Kevin Durant just won his second NBA championship and NBA Finals MVP award in as many years. And he’s…he’s…well, he’s still basically trying to defend his decision to join the Golden State Warriors.
Speaking with Yahoo Sports’ Michael Lee, the two-time champ, for some reason, said it’s easier to be the best player on an NBA team with less talented running mates than it is to stand out on a great squad:
“I feel like it’s easy to be the best player when you don’t have good players around you. I feel like it’s harder to stand out when you have great players around you,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I pride myself on standing out wherever I am. I pride myself on working hard wherever I go. And I feel like these guys embraced me and I feel like I’m a Warrior.”
This is, um, weird.
On the one hand, you can sort of understand what KD is trying to say. Quite literally, it’s harder to stand out when you’re surrounded by stars than it is when you’re enveloped by scrubs. His situation is almost comparable to the All-Star Game. There’s so much star power, you have no idea who to ticket as the MVP. It’s unpredictable. The Warriors’ situation isn’t that ridiculous, but it’s pretty darn close.
Still, to say it’s easier being the best player when you don’t have better accessories around you is just weird. The timing, the meaning—all of it.
Is he taking a pot shot at LeBron James because of all the praise he’s received while ferrying the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals? Is he throwing shade at Russell Westbrook again? Why is he thinking about this at all after yet another title? Has he ever tweeted these sentiments from a burner account before? It’s tough to know the answer to any of the these questions. But one thing’s for sure: Warriors KD stays weird.