Hate to say it but after watching Durant's post game interview really REALLY bothered me...
He was too much of a "nice guy"
way too much of a nice guy.
He really needs to be more of an [expletive]hole and demand more from his teammates.
His whole mentality was "Well it was a great season, I'm proud of everyone. This doesn't hurt, I'm at peace"
And when it came to his final missed shot he said "It just went long" and treated it like no big deal..
And they asked if he was pissed or upset at the result and the situation he said "No, I'm at peace, we had a good season etc."
See, THAT kind of mentality is why role players don't step up, cause they know even if they screw up BAD Durant is gonna pat them on the back and go "Hey you did a nice job, we had a good season, everything is alright."
I'm sorry, but no it's not.
The lack of support you got from your supporting cast for this entire off-season once Westbrook was gone was laughable and you should be the last person "at peace" with everyone and talking about how you're proud of the 95% of guys that didn't step up or show up when you needed them most after carrying them on your back in Westbrook's absense.
That's the difference between Kobe and others. He may be a ultra-competitive [expletive]hole. But if you want to have the heart to rip it from someone's chest you need a little of that in you.
Durant being "at peace" with the situation even before the loss is why he failed, and his undying support of his teammates even when they make his life a lot harder by not stepping up isn't going to make them feel the urgency to work harder.
When the going gets rough they are going to look at Durant for strength and the urgency.. if he's "at peace" why would they even feel a need to go out there like their lives depend on it if their leader is "at peace" with just having a good season, ESPECIALLY after the pain of not winning a championship last season.
i was downright shocked to be honest. And I'm a fan of Durant's but his passiveness after this entire situation bugs me, and makes me worry about him as far as "taking it to the next level to wing a ring" goes.
Am I the only one that feels that way after watching this?