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Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments on media attention

Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments on media attention

Kevin Durant can become a free agent this summer, and if he hits the open market, he wants to be able to craft his own narrative.

The Warriors forward has been irritated with the media at various points this season, and he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock that reporters' constant attention on his upcoming free agency has irked him because, at the end of the day, it's his life and his story to tell. 

“That’s a hot topic,” Durant said of his free agency. “But you don’t have to talk about it. And then you don't have to get mad when I don’t want to talk about it. And then you don’t have to get mad when your little brain is roaming around, but you can’t find the correct answers. That’s bad journalism. That's not doing your job well.”

The two-time NBA Finals MVP also said he believes media is upset with the players who choose to tell their own story through various platforms rather than going through them.

Durant's comments were a hot topic across the sports world Tuesday, and they didn't sit particularly well with FOX Sports 1's Skip Bayless or Shannon Sharpe, who went at Durant on "Undisputed," calling the Warriors star "uninteresting" and claiming no one would notice if he were out for the playoffs.

"So, Kevin says, 'They need me,' " Bayless said. "No. Seriously, we don't. Do we need LeBron [James]? Yeah, I'm going to give you LeBron because trust me on this, Kevin Durant: LeBron James is 100 times more interesting than you are.

"I don't know what it is about LeBron James, born on Dec. 30, 1984, he and Tiger Woods have this in common. There's a force field that revolves around both of them, and I can't explain it because it's inexplicable. But stuff just keeps happening to both of them that is highly interesting. On a nightly basis, there's a subplot of every LeBron James game, and I miss him greatly. If Kevin Durant were out for the playoffs, nobody would really care -- I know he's been out for the playoffs, and nobody cared. Life goes on.

"The only thing interesting about Kevin off the court is, on a daily basis, what is he mad about today? What little unimportant thing is he mad about now, and why? That's all that's interesting about him because he always seems so sour. It's always downbeat with him."

Sharpe then went at Durant for what he saw as the Warriors star's "condescending tone" in the interview.

"Skip, the thing with me is the talking down," Sharpe said. "I mean, now Kevin Durant wants to be a Nobel Laureate. He wants to make people feel that he's so much smarter than you, that your brain is so small, you can't even begin to possibly imagine what's going on in my world with what I'm thinking about and what I'm feeling. I don't like the condescending tone."

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Durant's irritation with the media's questions has been somewhat puzzling. By signing a two-year contract with an opt-out after the first year, Durant left the door open for his exit. Since Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP, it's only natural the media would be interested in whether he'll decide to stay or leave.

Also, the questions Durant has faced are no different than the volume of questions faced by any other marquee star before they head into free agency. While there has been an excessive number of rumors swirling around Durant, it's the same situation James faced prior to last offseason. It's the same thing Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard have faced this season before they hit free agency.

As the Warriors continue their march to a third consecutive NBA title, the future of the dynasty will continue to be a topic of conversation with Durant's future in doubt. That's just the way it is.

Ex-Warrior Stephen Jackson asks that Americans get real about racism

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Ex-Warrior Stephen Jackson asks that Americans get real about racism

Anyone paying a moment of attention to the latest symptom of our national crisis had to see this coming. Stephen Jackson, emotionally wounded and visibly unnerved all week, is asking for help from a group whose support is essential.

Standing before a crowd in Minneapolis on Friday, where his friend, George Floyd, died under the knee of a police officer, the former Warriors forward sent a message that needs to be heard:

“To my white brothers, I love you. Every race here, I love you. But it comes to a point now, where if you love me and you not standing on the side of me, then your love don’t mean s--t.”

Jackson was appealing to folks of all colors to stand up or sit out. Join the struggle for progress or concede you accept America as it is, in which case your love or friendship is hollow.

Wearing a black hoodie etched with white letters “RIP GEORGE FLOYD 3rd Ward, TX,” Jackson – joined by the likes of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns and entertainer Jamie Foxx – urged folks of all races and ethnicities to ensure Floyd does not die in vain.

And that any trial should not focus on Floyd’s character – he allegedly was passing a possible $20 bill – but on those responsible for his death.

"I'm here because they're not gonna demean the character of George Floyd, my twin," Jackson told those at the rally. "A lot of times, when police do things (that) they know that's wrong, the first thing they try to do is cover it up and bring up their background -- to make it seem like the bulls--t that they did was worth it. When was murder ever worthy?

“But if it's a black man, it's approved.”

"You can't tell me,” Jackson continued, “when that man has his knee on my brother's neck -- taking his life away, with his hand in his pocket -- that that smirk on his face didn't say, ‘I'm protected.’”

Jackson, and many others with a platform, is urging sisters and brothers of another color to pick a side. Are you willing to accept such tragedies as that which resulted in the death of Floyd and so many, many, many others throughout American history? Or are you ready to stand up and join the fight against a system that routinely enables malicious actions that tear at the hearts of communities?

Floyd’s death is the third high-profile incident this year involving an African-American fatality at the guns of law enforcement or vigilantes. These actions ignited the flame that resulted in rebellious acts all over the country. Oakland. Los Angeles. Denver. New York. Chicago. Obviously, Minneapolis and its twin-city neighbor St. Paul.

It’s also raging in Louisville, which already was seething in the wake of the shooting of Breonna Taylor, who was home in bed.

In the so-called enlightened age, it’s reasonable to wonder how much of this can be tolerated.

“If they’re not giving us no answers, we gotta come up with our own answers,” Jackson said. “And we willing to do that. Understand that. We’re willing to do that. We gonna use our platform. I’m going to use everything I have to get a conviction, to get all these MFs in jail – excuse my French, I’m angry – but I’m a proud back man.”

From slavery to lynching to Jim Crow to today, with violent crimes recorded on cell phones, there is a preponderance of evidence of racism in the United States. America’s racist history, and its racist present, is by far the biggest barrier to be cleared before we can reach our national potential.

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Effecting real change can’t happen if the majority is silent. Non-racists merely perpetuate the status quo, which has existed for 400 years.

No, any real progress toward this country living up to its ideal, its written promise, requires cooperation across all lines. Racial. Gender. Sexuality. Ethnicity. Age. Economic. Political.

Whether it’s an impossible bridge to build is to be determined. But millions, over four centuries, have tried, some giving their lives. All have failed.

And we will continue to fail until enough people with a conscience can summon the courage to join hands and fight the only war that can improve our nation. Jackson is ready.

"I'm hurt. I'm angry,” he said. “But I ain't scared.”

Steve Kerr, Warriors make fun of Draymond Green same way once per year

Steve Kerr, Warriors make fun of Draymond Green same way once per year

In April 2011, when he was a junior at Michigan State, Draymond Green put on a helmet and pads, and participated in the Spartans' spring football game.

Of all the players Steve Kerr has coached with the Warriors, is the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year the one guy he believes could play in the NFL?

"I would say Draymond Green -- he's got the body type, he's got the competitiveness, he's got the fight -- [but] the problem is, every year, we show one clip of Draymond playing in the spring game at Michigan State," Kerr explained to Chris Long on the "Green Light" podcast. "He jumps offsides as a tight end, and then he drops a pass.

"We show that in our film session once a year just to make fun of him. So, I don't think I can say Draymond."

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“It’s never as easy as it looks,” Draymond told Hugh Bernreuter of mlive.com in June 2011. "I thought I knew what I was doing, until I got jammed at the line of scrimmage. It’s not easy. It’s like basketball. It looks easy, but it’s not.

“I like my future in basketball a little better.”

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Yes, the three-time NBA champion made the right decision to pursue a professional hoops career. No doubt about it.

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