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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  76 responses

Kevin Durant Ejected for the First Time in His Career (VIDEO)

KD loses his cool.

Referee Dan Crawford showed a very angry Kevin Durant the door with a couple of minutes remaining in the OKC Thunder’s loss to the visiting Brooklyn Nets. It was KD’s first career ejection.

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  • Barbosa’s love child

    KD’s record is so clean that I’d venture to say that Dan Crawford was in the wrong for whatever reason it was that he called a foul. It looks like KD thought the foul was on him perhaps? Not sure why he blew up like that. Very peculiar.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I actually like this in a way. The refs didn’t just let it go because he’s one of the faces of the NBA.

  • Redd

    He’s such a dirty player, makes me sick.

  • Redd

    I was jk, but dang was the loss that bad? Never expected KD to say F U to a ref.

  • Max

    KD a Gangstah!

  • Caboose

    If you actually listen to the stuff he says on the court, you realize Durant is not the golden boy the league wants him to be.

  • Redd

    Really? Never heard anything.

  • LakeShow

    Link me.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lake, really? i mean, you believe the image Durant puts off in interviews and stuff? not the stuff that shows his under the radar personality? (this is going to come off shallow, but it isn’t – it just shows that he isn’t the choir boy he wants people to believe) – the giant chest & back tattoo’s (all tattoos hidden, for obvious reasons), the fondness for Rick Ross. — him clearly saying “f*ck you” to that ref last night. — it’s pretty clear he’s a little more “edgy” then he wants people to think he is.

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    i don’t blame him at all, i’d do the exact same thing in his position.

  • AQWORD

    lol. looked like he got mad @ the ref for blowing the whistle on Big Perk for the moving shoulder charge pick. didn’t get away with it this time.

  • whoisdskee

    KD is a human being just like anyone else. He is going to get mad sometimes and might cuss. I don’t think that means that he isn’t who he portrays. I didn’t know tattoos and listening to Rick Ross made someone “edgy”

  • Kadavour

    KD’s image has been CAREFULLY crafted from DAY 1 in this league. His interviews are so boring and media-coach scripted. He’s the beneficiary of missteps made by the Kobe’s and LeBron’s of the league. Ultimately, he has tremendous branding power and it’s something marketing machines have been guarding since his days in Texas.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m not calling him a thug. He just isn’t the exact person the general public believes him to be. As a public figure, this is the norm. That’s the whole point bruh

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    if anything he’s got horrible taste in music. that fat f*** needs to go back to being a correctional officer

  • Allenp

    They only made him less “edgy” because LeBron had to be the bad guy. An “urban” good guy is harder to embrace for certain folks, so Durant became a goody two shoes. Durant is from the same place most black NBA players are from, the hood. So, many of them share the same interests and world views. Not all, but many. He’s not a bad guy, but he’s more “regular” than writers wanted to admit when he was being held up as the golden boy next to LeBron and Melo. I give he and Rose about two or three years before the media turns on them completely.

  • Allenp

    Being edgy doesn’t make you a thug. Like being a redneck doesn’t make you a racist. People use easy identifiers because they are lazy. Period.

  • Allenp

    Actually, Durant is Kobe before Eagle. LeBron was more Iverson, although he was smarter about his corporate image since he smiled more.
    But Durant and Kobe got the same treatment early on. It was only Kobe’s incessant chucking and the accusation that he raped a white woman that did him in.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    And the person who makes sense of my thoughts better then I can shows up. Just forget what I said and refer to this

  • LakeShow

    Wait so ya’ll thought he didn’t cuss or get upset ever? And if he does that makes him not a good guy? lol…

    Tattoo’s are bad? (coming from someone who has none, but GF has a sh*t ton)

    I know little nerdy Christian kids who like Rick Ross.

    Maybe I have less high of expectations for people.

    He’s one of the nicest guys in the L. That’s fact in my mind. Is it not in yours?

    What incidents proclaim his as not being one of the NBA “good guys”?

    I’m not going for it.

    Durant is rightfully an NBA poster child for good attitude and a positive life style.

  • theDankerNuggets

    yeah i knew this girl in high school who always had court side seats to Nuggets game, and she said Durant in the biggest sh t talker in the league

  • bike

    And yet, he still high-fived that little boy on his way out. What a class act.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    None of these guys are golden boys. Derrick Rose also knows and says a few words that kids probably shouldn’t hear. On nationally televised games. Even Shane Battier says a few four letter words. All anyone has to do is watch their mouths while they’re playing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    WHAT?

