ESPN: The posturing has begun between the Lakers and the Thunder.

Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson told reporters Wednesday that Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant gets preferential treatment from referees.

“Yeah, by the calls he gets, he really gets to the line a lot, I’ll tell ya,” Jackson said, according to The Oklahoman’s Web site.

But Durant, who didn’t get a key foul call at the end of a 140-139 overtime loss to the Jazz last week, wasn’t happy with Jackson suggesting he’s a pampered superstar.

“Because it’s taking away from what I do,” Durant said, according to The Oklahoman. “That’s a part of my game, getting to the free-throw line and being aggressive. If you say that I get superstar calls or I get babied by the refs, that’s just taking away from how I play. That’s disrespectful to me.

“I don’t disrespect nobody in this league,” Durant said, according to the report. “I respect every coach, every player, everybody. I never say anything bad about anybody else or question why they do this or do that. So for them to say that about me, I don’t even want to use no foul language.”

Jackson might be setting the stage to get a few calls to go his way, but Durant doesn’t believe it will work.

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  • ricky

    This is just Phil playing mind games again. Durant is good but still has a lot to learn about the game. You can be good, but nothing can beat experience…Phil has a bunch of that and so does LA.

  • 242LakerFan

    Gee, it sounds like the master of the mind-game made yet another brilliant play. Phil chose exactly the right words and they got right under the obviously thin skin of the young man. I have nothing but respect for this kid and his mad skills on the court, but he should understand that for PJ, the game tips off long before the ref’s first toss. This is Phil’s version of the sixth man.
    PJ = Itzhak Perlman
    KD = Stradivarius

  • Justin M.

    aww poor baby, phil already got in his head hahahaha


    Hahaha! Can’t believe that Durant already bit! We all know that Phil likes to play mind games with EVERYBODY, not just opponents, but his own players! And Baby Durant has already whined and cried to mommy about what that bad man has said!

    Gotta hand it to Phil. Most of the times, his mind game lines gets no responses, but this with Durant was almost immediate. It just shows the inexperience of Durant as an NBA player.

    Was slightly worried about our Lakers and having them winning in 6, but now it’s either 5 or a SWEEP! See you next season Durant!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO ARTEST, ALL OVER DURANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • real talk la

    It’s not mind games IT’S THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!! KG said the same thing after they game against OKC. He hasnt earned the MJ/Kobe Superstar treatment, not even LeBron even though he gets the treatment.

    He doesn’t play aggressive.
    He hasnt earned ish.
    He should lead the league in scoring he has the ball 80-90% of the time

    Phil just sayin what alot of people scared to say


  • LakersFirst

    ” I don’t even want to use no foul language” – Ahhh, the education of an NBA player demonsrated. HAHA.

  • Brian Shaw owns all

    Yet another one of Phil’s mind games. Hes done this many times in an attempt to rattle the psyche of the opponent. If I were Durantula, I would try to not take it personally.

  • DJ Gumby 805

    Stop crying, this 2 team’s are going to war “playoffs are war” Phill could say whatever the F@#$ he wants. Specially know that they are in the playoffs!!

  • expo

    First of all they weren’t disrespectful and even if they were, I think Phil has earned his place in NBA history to pretty much challenge any player he chooses.

  • Marwan Marzina

    I love Phil and his mind games! Another reason why hes the best coach ever. By the way, for those who say he is a lousy coach like in the loss to Denver when he didn’t call timeout, you might wanna check his ring case and see what that says to you.

    I wonder if he’ll play mind games during an actual game like he did against Iverson in the 2001 finals when he had Tyronn Lue wear the shooter sleeve and braid his hair just to mimic Iverson.