LeBron Weighs in on Oklahoma Paper Bashing Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant took care of business Thursday night after a headline naming him ‘Mr. Unreliable’ emerged from the Oklahoma City local newspaper. The newspaper later apologized, but the damage had been done. The headline caused a lot of talk around the league, and it must have gotten around to Miami Heat star LeBron James.
James offered some support for Durant. He also said he did not think it was a great idea for the newspaper to bash its city’s star. LeBron was asked about the headline after Friday’s Heat practice.
““I don’t think that was a great idea,” James said. “Not your hometown paper. Not with a team you helped to get to the NBA Finals, [and will] potentially be an MVP, a multiple scoring champ and have led his team to a place it’s never been before.”
James then paused briefly before referring to Durant’s potential decision to play elsewhere after his contract ends with the Thunder following the 2015-16 season.
“K.D.’s got to be a free agent at some point,” said James, who rocked the league when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers after seven seasons to sign with Miami as a free agent in 2010.
LeBron knew what he said about Durant’s future would peak some interest, and reportedly joked with reporters that he had given them their headline for the day.
Durant’s current contract will not expire until 2016, and it is likely that no one will remember the headline. Certainly K.D. has not exactly lived up the the nickname, leading the Thunder to a Game 7 and keeping the Thunders’ playoff dreams alive. It is likely that Durant will explore free agency, and when that time comes, there will be teams that will be very interested in the star.
Kristina Beltran Sports Kings Pass The Pill Contributor @KristinaaSayss