Another chapter in Kevin Durant vs. the haters has begun.
After taking aim at the media in the summer for labeling him as “sensitive,” going back-and-forth with a 17-year-old who challenged his legacy before that and sparring in a Twitter exchange with Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, Durant has now taken his vendetta to the voters of NBA regular season awards.
“You know they’re not gonna give me anything,” Durant said on Wednesday during an interview with the San Francisco radio station 95.7 The Game.
Durant has won the regular season MVP and has claimed the last two NBA Finals MVP awards. He said his decision to join the already-loaded Golden State Warriors in 2016 has prompted his regular-season prowess to be overlooked — especially for an award such as defensive player of the year.
“Even if it’s on the fence, I have to be clear-cut better than everybody for me to even get a look,” Durant said in the radio interview. “I mean, it’s just pure hate for me obviously, and no appreciation for my real skill for the game. But I get it. I understand where we’re (the Warriors) coming from. I understand what we have here in this building that scares everybody.
Durant added: “You know, accolades, that stuff is kind of long gone for me unless it’s like Finals or something like that where it’s probably pretty even. But regular season awards, I mean I’m never gonna get a look when it comes to that, especially playing here for the Warriors.”
The NBA’s regular season awards are determined by around 100 media member votes. The National Basketball Players Association began its own player-voting awards system in 2015.