The news of Kobe Bryant’s retirement at the end of the season is the biggest story in the NBA right now. Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant had some harsh moments about the media due to it. Durant feels the media’s criticism of Bryant’s falling play this season went overboard and was the wrong way to treat a legend.
Durant proclaimed his fandom of Kobe and called out the media with the following quotes:
“I did idolize Kobe Bryant. I studied him, wanted to be like him. He was our Michael Jordan.
I watched Michael toward the end of his career with the Wizards and I seen that’s what Kobe emerged as the guy for us. I’ve been disappointed this year because you guys (media) treated him like shit.
He’s a legend and all I hear is about how bad he’s playing, how bad he’s shooting, time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like shit and I didn’t really like it. Hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year.
It was sad the way he was getting treated. He had just an amazing career, a guy who changed the game for me as a player mentally and physically. Means so much to the game of basketball. Someone I’m always gonna look to advice for anything. Just a brilliant, brilliant, intelligent man.
Sad to see him go. He put his mark on the game.”
Durant’s vendetta against the media continues but it is nice to see him speak freely about his appreciation for Bryant.