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.