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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  99 responses

Kevin Durant Feels Disrespected By Phil Jackson

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Oh boy.

Look what you’ve gone ahead and started now, Zen Master.

Just before the Thunder’s final regular season game last night, Kevin Durant was asked about Phil Jackson’s comments earlier in the week about the young star’s treatment from the refs. KD did not back down.

From the Oklahoman:

“Ever since KG said something, everybody’s been questioning how I get to the line,” Durant said. “If you watch our games, you wouldn’t question it. The NBA should put us on national T.V. more, I guess.” When asked whether Jackson’s comment fired him up more, Durant, “Yeah, it does.”

“Because it’s taking away from what I do,” Durant said. “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. 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.”

Durant said he doesn’t think Jackson’s comments will have any influence on how the officials call the series. “If the refs pay attention to that and change how they call things because of that, that’s terrible,” Durant said. “That’s terrible to the game of basketball and to us. If that happens, then (coach) Scotty (Brooks) could talk, too. Or any other coach could talk to just so the refs could switch everything up. But I doubt they do that. They’re smarter than that and they have more skills than that as refs. So I don’t really worry about it too much.”

Even before the posturing began from both sides, the Thunder/Lakers series was already one of the most highly anticipated first round matchups in this year’s Playoffs. Now, things have been taken to an entirely new level. Thanks, Phil and Kevin!

The fun begins in Los Angeles this Sunday, at 3:00pm Eastern.

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  • eyal

    Phil Jackson just got outclassed by a 21 year old. Be careful LA, karma is a b!t@h

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I love this kid. Can’t wait for Sunday.

  • James

    Kevin is a real role model, you never hear this guy taking bad about anybody. Phil just loves to play mind games, this is the first playoff experience for the Thunder, but you can’t foul Phil for starting ‘the games’ early.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Man, I REALLY hope the Thunder bring it against the Lakers. Like the Rockets did last year, for every game (even the blowout). Don’t budge an inch, and for everything you recieve, give back in full.

  • LakerHater

    i really hope the thunder do well against the lakers. The lakers are a bunch of winers

  • Yesse

    Ohh come on. Phil thinks Durant gets superstar calls? Kobe gets then alot too and as a laker fan i can see it myself.

  • JoeMaMa

    I can see this as Phil thinking he wants the Lakers to get into form early and face a battle so they can round into shape in the latter stages. The Lakers will win this series; that shouldn’t even be questioned, as they’re the defending champs with the best record in the West playing against a talent, young, and green team. I think Phil just wants to shake the Lakers out of the funk and is using KD to do it. Wouldn’t that be a classic Jackson move?

  • heartlandG

    Lakers my squad! and I feel they goin repeat, but honestly I wouldnt be mad if Thunder came out on top

  • Michael Scorn

    Well, welcome to being a superstar. You get the calls and the hate. You don’t see LeBron and Kobe crying about the hate.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Last week: Kevin Durant gets a no call on a game tieing three that he was clearly hacked on, cut to: Kevin Durant gets all the superstar calls.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    game winning* even

  • riggs

    lol KD shut down phil jackson in a paragraph.

  • riggs

    @Michael Scorn: who the hell hates KD?

  • Michael Scorn

    @Riggs- apparently Jackson does. And once the media starts over gushing on KD, the hate will come.

  • kh

    I love this kid and all the OKC guys but they have no chance. Zero.

  • http://www.alloutblitz..com Cordeazy

    ethered.

  • ka

    he really should just let his game do the talking, kids got a lot of game. This overreacting is just like when he got pissy abt his plus minus. Just go out there n win games son.

  • vtrobot

    ha ha, the kid’s clearly acting like more of a man than phil is. thank you, KD. that’s exactly what i’m talking about. i hope KD quietly and respectfully kicks the sh*t out of phil’s squad. besides some dallas teams, who do “mind games” really work on? does phil feel the need to always play these “mind games” because the only reason that he’s the most successful NBA coach is because he’s been lucky enough to have coached some of the game’s greatest? that’s not disrespectful to imply, is it? lakers first round exit. zen master’s permanent exit. that would be so unbelievably beautiful. i can dream. ha ha. F U LA.

  • NDP

    This series reminds of the ’99 Kings/ Jazz series. Veteran team that’ll be given trouble by a bunch of youngsters. Too bad 1st round isn’t Best of 5 anymore!!

  • vtrobot

    “Crying” “Overreacting” Ha Ha. Dude was asked a question and he answered it in probably the most calm, respectful and well thought way that he could. I think it was the opposite of crying and overreacting. You guys LA fans?

