Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is perhaps the best liked player in the NBA, a future Hall of Famer who was held up as some sort of super-famous ideal in the wake of LeBron James's "The Decision" fiasco. As the story goes, Durant is humble, kind, and everything the MVP of an internationally popular league should be. At its worst, this public image has been wielded by various groups as a cudgel against any players who may not conform to the dominant culture's expectations, all while presenting Durant as a dull goody-two-shoes with no personality. Yet, if that brand has been unfair to KD as a person, it's also allowed him not to get caught up in any dust-ups with the media.
That's all changed in the past week, because Durant has been involved in several minor controversies that have added up to begin a shift in coverage. It started at All-Star Weekend in New York, when he stated that media members shouldn't be voting on awards, generally don't know what they're talkingRead More »from Kevin Durant is speaking his mind more often, with varying results