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Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:35 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 5:07 am
 
Dirk Nowitzki is getting a second chance at the NBA Finals, but Kevin Durant isn't happy about that. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The Western Conference finals was set up as a battle between two of the league's most unguardable forwards: Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Long, coordinated, multi-talented and efficient, both players present nightmare matchups every time they step on the court. Nowitzki, 32, may very well be getting his last crack at an NBA title. Durant, 22, was taking his first real swing at a deep playoff run.

After just five games, the old head overcame the young gun.

Following Thursday's 100-96 Dallas win, Durant was asked what his feelings were about Nowitzki getting a second chance at the NBA Finals. Nowitzki's Mavericks lost a controversial 2006 NBA Finals to the Miami Heat and that was the only time in Nowitzki's 13-year career, prior to this year, that he had made the Finals. The Mavericks had been bounced in the first round in three of the last four seasons.

When faced with that question, most players would mumble some generic show of support for their competitor. Durant is not most players.

"I'm not happy at all," Durant said, shrugging and smiling. "I'm a competitor, man, I really didn't care about what he went through the last three or four years. I know that's been tough for him, you know. He lost three of the last four years in the first round. I'm sure he's happy now that he's going back to the Finals but I'm not happy for him at all because I wanted to be there. But it happens like that."

Here's video of Durant's answer to the question. 



In this Western Conference finals, the battle of the superstars was a clear win for Nowitzki. He averaged 33.8 points and 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists to Durant's 27.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. More importantly, though, Nowitzki shot 56.2% from the field while Durant shot just 43.4% and a measly 23.3% from deep. Nowitzki also got to the free throw line more and was huge late in Dallas' wins, particularly in the remarkable Game 4 comeback.

Nowitzki was the better of the superstars, but he also had the better, more tested team. Durant seems to understand that fact intimately. Will some people misinterpret his comments about Nowitzki as a sign of disrespect? It's possible. But they shouldn't. True competitors respect each other by respecting the game first, and that means focusing on the ultimate prize at all times, even in the midst of a disappointing defeat. 

After all these years -- more than a decade -- of heartbreak and frustration, Nowitzki surely knows where Durant is coming from.

Comments

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Wow,

Great lines from Durant.  Honest, straight to the point, respectful, no animosity or poor sportsmanship comments.

As for the losers calling Durant's commentary whiny, crying, etc, you know who these guys are in real life.  Guys that have never won or competed for anything, the ones who push for everyone getting a trophy, and the pansies you would punch every chance you see them because of how stupid and pathetic they look.

So go ahead, if you know one of these geeks, thump them in the head a few times, let them know what their place is in life.......



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:44 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

The previous poster said there was a more diplomatic way to say it.  That's true but that's more fake(lebum) bullzhit that a lot of us are tired of hearing.  I like this kid a lot.  He played for our country when all the other"stars" were too busy.Forget that already?  He speaks from the heart and not calculated which is not the way to go in other fields but in man to man combat it is the way to go.  I'm a big fan and he's not even on my favorite team



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:42 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Someone said this earlier, and I stand by this too...Well said, "It's about time a player in any sport doesn't give that stupid generic scripted answer to these bonehead idiot members of the media and their stupid questions."



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:29 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

I understand the point that Kevin Durant was trying to make here.He'd busted his butt all year to get to the Western Conference finals & was disappointed that his team lost. How else should a competator feel? But, he'd have come off looking better if he'd phrased these comments a little more diplomatically. Still, we do need to keep in mind that he's only 22 years old & there are some lessons about life he has yet to learn.One big lesson is that sounding like a sore loser doesn't really help your public image. Kevin Durant has a huge amount of talent, & it's fun to watch him play. He'll be an NBA star for years(a Hall Of Famer if he avoids injuries & keeps his head on straight), & should have plenty of chances to win championships.Keep pounding Kevin, you'll get there.




Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:26 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Enough with the childish comments. the Man is a competitor with a stong desire to Win. There is absolutely nothing wrong with
having this type of attitude as long as it's kept in perspective and does not disrespect the winning team in anyway. With this
type of comment from you, you might want to check and see how much growing up you need to do. Peace.



Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:24 am
 

Finally a REAL answer to a stupid question.

It's about time a player in any sport doesn't give that stupid generic scripted answer to these bonehead idiot members of the media and their stupid questions.  A REAL answer to the question, wow. 

As for all the scumbags on here calling him a cry baby and telling him to grow up...would you feel happy for the winning team minutes after losing to them?  or would you SAY you were happy because you don't have the balls to give an honest answer, in worries of some joker like whoever posted this "article" trying to sensationalize every little thing you say and spin it negatively...



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:16 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

My only guess why Durant wears a backpack is to leave the impression he has got to go so the interviews are shorter?  It's either that or he's being a 22 year old and trying to start a backpack trend?  Idk.  I'm 31 now.  I'm out of touch w/ style.  Durant said nothing wrong.  He didn't say anything disrespectful.  The kid wants to win.  I have a good feeling he'll have a few rings by the time he's done.  TRADE WESTBROOK!!!!



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:11 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Why should he be happy? At least he's being honest. Any other player who gets bounced out of the playoffs and says they're happy for the other guy is straight-up lying. I'm not happy for him either. I could care less if that big-toothed German ever wins a trophy. Just because he's played for a million years doesn't mean he deserves it more than anyone else.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:42 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

He's Racist.Tongue out



Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:39 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Hey Durant! What's in your backpack? Some kind of tissues, for your tears? Midol for your cramps? Dirk's favorite bottle of KY?

Stop crying! You lost.



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