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Phil Jackson has lost all semblance of class during his two stints as Lakers coach.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Can we expect a 40-50pt game from Durant? That would be epic.

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    KD is gonna get welcomed to the playoffs when he sees how awful the refs are then he can ask if those comments had a effect on the refs.

  • tavoris

    why is anyone surprised by this? Phil Jackson has been playin the refs his ENTIRE coaching career. I love KD, and he should be honored that Jackson respects him enough to resort to these tactics.

  • Ronald

    @Marcel: You missed out the line where KD said that he doesn’t get superstar calls and people would notice that if you saw them play + got more national games. Which imho is crap, KD gets superstars calls (i.e swing your arms when the guy marking you has his hands down and jump up and tangle your arms call), but that’s okay because thats just how the NBA works now. I watched the OKC v POR game and Batum & Co., weren’t allowed to get near KD as if he had a restraining order against them and I was rooting for OKC that game (love the OKC fans and not a big fan of Andre Miller).

  • maeng

    jacksons just playing mindgames. can’t wait for this series to start. hope durant blows up at least one game. hope westbrook is gonna kill fisher and the lakers point gaurds

  • Ronald

    And, honestly, KD has to stop reacting to the media and cristism so negatively/sensitively/ First the whole +/- crap by Henry Abbot (who is a huge retard, hyprocrit and sell absorbed douche btw) where he took things too personal and now this. He gets baited by the media and reacts to what everyone is saying. He needs to take the critism (whether bad or good) and move on (either do what Jordan did and use it as fuel or ignore it). When he keeps jabbing back at critism, it does put him in a negative light despite being one of the more humble and well-liked players in the league. And correction to my own comment, I didn’t read the post properly, my bad.

  • Ronald

    @Maeng: Fisher and the LA guards are going to make Westbrook/Maynor a lot of money like Hudson/Bibby. LA playoff games are a gold mine for point guards.

  • http://slamonline.com MooButter

    I would like to officially propose a change to the one and done in college rule. Once a person is educated enough to not use double negatives in every other sentance, they are cleared to leave college and go pro. In Durant’s case, one year was obviously not enough. Just reading his quotes gave me a headache.

    & cosign Michael Scorn. With superstardom comes hate. Keep your mouth shut and play. Enjoy the trips to the line.

  • RedRum

    I love Jax, but him talking about superstar calls, while he has coached MJ and KB is ridiculous…

  • tavoris

    ya’ll jumping on Durant’s case hard…he’s one of the ONLY superstar-level players who isn’t a prick, and shouldn’t be lambasted for having a HUMAN response to negative comments. Or maybe people want him to hire a publicist to draft grammatically flawless responses & refuses every interview. smh

  • Ronald

    Seriously, stop babying KD! No one is even saying anything serious against him.

  • bill breedley

    this boy is the real deal. i respect phil and all but he is all wrong about KD. this is the next King of the NBA. Durant is the next stage in the evolution of the NBA. lebron is a football player using nothing but force… he also has the zebras in his pockets. KD calls are the real deal. this boy will dominate this league

  • tavoris

    @Ronald…true, but I don’t see where KD said anything that EVERY other player wouldn’t be thinking.

  • Jeff Henderson

    I don’t know how you can complain about Superstar calls when you have coached MJ, Shaq & Kobe. If anything Superstar calls have benefited him more than anybody else in the league.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    after benefitting from the disgusting refereeing in the 2002 wcf, phil has no right to complain about bad officiating.

  • Fat Lever

    You know Artest is going to get all up in Durant’s chest, every min of every game. KD better be prepared for that.

  • Manumaniac

    Forgive me, but being the top scorer i the NBA doesn’t mean that you are already a superstar? So what’s all the talk about the “superstar calls” thing?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Look people, I like Kevin Durant, but some of y’all need to hold up anointing him as the Savior of the NBA.
    I’m not talking about his skills on the court, I’m talking about what people think about him off the court.
    Newsflash people, YOU DON’T KNOW HIM.
    All you know about him is the media narrative being pushed about him. You don’t spend time with him and you have no idea how he really thinks about life.
    It’s cool that people like him as a player, but holding him up as a paragon of virtue is a little premature. You’re just setting this kid up for failure because as soon as his halo get’s tarnished, folks are going to feel betrayed and crap.
    Slow down, people, slow down.

  • haters hate

    stop hatin on KD. he said what he said in the most respecting way possible. why do you think he’s bein overreacting in the first place? U guys obviously are FAKERS fans

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    As for his grammar MooButter…
    George Bush graduated from Yale.
    End of story.

