The Golden State Warriors got blown out on opening night, as the San Antonio Spurs came into Oracle Arena and throttled them 129-100. It was really no big deal, considering it was only GAME ONE of an 82-game season. But because the Warriors choked away a 3-1 lead in the Finals and added Kevin Durant to their squad this year, every single thing this team does will be put under a microscope.
It seems that Durant is using this scrutiny to try to motivate himself. Here’s a video of Durant trash talking himself while working on his jump shot at practice.
Shooting his last shots, Durant said, “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.”
I’ve always thought this kind of stuff was ridiculous. Why in the hell would Kevin Durant care about what dipshits in the media have to say? Like “Oh man, I better work on my game extra hard now. Gotta prove Skip Bayless wrong!” Their opinions are totally irrelevant. You would think winning a goddamn championship would be motivation enough, but I guess Durant needs to add some outside fuel to the fire.
Even though I’d consider myself a Kevin Durant fan, I’m still hoping the Warriors’ season ends in disastrous fashion. What can I say? Some men just like to watch the world burn.