Kevin Durant has been fined $15,000 for his comments about a referee after the Warriors’ 123-112 win over the Knicks Tuesday, according to USA Today.
Durant said a referee had an attitude during the game, which he claimed led to a technical foul in the second half.
“He tried to make a bunch of excuses, and I told him he was wrong, and he went to halftime probably with an attitude,” he told reporters after the game. “So the second half, his whole thing is like he’s trying to get me. So look at my first tech. I got the rebound and I dribbled the ball hard, and he teched me up. He was searching for me. He looking to try and tech me up to get me back because he’s still in his feelings from the first half.”
Love routinely finds his name in the center of the Cavs’ hurricane, and he somehow figures out a way to avoid flying off the handle. Yes, he looks goofy sometimes. He makes funny faces when he’s trying to defend a quicker player. His status as the team whipping boy is good for all the jokes and memes you can post on social media.
But making fun of Kevin or Devin or Tevin won’t improve the Cavs’ lackluster defense or suddenly make the oldest team in the NBA younger. It’s time for the guys in Cleveland to stop looking at Love and start looking in a mirror.
“I wasn’t getting picked on last night. I was being a diva last night. I’ve got to just own up to it. I watched it when I got home. I was wondering why he was coming at me so hard but then I watched the plays I was like, `Yeah, I looked like a jerk out there.’ It was bad. Luckily we won and we can move past it and I kind of owned up to it. I’ll be better next time.
“I wish I could apologize to James because that was out of my character.”
The line stretched from the entryway to the NHL Stadium Series fanfest, across an area the size of a dusty football field, to a small tent that housed several Olympic heroes. Some fans clad in Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals jerseys, some clad in an entirely different kind of uniform at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, some old enough to remember the Miracle on Ice, many too young to remember Nagano, they began gathering 90 minutes before the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey players were due to arrive for autographs and pictures and a chance for admirers to ogle the new hardware around their necks.