  • Donovan

    @Ronald you are spot on. The OKC point guards are the X-factor. If they don’t kill Fisher and Farmar then the Thunder have no chance. I’m really getting sick of the Zen Master mind games. I respected him as Bulls coach but not anymore. Please retire Phil!

  • tavoris

    @allenp-I agree…but u kno it has to be this way.

  • tavoris

    SN: follow Durant on twitter. He’s (aside from his abnormal Keri Hilson obsession) as regular a dude you will ever find.

  • rob

    I love Durant but he’s so young and has so much to learn. Durant fell into the trap. Phil is a big fan of KD’s, but he’s gonna play his mind games against him, it’s a part of his job. They don’t call him zen master for nothing.

  • http://freewebs.com/sinhabla Gus

    For all the trash talk that Phil heard from Jordan back in the day, his is just lame…i can´t wait to see The Durantula scorching them with 50 + points in game one and expose the farse of a team that the lakers are right now

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Verbal warfare victory for KD or Seed planting victory for Phil? I’m interested in seeing the first game from this un-experienced playoff team. Oh, this the first time Phil has EVER played the psychological card against an opposing player or team. This is so left field from him. I’m surprised really.

  • UnRel

    obviously.. mind games work.. phil said a few things.. we all know superstars get calls.. he even said bron and wade’s name.. he said a lot without saying it.. and now KD says this statement.. now it’s about KD vs the lakers instead of the thunder vs the lakers.. phil won the vs battle..

  • thalilbigkahuna

    I look forward to a verbal battle between Jackson and Durant throughout this series.

  • LA Huey

    “I don’t even want to use no foul language.” Well, them double negatives is sorta foul, homie…Anyways, Westbrook and KD, introduce yourselves to the rest of the world and give us a great series.

  • Sergio

    Phil already made Durant change his mindset. KD is already thinking about Phil’s comments. His mind is already out of it. Phil is a genius.

  • kev

    lets go OKC!!!!!!

  • thenatural

    P. Jack is just using those Jedi mind tricks to get in his head… I don’t recall him complaining when Mike was shooting 20+ free throws a game…

  • chingy

    This is like young MJ up against the Celtics when MJ almost single handedly take down Bird and the Celts in 86(?). It’s going to be “God disguised as” KD when he blows up for 63 in double OT.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    La Huey
    Granted I would prefer if homie spoke in what is considered proper English, but I think it’s funny that sportswriters quote athletes exactly, while political writers clean up quotes for politicans all the time.
    I mean, which thoughts are more important for the public to hear unvarnished?

  • underdog

    First of all, there’s no such thing as superstar calls. Just ask DWade, or LeBron… But, if there was such a thing, why wouldn’t Durant get it? I mean he actually is a NBA superstar. So do the math Phil…

  • rob

    what Sergio said

  • LA Huey

    @Allenp, I’m just teasing. I know most of us (including myself) commit grammar felonies in our speech at least several times a day.

  • Fat Lever

    You guys are seriously caught up in his grammar? Really? He’s paid to play bball, not sound proper enough for your standards.

  • doyouwantmore

    You woke up the baby!

  • vtrobot

    how did phil win anything? if the refs don’t call a blatant foul on KD at the end of one of these games, phil has won. i think, if it has any impact on KD at all, it will probably make him play better, with a chip on his shoulder. we’ll soon see, but i would suspect that pissing off KD probably has the same outcome as pissing off Kobe or ‘Bron. lakeshow, please lose.

  • Stillballin

    Let’s go baby!! It’s gonna be a he’ll of a series.. Kevin is gonna have to score 50 a game to pull an upset..

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Man, I made a comment saying I’d grow to hate KD with all the ludicrous love he gets, but I find it really, really hard to hate this guy. Yeah, he’s takin’ the criticism hard, but I love his little line at the refs– anyone else think that’s a little mind game of his own?

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Oh, and Lakers win in six, but Durant thoroughly outplays Kobe in the series. You heard it here.

  • Elias

    LOL Jackson coached MJ and now he’s coaching Kobe, he shouldn’t whine about someone else’s guys getting superstar treatment.
    Bottom of the line: NBA refs are biased, KD is a really classy guy and he’s getting calls his way, you won’t(didn’t) see that happening with guys like AI and Sheed.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    I love all the Laker fans excussing Jackson being a douche by labeling it ‘mind games’. Stay classy, LA

  • RedRum

    I predict that in future the Lakers-OKC playoff will be in the mold of the Pistons-Bulls rivalry. Guess who is Isiah and who is MJ..

  • boogster

    hm, guys, when MJ scored 63, Phil Jax wasn`t a happy camper, he said his best player shouldn`t do some scoring outburst like that, because one man show gets you nowhere!
    To those guys who wants Durant to score 50+, you are not supporting KD,… maybe you weren`t supporting him at all!

