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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.


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:47 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

What was Kevin Durant supposed to say?  "I'm happy that we lost, and that we won't be able to compete for the chamionship"?  The guy is being honest.  He's not whining about losing, he's not making lame excuses, he's not blaming everyone but himself, he's just being flat out honest.  If you were an Oklahoma City fan, would you be happy that your team lost?  I rather doubt it.  At least Kevin Durant didn't use a fake elbow injury, like LeCrybaby did last year when his team lost to the Boston Celtics.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:37 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Get used to it Durant, it'll be you until you pull a Lebron or a Dirk this year.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:25 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

I see nothing wrong with that statement either.  he wanted to win, period.   I no longer play any type of sport because all I do is fish and hunt now....but when I did play,  I always played to win and I was never happy to lose nor happy for anyone else that beat me.  If your happy to get beat you will never be the man to beat.

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:24 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

For those of you who think his comment was immature or poor sportsmanship, have you ever competed at a high level for something you really wanted? Have you suffered a gutwrenching loss in competition? Where you "happy" for the team that beat you? Come on, you people are ridiculous. You shake their hand and offer congrats and then you try to figure out how to beat them the next time, if given the chance. Durant is a positive person and a model NBA citizen. We need more guys to be like him.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:21 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

I see nothing wrong with what he said.  I wouldn't be happy candy coating there and I like that. 

Since: Apr 7, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:11 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Nothing wrong with his statement; he's just stating how he really feels.  I noticed Kevin Duran stay on the court after the game to congratulate Maverick players, but he's just stating the fact that he wanted to be the one who won, not Dirk.  In fact, it's refreshing to see someone speak his mind.  What the heck are you going to say after you lost a grueling match: "Uh, I am truly happy for Dirk who kicked our butt."  I am sure Durant has a tremendous respect for Dirk as a basketball player. 

On the other hand, Westwood just walks off the court -- now that's not good sportsmanship.

I think Miami Heat will win the Championship mainly because they have someone to guard Dirk -- LeBron.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:04 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

What would you expect from a guy who wears a school backpack...probably has a Dora the explorer picture on it....grow up kevin.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:00 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

'not a very christian statement' ????   who gives one damn about religion and why bring up such a stupid thing?    durant has every reason not to be happy and I'm glad he didn't lay out some stupid piece of bs instead of telling his true feelings.   

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:59 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

He can join the rest of the poor sportsmen on the Lakers

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:57 am

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

I have no problem with Durant's comments. Sportsmanship means accepting you were beaten fair and square. It does not mean wishing the best for the person/team that beat you. He should not be happy for Dirk. I'm sure MJ was not happy for the Pistons or the Celtics back when the Bulls were trying to break through. I'm sure Derrick Rose won't be happy for Lebron either...

I look forward to seeing if the Thunder can mature and be a force to be reckoned with over the next 5 years. Meanwhile, I AM happy for Dirk. GO MAVS!

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