Kevin Durant: I don’t want to be captain and draft All-Stars
Kevin Durant narrowly trails Stephen Curry for the Western Conference lead in All-Star fan voting.
If Durant – who led the early returns before getting passed by his Warriors teammate – had his way, he wouldn’t re-claim the lead.
Each conference’s vote leader will captain an All-Star team, drafting his teammates from a pool of other All-Stars.
Durant isn’t just insecure. He’s openly insecure.
If people weren’t so busy being mad at him for signing with Golden State, they might appreciate his transparency (at least when it doesn’t come via burner social media). Durant is protected by the draft not being revealed by the league, but he still explained how he’s uncomfortable with the exercise, anyway. That opens him to criticism for being soft, scared, cupcake – the usual (that doesn’t apply on the court).
Durant’s reluctance probably stems from his high-profile feud with Russell Westbrook. That would only get re-examined if Durant is a captain, and he clearly wants to move on.
This answer is fascinating, if not also foolish. Isn’t Durant implicitly asking his haters – of which there are many – to vote for him and put him in the awkward and unwanted position of picking teams? (Unless he’s conning everyone and wants to win.)
If he wants votes, Curry is taking a much simpler approach when asked whether he wanted to win captaincy.
Curry to Slater, via ESPN:
Curry is fearless and cutthroat, traits too rarely used to describe him because of his diminutive size and polished public persona. He’ll draft who he wants and deal with the hurt feelings.