  • chingy

    Phil Jax wasn’t coaching MJ when he scored 63….

  • http://djsfklrf.com Jukai

    ^^^ Busted

  • http://freewebs.com/sinhabla Gus

    Boogsted!

  • Rusty

    artest cant stick it with the durantula, hes to slow

  • vmcb

    LA Huey, double negatives were used by Shakespeare to form an affirmative. KD was merely channeling the Bard. D’uh.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Yes LA fans will stay classy while the lakers beats these boys in a good 7 game series. Yeah I said 7 games and I’m a laker fan. I’m being realistic here and the way it is looking, I wouldn’t be suprised if LA is gone by the second round. They are playing HORRIBLE. I stopped watching there games two weeks ago and I said I would not watch again until the playoffs because they must be just messin around to stink this much at the end of the year.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LET’S GO OKC THUNDER!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    How is Phil even zen? Openly b!tching about an upcoming series before it even starts? Sounds like Stan Van Gundy to me. What a f*cktard.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Kevin Durant is getting in that @ss, Lakers. Come Sunday, watch out.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ahahahahaha Old Man Fish guarding Russell Brook? I can’t wait!

  • Roc

    Kevin Durant is quite simply the best scorer in the league. Higher Free-throw percentage than LeBron. Higher 3 pt. FG%. More PPG.

  • Largo

    PG County stand up!

  • Hersey

    I agree with the other commenters. Durant has been sucked into Phil’s mind games. Anyone who does watch Durant play knows he gets a ton of whistles. In the playoffs, coaches are constantly looking for an edge and the whistle negates it. Jackson knows what he’s doing and the league’s leading scorer is under a microscope.

  • Jon

    glad most people here are making smart comments. laker are scum.

  • The Philosopher

    Phil Jackson is the greatest coach in NBA history. Now that being said, he knows what a few of us on these threads know: The Lakers are in trouble. Period.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Although the Fakers’ frountcourt will probably give them the edge, I would love NOTHING more than to see OKC bounce them out. You’ve be warned L-once this franchise gets a legit big-man, it’s all over.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    *been

  • Michael Scorn

    @Roc- you are wrong. If he really wanted to, LeBron could have lead the league in field goal percentage and free throw percentage and scoring.

  • T-Money

    Never leat em see you sweat…

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    Lakers will win and Durant should just shut up and not fall into phil’s trap. Phil does this every year and he’s acting like it never happened before. I like Green and westbrook. Lamar should play more, i think he can contain KD.

  • JD

    Thank you KG for encouraged the Kid, now KD can go destroy and upset the Lakers, please KD please

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @Jukai: Sharp observation. That line was definitely a counter to Phil’s statement, aimed at the refs. Smart comment by KD to win them back, and he did it while taking the high road, too.

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  • http://nimbus96@hotmail.com jdizzle

    seems to me that PHIL forgets that he had the guy that the argument about babying calls became so famous for. in case you are under 10yrs old or have been under a rock for the last 30 yrs 1 Michael Jordan got more superstar babying calls than any player in history. and Phil if u have a problem with players getting these type calls RETURN 6 of yout championship rings and we’ll call it even.

  • Ludawg

    KD is a rare kid that plays at an intense level. He is gifted no doubt, but to think Jackson is personally attacking you is foolish. The man is a legend and a mastermind. He will use anything to fire his troops up. Never challenge a legend unless you want to be taught a lesson…Lakers will take the series, but i applaud the Thunder for making the playoffs…

  • Ludawg

    The Lakers have one thing that only a few teams in the league have…More than one superstar. You shut down KD and the thunder will fall…Phil knows it and started the attack for Lamar to finish it…

  • bassplyr98

    Jackson has been doing this since Bulls/Knicks, Bulls/Pistons…Its typical posturing for him before a series. It seems in this case, that he is going the other way though, rather than saying the other guys play like thugs, he is saying the other guy gets special treatment. Kind of a turn around from Pat Riley responding to him by saying Jordan and Pippen got the star treatment from the whistle.

  • http://blomsteve@yahoo.com Steve Blom

    Phil’s all about mind games; he’s been doin that for years. He is actually respecting Kevin, not disrespecting him. The reason I say that is because Phil knows what a great young player Kevin is. It’s an attempt to throw him off of his game. Believe me when I say that Phil Jackson knows the potential of Kevin Durant, and it’s an attempt to throw him off. The Laker-thunder series is gonna be a great one to watch!

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  • chintao

    Phuck Fil.

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