For all his accomplishments, Kevin Durant is still sensitive. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
“You hear that from guys like Capela, who’s usually catching the ball or laying it up from CP or Harden. His job is not as hard. I mean when your job is that hard you don’t say s**t like that.”
Those are the words of one Kevin Durant. Yes, NBA Champion Kevin Durant. Finals MVP Kevin Durant. League MVP Kevin Durant. Nine time All Star Kevin Durant. Four time scoring champ Kevin Durant. Last but not at all least, all caught up in his feels Kevin Durant.
It’s truly amazing that a guy this good can be so sensitive about every little thing. He expresses his sensitivity by defending himself on social media using bogus accounts (he even tweeted me directly with one of them) and of course, whining to the press about something a player on another team said because apparently it left such a huge imprint on his life.
Here’s what Rockets center Clint Capela said to Tim McMahon of ESPN that got Durant so riled up he had to respond:
"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them.
But today, we were ready. I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense -- all the switches, the weak side -- and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them.
We are better than them."
Durant could not possibly blow this off as a young player expressing confidence after a big win. It’s not like he and the Warriors didn’t just win the NBA Title, where he was Finals MVP. These words were damning, and a man with KD’s resume couldn’t be silent.
When asked about Capela’s comments, he went right after the Rockets young center, saying his job isn’t hard, he is only relevant because of James Harden and Chris Paul, and he should pipe down because he has it easy.
This sentiment is entirely hilarious coming from Durant.
After all, it was Kevin Durant, while a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Western Conference Finals on the Golden State Warriors. It was Kevin Durant who believed that his Thunder were better than the Warriors. It was also Kevin Durant who proceeded to shoot 12/31 (3/11 3PT) in Game 5 (OKC Loss) and 10/31 (1/8 3PT) in Game 6 (OKC Loss) and then only took five shots the entire first half of Game 7 (OKC Loss).
His job was so hard, he bolted for the Warriors, a team that had just won an NBA record 73 games – without him.
The Warriors, led by superstar Stephen Curry, flanked by All Stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, were NBA champs the season before but would fall to the Cavs in the finals in 2016 and were already the class of the NBA. What could be easier than joining a team that is already a juggernaut?
That is exactly what Durant did. He took the easy way to a title by joining an already great team that won one without him.
Capela’s job may seem easy to Durant, but at least he’s trying to beat the best, not swallow his MVP pride, admit defeat and cowardly join them. That would have been the easiest job of all.
KD is well versed in that. Cupcakes, anyone?
As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.
Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).
Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.
But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.
Cristian Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. He acknowledged that some of his struggles last year could be attributed to some extra weight he was carrying around in addition to the already-documented mechanical flaws he had.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 22, 2024
In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.
Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.
The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.