The reigning MVP is getting combative with the media at All-Star weekend. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant said on Friday that media members should have less power and players should have more when it comes to voting for end-of-season awards. The next day, he doubled down on his criticism when he was asked about Thunder head coach Scott Brooks' job security, via the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry:

“You guys really don’t know (expletive),” Durant told reporters in his final interview session before Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Durant was later asked what stories he would like the media to focus on more.

“To be honest, man, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to,” Durant said. “So I really don’t care. Y’all not my friends. You’re going to write what you want to write. You’re going to love us one day and hate us the next. That’s a part of it. So I just learn how to deal with y’all.”

“I'm 26 years old so I'm in my mid-20s, almost to 30,” Durant said. “My first few years in the league I was just finding myself. I think most of the time I reacted based off of what everybody else wanted and how they viewed me as a person. And I'm just learning to be myself and not worry about what anybody says. I'm going to make mistakes. I just want to show kids out here that athletes, entertainers, whoever, so-called celebrities, we aren't robots. We go through emotions. We go through feelings. And I'm just trying to express mine and trying to help people along the way. But I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I'm just this guy that got programmed to say the right stuff all the time and politically correct answers. I'm done with that. I'm just trying to be me and continue to grow as a man.”

Well, this is a lot more helpful to the media than Russell Westbrook's non-answers, that's for sure. And it's interesting how Durant seems to have changed in this regard over the last few years. As Mayberry pointed out, the shift was evident when he talked to USA Today's Sam Amick about his decision to withdraw from Team USA last summer.

So, does Durant have a point? I'd say he's expressing something a lot of players think but wouldn't say publicly. No one really benefits from players giving robotic answers to pointless questions in interviews, and it's no coincidence that this came out during the All-Star break, when there are about a gazillion reporters sticking recorders and microphones in these guys' faces. It's a little odd, though, that it's Durant of all people who is upset, given the very few instances in which he's faced harsh criticism over the course of his career. 

Kevin Durant is sick of reporters.  (USATSI)
Kevin Durant is sick of reporters. (USATSI)