There are some changes going on with how Kevin Durant carries himself on the basketball court. It has led to the new tagline #KDIsNotNice.
Durant has picked up seven technical fouls this season, was ejected for the first time in his career, is getting texts from his grandmother telling him to stop cussing and has been seen recently going back and forth with teammate Serge Ibaka.
Durant and Ibaka have yelled back and forth at each other in games recently while disagreeing on something.
“We’re just trying to help each other out. At the end of the day, that’s all we’re trying to do,” Durant said. “It’s times when I mess up and he tells me. It’s times when he messes up and I tell him. We both got to do a better job of responding to each other and just helping each other out.”
Asked if the frustration is from the defensive end or offense end, Durant said “it’s both ends.”
“I think it goes back to us wanting to be so perfect,” Durant said. “Sometimes we both got to just calm down and play the game.”
This seems to happen mostly on the defensive end when there is a breakdown and the Thunder give up an easy basket.
Ibaka and Durant both aren’t the best defenders in the league but have been making strides to get there. There is a considerable drop off in the Thunder’s pick-and-roll defense when Kendrick Perkins or Nick Collison is not on the floor.
The yelling at each other is probably pretty harmless. There’s no way either has and resentment towards the other and if anything, it’s probably a good thing that they are able to call each other out.