    Are you talking to me or just talking?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    All D-Rose has to do is make one decision that people don’t like. Allen Iverson talked about this 7 years ago when LeBron had the image that Durant and Rose have now and Kobe’s Colorado case had happened and his image was destroyed. He said he’s never met a perfect man in his life and Kobe is just a regular dude like everybody else. These guys are all just regular dudes with a ridiculous talent. That’s the danger of putting certain images on them.

  • LakeShow

    Ditto.

  • LakeShow

    That’s what I mean. Battier is maybe the nicest dude in the L. No ones perfect. Who cares if he says a cuss word or if he has tattoo’s or likes Rick Ross.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhm, yes. i was referring to you saying “link me” – like you needed proof.

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    i said that, assuming you paid attention.

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    i never, even insinuated he was a “bad guy” – or that tattoos made him a “bad guy”

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    “edgy” (slang) doesn’t imply “bad”. it implies, “socially dangerous or daring; intellectually provocative; tending to induce unease or stress in viewers.”

    — because whether YOU like it or not, having Tattoos, big giant ones on your chest and back, listening to “gangster rap”, and saying “f*ck you” to people, come off, to the general public, as “edgy”

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    please, just look at this from the perspective that Caboose, introduced, “Durant is not the golden boy the league wants him to be.”

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    reality, and marketability, are different. stop worrying about reality.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The problem is the league is looking for the next Jordan since he retired. Iverson came into the league with David Falk (Jordan’s agent) but he fired him and went his own way. The tattoos and cornrows followed. He did things his way (for better or worse). The fanbase that he had was huge but it wasn’t the image that Stern wanted to promote. The dress code came. Iverson’s influence got to be too much. I remember watching LeBron and most of the Cavaliers arrive at a Sunday afternoon game on ABC with throwback jerseys, hats and du-rags under them. The dress code cleared all of that up. Kobe was the next Jordan to a lot of people. He had the game that was closest and the image that he crafted that was heavily influenced by Jordan. The endorsements came along with everything else. Even the Shaq feud didn’t taint his image. Then Colorado happened and he lost everything. LeBron wasn’t as close to Jordan’s image as Kobe was but he had an image that the league could promote. The summer of 2010 ruined it. Iverson actually predicted it and told LeBron himself early in his career that people would change their opinions of him quickly if he ever did one thing that they didn’t like. Now Durant is that guy to some people. He’s marketable. Good for the league. D-Rose may be in a category by himself. I don’t see him ever being in any phone commercials or State Farm commercials. I think the only commercials he’s done outside of Adidas were for Powerade, the NBA on ESPN and Fantasy Basketball. And most of those Adidas commercials just show him playing ball. No attempt at making people laugh. The one Adidas commercial with him and that guy from The Hangover looked tough on him. He doesn’t seem interested in trying to be funny. I think Iverson has allowed guys to just be themselves now. There will still be guys who the league tries to promote over everyone else, but these guys are going to be themselves regardless of anything that’s going on. Call them boring, uninteresting, whatever you want to call them. But any endorsements that they have or will receive later, it’s going to be because of who they already are, not who some company wants them to be. That’s the best way it can be done. I don’t blame guys for taking advantage of the opportunities. Kobe got a lot of money out of that image before it was shattered. Now he says anything he wants to say and Nike doesn’t mind. He’s just himself now. LeBron spent a year trying to play into the image of the bad guy that people saw him as and that didn’t work. Now he’s just himself. That’s the way it should be. The league may have resented Iverson’s image, but the star players should thank him because now they don’t have to be the next Jordan. They don’t have to try to be golden boys. They can just be who they naturally are. Any realistic fan knows that these guys are just like everyone else. No one is all good or all bad. Flawed human beings like us who just play a game that a lot of people love to watch.

  • Caboose

    We don’t care, but the fact is that KD is not his image. Whether this is bad or not is a different discussion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    We don’t know these guys. All we know is what we see. From what I’ve seen after watching for 22 years, most of these guys appear to be good guys. Some play with an edge. Others may not. Guys hate playing against KG. But then we see moments like he had with Kevin McHale after that game a few weeks ago. And we hear that there’s not a better teammate than he is. It’s best if we don’t judge them at all and just appreciate their games. I don’t care who they are as men really. The league obviously does for marketing purposes. But I just want to watch great basketball.

