Kevin Durant says no one has criticized him to his face for joining the Warriors.
Durant left the only team for which he has dribbled a basketball professionally, the Oklahoma City Thunder, to join the record setting 73 win, NBA Champion runner up, Golden State Warriors, for the 2017 season.
The Warriors defeated the Thunder in historic fashion during the 2016 NBA Playoffs, causing Durant to face criticism from NBA players past and present.
“If u can’t beat um join um,” tweeted one time NBA Champion, Paul Pierce.
Former players such as Isaiah Thomas questioned whether they would ever have wanted to team up with such players as Larry Bird or Magic Johnson to chase a championship.
Durant, however, claims that these criticisms have lived solely on television and internet and have not affected his personal life.
“Though he has heard some criticism from Barkley and fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, various talking heads and people in social media who believe he has cheated the system and cut corners to a ring, Durant said the reaction to his choice hasn’t been too bad,” reported Mike Lee of Yahoo Sports.
“All that stuff happens on the Internet. I haven’t had one person come to me and say anything negative. … It’s easy for the critics on the outside to tell you what to do, to tell you how to play. I’m the one that’s going through it, so I can’t really worry about the outside noise. The work don’t stop. Everything stays the same,” claimed Durant.