Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  48 responses

Kevin Durant Doesn’t Understand the Hate for LeBron

KD says he can’t figure out why people continue to be mad at LBJ. The Oklahoman reports: Durant admits he is puzzled at certain people’s animosity toward LeBron James since he decided to sign with Miami. ‘A lot of people really don’t get to see what kind of person he is,’ Durant said of James. ‘He was trying to look out for himself, his family and trying to make the right decision for his family. You can’t blame a man for that, no matter what you do, (whether it’s) playing basketball or being a teacher. People with different professions leave their jobs all the time for better places. So you can’t judge him for what he did. He’s just looking out for himself.’”

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  • http://google c_cantrell

    thats right kd.. the most humble man in the entire league said it himself.. nothin wrong with his decision hes a grown ass man and make his own choices

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Perhaps the smartest thing I’ve heard from an NBA player in 20 years.

  • michael

    nothing wrong with what he did…”the decision” special was the wrong way to do it…who gives a sh1t…lets move on, this will be a season for the ages i think

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Let KD leave in five more years, as the chosen one for the league and team, to play with Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin, and then we will see if he understands. KD cannot be this dumb or is he trying to get on Lebron’s good side. Even Kobe stated its his choice, but he would not do it and alot of other players. KD strikes me as a guy who is by the book on everything, which is not humble but naive and for him to make a statement that he doesn’t understand the hate is funny. Because KD, he was not looking out for his family or kids, don’t you think they would have wanted to stay in Cleveland with the friends/family they grew up with. Also KD is right about one thing, Lebron was looking out for himself to get the most amount of rings the easiest without having to score 30 points a game or be the leader, the HEAT was too much for Lebron and he pulled a shawshank, but their will be no redemption for him. KD might want to stick to coming off as a humble superstar that is the Nobel Peace prize winner. KD just got trapped by some media person with that question. BOOK IT!!

  • Marcel Mutoni

    click on the link. KD turned down LBJ’s party invite. I enjoyed that.

  • slick ric

    I dont understand the hate either; however, he was not looking out for his family, just himself, but the criticism he recieved was ridiculous.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^The Seed..
    this is maybe the most ignorant thing iv ever heard u say.. nothing u say makes any sense at all.. get outta here dude

  • jwise

    Bullshit don’t say Kobe cause the one season he was without shaw and b4 gasol he was demanding a trade and crying the lakers lied and they the reason he don’t get along with shaq and he would b a Chicago bull if they found a way to keep deng and make the trade w lakers and then West gave him gasol who is the most skilled big man in nba for kwame brown…really??? Stop the lebron hate or go on YouTube and watch Kobe diss lakers and Bynum if u forgot…u think if Kobe was in cle as long as lebron and his role players played like they did in playoffs every year he wouldn’t leave? He didn’t join lakers or Celtic or magic the teams he need to beat who all have at least 3 top nba stars…Kobe,gasol,Odom,artest…Allen,Ronda,kg,pierce….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m now thoroughly convinced The Seed is in a mental home and gets computer access an hour a day.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    To be honest, I was actually glad when Lebron signed with Miami. I thought Miami would be everyone’s new favorite team. At the time, I also didn’t understand why everyone was so pissed off at him. But what do I know…

  • vtrobot

    KD would hate LBJ if KD were white. P.S. just f*cking around.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I can only speak for myself, and I’m not gonna front, the reasons why I got so “heat”ed initially were 1) the way he handled his “decision” and 2) every other sports broadcaster had every other Bulls fan gassed up, thinking he was gonna sign with us. So I was pissed at first. Now? It’s been 3 months, let it go y’all. I can understand Cleveland fans, I don’t see them ever really easing up on their hate towards him, but I don’t see why everyone else still hates him.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    On another note, KD teaming up with D. Rose and Blake Griffin would be ill as f*ck…if they all signed in Chicago.