  • Caboose

    Even I thought that was too long…

  • ChosenOne

    Lake, Allenp had it right before when he said in a few years, Rose, KD etc. will get the bad press. AI actually predicted what would happen to LeBron 5/6 years before it occurred. (He said it on that Stephen A Smith show)

  • LakeShow

    I guess that’s not edgy to me. That’s normal. We just have a different perspective on the Durant PR stuff. I think he is rightfully one of the faces of the NBA whether he cusses or listens to rap music or not (no one ever said or implied the he doesn’t do that stuff). His PR doesn’t have him as a perfect person, rather they have him as a person striving for perfection. I see that in KD. I think that’s real.

    He’s got his head more squarely on his shoulders than allot of the L IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you don’t get it. what me and you see, is not what matters. i still think Durant is pretty much a choir boy. BUT, that’s not how he looks to the average person. Or should i say, average person with the means to watch NBA games.

  • LakeShow

    AI got lucky. He didn’t know LeBron would leave his home town team to team up on a top 5 players team. Thus making him a villain to people who don’t like that sorta stuff. If Bron wouldn’t have done that he wouldn’t be viewed the way he was the last couple years. Rightfully or not.

  • LakeShow

    lulz

  • LakeShow

    LMAO

  • ChosenOne

    I agree. But also, LeBron started getting hate in the 2010 playoffs after that Celtics series, when everybody thought he quit on the team.

  • LakeShow

    What do you want though? People to just love everything about a player no matter what? LeBron was showing he was not the perfect basketball player some people wanted him, and thought him to be. He wasn’t showing up in the 4th qtrs, he wasn’t as worried about defense at the time, and people were noticing and getting on him about these issues. Once again, rightfully or not. (not)

    I just think it’s silly to act like KD is not a golden child. He is as much as anyone. If the L got your expectations too high, that’s on you. People are flawed. Period.

    KD is a great guy from all counts. Let him disprove this first before we go in on him, is what i’m saying. His first ejection isn’t the time IMO.

  • ChosenOne

    Man, I ain’t judging him.. KD is the truth! MVP in my book. I don’t care if he is a “thug” or a “golden-boy”. If you can play, you can play. Period. But hey, the media have to find someone they can go at right?

  • LakeShow

  • LakeShow

    Yes, and i’m not saying they won’t go after Durant, but who cares. He can handle it. It’s just the press trying to stir sh*t. I just know that Durant is a good dude and player. I’ve met him unlike most people on here. Ode to the Sonic’s final season ticket holders party.

    I just don’t even know what anyone is arguing on here. They are saying the L says he’s perfect, but I have never gotten that from them.

  • LakeShow

    Congrats on not caring, but tell me what is KD’s image? I’ve never heard the L say he is perfect and that kids should model their lives after his. Have you?

    I don’t know where you guys get this “The L says Durant is perfect” stuff.

  • Caboose

    Watch more ESPN.

  • zeroninja

    nike made him do it,a campaign for” kd is not nice”LOL

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lakeshow, why are you acting like a 12 year old who has to be told things directly?
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    The league portrays Durant as well, i’ll let him set the stage,
    “…..- Bonham: People always talk about how down-to-earth you are. What’s your secret to staying humble in a world where it’s all to easy to get caught up in the hype of fortune and fame?
    Durant: It’s tough man. I can’t lie. I can’t lie about that. But I always kind of pinch myself and say that any day this can be gone. In the Bible, (it says) the Lord exalts humility and that’s one thing I try to be all the time—when I’m talking in front of people or when people tell me I’m great, I (remind myself that I) can always be better. I always work on what I have now. I’ve just got to be thankful to the Lord for what the gifts He’s given me. My gift back to Him is to always be humble and to always try to work as hard as I can. I’ve got to continue to be that way. I know that if I try to get a big head, my mom is going to do a great job of bringing me back down to size. I have the best of both worlds with the coaches we have here and my parents and my family doing it back at home. I’m in pretty good hands.

    Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/inspiringathletes/2011/05/nba-all-star-kevin-durant-on-faith-family-and-fame.html#ixzz2Gwu4wNzJ
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    That is pretty much what the league wants to see him as.
    — A Mama’s Choir Boy pretty much.
    - They don’t want people knowing about his affinity for Rap Music, or his Body Covering Tattoos, or his temper that leads him to use the most foul word (according to many) in the English Language at an Official – or on a player when he dunks on people. – it’s just how he looks to the people they are trying to make him apply too.

  • LakeShow

    No…. NO!

  • LakeShow

    I truly have no idea what is being argued here.

    The L supports his image, yes… Why wouldn’t they?

    And yes, They will turn on him to sell papers(or whatever the terminology is these days).

    What’s your point?

