunday night–and as is the case every year, reporters, analysts and other media personnel are consistently debating who should have been left off of this year’s list to make way for more formidable candidates. The most obvious of those choices this year is Durant, who has put up All-Star numbers in the 22 games he’s played in this year, but has played in less than 50% of his team’s games. As difficult as it is to imagine All-Star festivities happening in New York City without a consensus Top 3 NBA player, the arguments that Lillard–who has very publicly expressed his feelings about the coaches’ decision–and others may have been more deserving is more than valid. Durant responded to those arguments, specifically the ones brought about by fellow players, via NewsOK writer Anthony Slater.
I don’t need the All-Star vote to validate me as a player. I’ve been on All-Star teams before. I’ve done things in this league. I don’t need that to validate me.
According to this tweet from Slater, that’s not all KD had to say.
Kevin Durant on his All-Star selection: “Whoever want my spot can play me one-on-one for it”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 6, 2015
Feel the burn, Damian. Feel the burn.