  • http://safjdklf.com Jukai

    Eboy: It should not have taken you that long to realize that.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Funny guys, I state great points all the time, check my posts the last few months, I get plenty of consigns. Its just some of yall don’t know how to think. KD saying he doesn’t understand the hate is straight dumb. There are kids who understand the hate, but a grown NBA superstar who signed with his small time team, and every media outlet stated the he is anti Lebron doesn’t understand is a smart move, because he has too. I watched ESPN, PTI, Around the Horn and all of them called him the anti Lebron, but now KD act like he never knew what was going on, and doesn’t understand the hate from some media, fans and Cleveland. Put it like this, A two time superstar, who team had the best record in back 2 back years, decided to leave his hometown, team, because he could get no one to join him, but went to other players team, who already led the team to a title, and Lebron offically puts himself out of the MVP race for the next 6 years, just like Kobe/Shaq cancelled themselves out over that time. Also @C_CANTRELL, dude I have read your statements, you disagree to agree alot anyway and @EBAY, dude you just happy Lebron deciede to join your squad, so now you protect him. LOL BOOK IT!!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I don’t have any hate for LBJ, but I understand it for the people that do and I won’t try to make any excuses for him. I hope KD doesn’t really believe what he said. To ignore how LBJ went about it. And how can he call moving away from your family/long-term friends doing what’s best for them? LBJ had every right to do what he did and if KD simply said he supports somebody for excercising their right, then I’d say that’s fair. But to claim to be ignorant to why people are hating on LBJ, I just don’t get it. KD is the new chosen one in the L, I hope he gets some PR coaching on how to interview etc.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Uh oh. He’s deviating from the script. He must be punished…

  • http://www.imezell.com Ezell

    The Seed is buggin’. Nobody but LeBron knows what was going on in Cleveland that finalized the conclusion of him leaving that city. He didn’t go into detail as to why he left, in the midst of the rumors swirling about. He took the high road, so backlash is expected. Every man makes moves based on what they want or need the most. Regardless if its the environment, money, or team (co-workers) or a combination of all three.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    K.D. does really understand, he’s just being a politician.

  • Javy

    You can take care of your family here and in China if you got paid the same money…..Sorry KD but that’s not the point!
    Why Miami?….Why a second best, why be sloppy seconds…..why….why?
    Wade, please teach him how to compete please!!

  • Mo

    @ Javy

    LeBron aint “second best” to Wade no matter how you wanna try and spin it. He’s was better than Wade “before” the decision, and he’s still better than him “after” the decision. And teach him how to compete? Lol. Stop letting hate cloud your judgement dude.

  • feez22

    people are still talking about this? goddamn it GET OVER IT lol even durant the people’s champ doesn’t understand the hate. lol @ people calling lebron a narcissist and an arrogant jerk etc… guess what? people said that about kobe, iverson, jordan (had to put iverson in there to prove my point lol of course he is no jordan)f… all those players. and look where they are at or headed to? thats right the HOF. people act as if lebron killed someone… its just amusing to me that a person that hasn’t done anything legally wrong can be more hated than a 2 time accused rapist in roethlisberger or a guy that retires and unretires every year in favre…

  • VisionofGreatness

    Kevin is not being naive here. What he doesn’t understand is why people dislike LeBron so much for changing teams. It seems like he’s getting more hate now for what he did, not how he did it which was the case in the beginning. He was a free agent. People expected him to stay in Cleveland and play by himself. Charles Barkley expected him to. MJ and Magic expected him to. I was one of the ones who was a little disappointed initially that LeBron decided to play with Wade…until I thought about the Bulls with MJ and Scottie. LeBron’s best sidekick was Larry Hughes….I would change teams too. He signed that 3 year deal for a reason. If they didn’t look like a championship team in 3 seasons, he was going to leave. We all should have known. They didn’t get it done, so he left. People in Cleveland would have been fine if he would have stayed and lost for another 7 years. Everyone involved was selfish…so why couldn’t LeBron be selfish and do what was best for his career? He did. Now it’s time to leave him alone and watch him do damage with Wade, Bosh and the Heat. The Q ratings and all that crap doesn’t matter once the Heat start winning. Hate if you want….December 25, 2010. Heat vs. Lakers….can’t wait. Tell me this isn’t going to be a season to remember.

  • Tyler

    KD is stating facts. I understand Cleveland fans are mad but everyone else needs to stfu and watch the upcoming season cuz it’s gonna be great.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper


  • Seven Duece

    Maybe it’s me, but it’s just basketball. He didn’t turn his back on the cure to AIDS; he went to play a game in another city. And…..?

  • alvin

    co sign jwise everybody forgets about that season!!! lol

  • The Philosopher


  • Mo

    The only people that have a reason to be upset are Cleveland fans (although burning the man’s jersey was a little much for me). Show some respect for him putting that team/ city on the NBA map again. The NY, Chicago, LA, etc fans are upset because he didn’t go to their favorite team. Period. The media gassed up NY fans for years about LBJ coming there. Don’t be pissed at him, be pissed at yourselves for believing it or the media. If Lebron would’ve went to any of those other cities, they wouldn’t be saying sh**. I live in Chicago and can’t understand the hating here. I listened to hour long radio shows (LeBron Watch 2010) dedicated to LeBron coming here. It was crazy. Now since he chose another city, u get mad? Miami won the “lottery” so congrats to them. Fans in other cities need to stop being a bunch of Bitter B1tches cause he didn’t choose your team.

