Nene Says Kevin Durant Gets Away With Carrying the Ball

by February 03, 2014

Washington Wizards big man Nene was all worked up following his team’s upset 96-81 win over the visiting OKC Thunder on Saturday. Nene took angry shots at Kendrick Perkins, but toned it down when discussing Kevin Durant and the refs. Per CSN Washington:

Nene finished with 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Perkins missed all three of his field-goal attempts in 20 minutes of play.

“That’s what that dude can do. He can’t do anything else, man,” Nene said. “That dude got zero points. Let’s keep it tame.”

In other words, Nene consciously stopped himself. As he left the locker room, guess who came walking down the hallway? Perkins, with a bandage over his eye. They ignored each other and didn’t exchange a nod or the usual “Good game” pleasantries.

Nene had nothing but praise for the NBA’s leading scorer, Kevin Durant, but took a polite dig at him, too.

“First of all, pray,” he said of how the Wizards were able to hold Durant to 8-for-21 shooting. “Second, have good luck. The third, do your best. That dude is very skilled, long body, tall, skinny but strong for that kind of body — and the referees are allowing him to carry the ball.”