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Kevin Durant to media: ‘I actually do love you guys’

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Three

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 9: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder are interviewed after leading their team to victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant has taken his share of shots at the media in the last year – saying we don’t know s---, mistreat Kobe Bryant and dislike the Thunder.

As he has before, Durant wanted to contextualize his latest comments.

Erik Horne of The Oklahoman:

Durant makes a fair point. Plenty of media rushed to call him thin-skinned without realizing the irony of their retorts.

So, feeding Durant’s desire for a conversation…

The media – as much as so many people can be described as a single entity – might dislike Durant attacking them as a means to shed his soft-spoken image. They might dislike Russell Westbrook’s occasional testiness.

But more so, they enjoy watching those two stars play and appreciate their sound bites.

The media leaves the Thunder on the periphery of the championship discussion for one reason: The Warriors and Spurs have been amazing. In a typical year, Oklahoma City might be the favorite. But Golden State and San Antonio are having seasons for the ages. The Cavaliers also get credit, because they neared that level last season before Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving get hurt – and they have a far easier road to the Finals.

We all recognize how good the Thunder can be with Durant and Westbrook healthy. But this year, that still might not be enough.

That’s not nitpicking. It’s reality.

There needn’t be ulterior motives to say so.