Right after the 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers Star, Kobe Bryant, announced his retirement, Kevin Durant made a statement commenting on the role of Media and the handling of Bryant’s retirement.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant exclaimed that he always “idolized” Bryant, but was angry at the Media for their treatment of the Los Angeles Lakers Star, notes ESPN sources.
Durant commented that Bryant was the closest thing to Michael Jordan. “I did idolize Kobe Bryant. I studied him, wanted to be like him,” Durant said Monday at a shoot around in Atlanta. “He was our Michael Jordan.”
“I’ve been disappointed this year because you guys [the media] treated him like s—. He’s a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he’s playing, how bad he’s shooting and it’s time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like s—, and I didn’t really like it. So hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year.”
Of course there was backlash on the social Media but Durant clarified that he had seen a lot of negativity around Bryant and we didn’t appreciate his accomplishment.
According to SB Nation, Durant said that Media gave too much weightage to his injuries and his form rather than applauding him for his brilliant career. Now that Bryant is in the twilight of his career, the media should look to nurture some positivity around the retiring star.
“I understand [the media] have to write about the game. Of course I understand that,” Durant told ESPN.com. “Kobe hasn’t played well, and his team hasn’t played well, but did we expect that from them? You did say he was the 93rd-best player in the league, you did have the Lakers as the worst team in the West, but it seems like everybody is happy that he’s going out like this.”
“Every game he’s played on TV is about how terrible he looks, every article the next day is about how he should retire and give it up. Just killing him.”