    It appears to be that you think Durant isn’t the choir boy that we all think he is. Which I don’t agree with. No ones perfect. He is a great guy. One of the best dudes in the L.

    You act like no one know’s he has tattoo’s and cusses and likes music where they cuss… We know, we don’t care.

    Whatever this is boring, I gotta get back to my 6th grade class with Mrs. Nuggieburger.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you aren’t “we” – the average person doesn’t go on the internet and read about player news. They see what is presented to them on ESPN, TNT, & NBATV.

  • LakeShow

    And do you think they represent Durant other than how he represents himself?

  • bill

    Momma’s in the locker room hallway with a bar of soap. No teary-eyed hug after a tough loss this time.

  • The Big Cheese

    I agree, Ross fell off. His first album was dope, but everything since is weak sauce. His latest effort features a line about Heat floor seats in every song, regardless of the theme. His best lyrical efforts continue to be the guttural “Rawse” before every verse…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhm, in a sense, yes. they aren’t going to market his “rougher” side. and it’s not really rougher to us. i’m saying to the nice white family in Oklahoma City who listens to Garth Brooks or whoever and goes to church 3 days a week.

  • LakeShow

    Never will the “rougher side” get marketed. That’s why it’s rough.

    That’s my family that your talking about, sans OKC. Conservative, Christian, White…. They love KD and they know about his tattoo’s and rap music. My little sister listens to Rick Ross. No one cares about that kinda stuff any more.
    Agree to disagree man.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why do you keep talking about your situation? how you, or your singular family feel is IRRELEVANT. obviously you don’t come from the type of family i just eluded too. there is really no way for me or the NBA to make this more obvious.
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    This type of outburst, in the above video, is not what the NBA wants out of their poster child. Plain. And. Simple. – everything else that has been said by everyone, is just them repeating that sentiment in one way or another.
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    What is so hard to understand about that?

  • LakeShow

    There it is! You just finally said what your trying to argue. It took like 8
    comments, but we finally got it!

    “This type of outburst, in the above video, is not what the NBA wants out of their poster child.”

    Agree completely with that!

    No one would disagree with that. You never want people to not be perfect, but you allow missteps, which is what this was.

    My family is in that category you mentioned hence why I mentioned them. Sans OKC. That is my family. Ma loves Garth Brooks. My family is white, conservative, Christians, who route for the OKC Thunder(sans my Pa who routes for the Lakers) and love KD. Sounds like a comparable family to me…

  • Max

    It’s simple really, KD is a good dude off the court, but on the court he wants to kill you as much as anyone because he wants to win and be the best ever.

  • LakeShow

    Kobe was never known as a momma’s boy.

    He took a celebrity R’nB singer out for his high school prom.

    Kobe was never seen crying.

    He wasn’t religious.

    He always was a bit of a hot head and a show off from as long as we can document.

    Their early view from the public was nothing alike, aside from that they we’re both adored by fans.

  • shutup

    So where in any of the words you just typed expresses hypocrisy? Its called the duality of man, if anyone believes that this man isn’t human and capable of evil then they are lying to themselves. Competitive nature can let you be humble but cuthroat at the same time, they are not polar opposites but different shades of grey on the same spectrum.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I didn’t say they are being hypocritical. Just that they are hiding part of who he is. A seemingly big part based on what little light he does give shine to in his personal life. It’s like someone you are in a relationship hiding something from you. It’s not lying, but it seems dishonest. — again, I am expressing the POV of how the league portrays him to their target audience. Not how I feel personally.

  • Allenp

    It is edgy to mainstream America which largely frowns on ostentatious tattoos. That is still a part of a sub culture, and the fans the NBA craves are mainstream fans. The media members that cover the League mostly promote mainstream values. They are typically middle class white males with college degrees who have certain viewpoints on the world. Doesn’t make them evil, but it does mean that their idea of “normal” is typically very different from the ideas of the guys who they cover. Now, you see some change with more younger cats getting into locker rooms thanks to the digital media, but even that only makes so much business. The media business is a business that caters to a particular segment of society. Marketing campaigns typically cater to that segment too, at least the ones not associated with Nike or other shoe companies.

  • Allenp

    The only thing more fun than creating a hero is tearing him down. It has happened with most heroes who actually stay true to themselves. And are black. I know the race angle isn’t popular, but how many black players could pull off the attitudes Larry Bird and John Stockton pulled off on the floor and with the media?

  • William

    durant didn’t deserve a ejection…

  • roscoe

    KD listened to roscoe…. get pissed and kick @ss.

