Durant blasts media amid free agency, Knicks rumors: 'Grow up'

Source: Warriors' Durant under pressure to break silence

Kevin Durant lashes at media amid Knicks rumors

However, his pending free agency this Summer has put him at the center of speculation that this will be his final year with the Warriors before he joins the New York Knicks. I have nothing to do with the Knicks, I don't know who traded Porzingis, it's got nothing to do with me.

"It's unnecessary", Durant said of all the noise surrounding his decision. I have nothing to do with the Knicks, I don't know who traded Porzingis, it ain't got nothing to do with me. They got nothing to do with me. Durant was clearly frustrated by the constant chatter about his future, and pleaded with the media to simply let him play basketball.

The perception among fans around the league is that Durant took the easy way out in order to achieve his success in the league, and pairing up with multiple All-Stars is not an effective way of solidifying oneself as the top player in the league. "Every time I say something it gets twisted up and thrown out in so many publications try to tear me down with my words that I say". And now when I don't wanna talk to y'all, it's a problem with me. "Come on man. Grow up". Grow up. Yeah, you. We want to see that KD every day. I don't cause no problems. I try to be the best player I can be every possession. And then when I don't say nothing, it's a problem.

Durant also called out Ethan Strauss of The Athletic for his column that stated that many believed Durant was headed to NY after the season.

He just give his whole opinion on stuff and make it seem like it coming from me.

"You all piling on me because I don't want to talk to y'all about that". So, if I don't say nothing, it's a problem. "That's the conversation you gonna have", Durant said.

"Honestly, I think it's him not being able to control his own voice", Curry said.

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What Durant is really talking about is the way the league is reported. Perhaps the fallout from this tantrum will be overshadowed by Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline, but Durant certainly didn't do much to nip this in the bud by acting the way he did.

Durant is a great player but awful when it comes to managing his public perception and the media. Yes, Golden State is playing fantastic basketball. So all the other stuff, I wouldn't call it a distraction, it's just more so from his standpoint frustrating.

"I like our chances, in terms of what we're about and what we're capable of".

The NBA was largely left unaware of Durant's mounting situation with the media until Tuesday.

You weren't talking to the media before... Durant said at one point.

"I'm done", he told a reporter.

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