Kevin Durant’s Warriors tenure did not get off on the right foot on Tuesday night. Hosting an ascendant Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State got stomped by 29 points, a result so shocking that it promped some (ridiculous) online rumblings wondering if KD had actually made the team worse. Like any superstar would, Durant is using those slights as motivation — by yelling them at himself.
For those who are unfamiliar with the attitudes of athletes raised on Nike and Gatorade commercials, Durant’s conversations with himself while he stayed late after practice sound like the one-man dialogue of a crazy person, but you know and we know that he’s simply narrating his own motivational ad.
“They told me I ain’t have no drive! I’m out here. They called me a coward! Putting in work.”
When asked after his session about shouting criticisms, Durant explained, “That’s what I say to myself when I’m working. I hear it all the time. You hear the noise. You hear what they say about you. Everybody hears it. So it’s a little extra motivation when you hear it.”
The Warriors face the Pelicans on Friday night, and if they lose again, Durant will have plenty of fuel for those extra sessions.