  • Kadavour

    hm, i say Kevin’s marketing machine learned from Kobe and then LeBron because after Eagle County, the next superstar had to be different from Kobe. The FIRST commercial we saw with LeBron featured Bernie Mac and they praised his passing ability (playing the “right way”), casting his image from a different mold than the Jordan model (scorer) that Kobe adopted. I’d say Durant’s team picked up on that trend, hence Kevin’s deference to his team mates in just about every interview. He is a scorer much like Kobe and Melo, however, he isn’t really cast that way from a media perspective. I wonder how much money Kev’s mom made for that commercial…

    LeBron was just a kid who had to grow up too fast. He had reporters hounding him since the 11th grade. You gotta feel sorry for a guy like that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    bruh, from the things you tell me about yourself, unless you keep most everything from your parents, you are definitely not from the family i was talking about. My parents sound much like yours (except they don’t attend church, but are still very conservative, Garth Brooks loving americans) but they are much more understanding of the world around them. That’s not the same as the people in Oklahoma City, their version of Christian White Conservatives is much more, (idk how to say it without possible offending someone so here goes) “traditional” or “less understanding” then the conservative West coast families that it sounds like we grew up apart of. —- not saying everyone in Oklahoma City is like that, but a lot of people are. And the people the NBA/OKC try to target with their marketing of Durant would probably fit closer to that bill.

  • LakeShow

    I keep everything from my parents. EVERYTHING.

    lol

    Plus I’ve changed allot since I was under their wing. I use to be like them.

    I understand what your saying though man. Most of the things I’ve heard from the media are positive spins for KD. The love him, but rightfully so. Most of the things they say of him are true. He is a genuinely nice, humble guy. If your real though you know he’s human and that humility is really just shoving your ego deep down and hoping she doesn’t pop up.

    I’m sure we are just viewing this subject from different angles.Sorry if i’m not understanding what your saying.

    I haven’t been to OKC so i’m ignorant to how they perceive life there.

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    the reason I can’t take him seriously is when he tried starting beef with 50 for “looking at him the wrong way” at the VMA’s lmao. just trying to get some shine. weak a**

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hes human

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    same here

  • shutup

    But your someone who is in the know and most the info that you’ve come across is readily available. Yes, his tats are covered by his jersey, but he still takes pictures with his shirt off, he never denied listening to Rick Ross, the fact that we know about it means the info was made public. It’s like your arguing that the public is being duped, but Durant isn’t lying, and the league’s marketing of him isn’t his doing, we might as well argue about the stupidity of the general public. I don’t know anyone who thinks you can be NBA scoring Champ multiple times without having the competitive streak and cuthroat nature.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i didn’t say Durant was being dishonest. and like i said, i don’t blame the league. — and if there is one family that is duped, the league is doin their job. —- look at it from a business perspective my dood…..the league isn’t going to lose supporters because Durant is too nice of a guy – and if you want to talk about the stupidity of the general public let’s do it……

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    start here, http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2680/nearly-half-the-u-s-population-believes-the-earth-is-less-than-10-000-years-old

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    if the numbers are even half of what those studies claimed…….well…

  • Mike From Spain

    I have a question. What’s mainstream? When I was a teen you hardly ever saw people with piercings or tattoos. Nowadays it seems everyone has them: hipsters, lowlifes, adventurous good boys and girls who want to be a little naughty, dangerous thugs… some external signs have been spread to a lot of different people, and these signs have taken many different meanings. I don’t argue that tattoos are mainstream, you still have to hide them at the office, but I get to think that half of the people my age might be hiding a tattoo under their office suits.

    There are many things that we accept in regular people but somehow we don’t like them when we see them in role models / celebrities. There is also the fact that perhaps daddy does not mind hearing the trash talk during the NBA games, but they feel a little concerned that the kids might hear.

    All in all I think there is a lot of food for thought here, it’s all very interesting to me.

  • shutup

    I have no faith in the general public, quite frankly. If they don’t want to open their eyes, then thats on them. I’ll quote a great movie, just for this type of situation. “He is a living breathing fugging Santa Clause; and I don’t see anything wrong with that.” I’m not saying that he isn’t marketed in a specific way, I just don’t consider it a deception, considering the day and age we live in; where information is so readily available. Anyone who doesn’t consider Durant as a “whole” person is really to naive to function, or is under the age of 11, and then there is nothing wrong with blind hero worship (well relatively at least)

  • Chicago

    Just because he gets pissed off during the game doesn’t mean he can’t be golden. NBA refs make you want to cuss… I know I do.

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