  • vtrobot

    @feez22: Amen, brother. Part of it is that some people value professional sports more than womens’ safety/basic human rights.

  • Dre

    That is KD’sway of saying the hate is stupid and you would have to be adunb@$$ to hate the man for what he did. KD said it right!

  • Dre

    that is a dumb@$$

  • JalepinoSausage

    It’s simple : Dre is a crack in THE DUMB@$$ ! & Bron is King ! Yall gonna see history this season THE KING JAMES VERSION !! word

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    I can understand being a little upset at Lebron if your a Cleveland fan, but if your not one STFU. Some these fans are acting str8 homo, maybe even Mo Williams-ish. They like oh he should not have don’t it like that on tv and raising 3 mil for charity. U guys acting like this man broke up with u on tv. Lebron is not your boyfriend! People like oh he was just thinking about himself! So the fu@k what, what’s it to u. Athletes do it all the time, but its usually on there financial behalf. Take a big contract to play for a sorry azz team and just sit back and watch the Lakers win chips. And then try to d*ck ride to a chip when they get older and get on a talented team. I f Lebron wins a chip in Miami he will have defiantly contributed, unlike a Gary Payton, or when Charles got old and fat and then tried to team up with Pip and Dream to get a chip.

  • T-Money

    marcel: why do you care or even “enjoyed” that kd didn’t attend bron’s party? that’s a bit weird. how does that affect you? or kd? or bron?

  • T-Money

    the summer’s over ya’ll, stop catching feelings. i don’t wanna hear none of that psych pop sh!t no more. if you don’t like bron’s game or don’t think he’s as good as advertised or think the heat will fall short, that’s cool. if you don’t like the man, i don’t give a eff. let’s talk ball.

  • tony knorr

    I read these things all the time but rarely post due to the incredibly ridiculous nature of half these posts being so astoundingly stupid I would be degrading myself by responding to them however the seed has really annoyed me this time. His posts almost always annoy me but this one was just brutal. KD is a class act and without a doubt knows lebron james as a person better than any of us ever will. which brings me to my next point none of us, NONE OF US, will ever know what the true wants and needs of lebron and his family were leading up to this off season so making assumptions about what they may or may not have wanted is stupid. but seed ask yourself this if you could live in cleveland or miami which would you choose. I co-sign anybody who has called you out on your first comment. You really ought to start thinking before you post because despite your apparent delusions about making good points from time to time all you ever seem to do on here is embarrass yourself. And to the rest of the slam family, well lets just enjoy the show this year because we are all going to be blessed with seeing two of the most talented all around players of the last twenty years play together which hasn’t happened since mj and pippen, except this dynamic duo also gets to have one of the top 2 or 3 power forwards in the game also finish their assists off with a high percentage.

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

    Co-sign Eboy’s first comment and niQ and Tarzan, all at the same time.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    Cosign Tony knorr.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol @the seed. fools crazy

  • Mr. Robinson

    Seed fell off during the playoffs.
    After he made that call about how LeBron was gonna choke, its been downhill since.
    Then came the bible debate w/ philosopher. he still has his moments though.

  • rob

    It’s time to move on. Lebron is a great player. Let’s enjoy this next season. Great games are ahead of us.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzrrrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzzrooonnnnnnnnnnnn(wake up, look at the calendar)zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooooonnnnnnnnnn

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    co-sign Allenp’s sarcasm.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 Jackie Moon

    Kevin Durants reg season high in points is lower than Lebron’s, so KD can’t talk.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    @michael Agree with that comment. People don’t hate LeBron so much for leaving as everyone understands why he did. It’s the way he did it that everyone has a problem with.

  • KB8toSG8

    Hmmm……a diplomatic answer, I guess. Good job at trying to become NBA’s new poster-child, KD.

  • sun

    Some of you all take things a bit too literal (see “Seed”). KD clearly has abilities to think beyond surface, therefore understands why people would hate…but what he doesn’t understand, is how people could be so ridiculous to hate a man for making a decision he has the right to make. He is “confused” by the ignorance of people. And for those who still (again see – “seed”) don’t get it, he is calling out you elementary thinking individuals. On another note….this season is gonna be crazy…kobe going for 6/lbj,wade,bosh trying to create F*u team/KD with no real tangible ceiling/Seed making nonsensical comments and people responding (like me)….should be good times