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Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:35 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 5:07 am
 
Dirk Nowitzki is getting a second chance at the NBA Finals, but Kevin Durant isn't happy about that. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The Western Conference finals was set up as a battle between two of the league's most unguardable forwards: Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Long, coordinated, multi-talented and efficient, both players present nightmare matchups every time they step on the court. Nowitzki, 32, may very well be getting his last crack at an NBA title. Durant, 22, was taking his first real swing at a deep playoff run.

After just five games, the old head overcame the young gun.

Following Thursday's 100-96 Dallas win, Durant was asked what his feelings were about Nowitzki getting a second chance at the NBA Finals. Nowitzki's Mavericks lost a controversial 2006 NBA Finals to the Miami Heat and that was the only time in Nowitzki's 13-year career, prior to this year, that he had made the Finals. The Mavericks had been bounced in the first round in three of the last four seasons.

When faced with that question, most players would mumble some generic show of support for their competitor. Durant is not most players.

"I'm not happy at all," Durant said, shrugging and smiling. "I'm a competitor, man, I really didn't care about what he went through the last three or four years. I know that's been tough for him, you know. He lost three of the last four years in the first round. I'm sure he's happy now that he's going back to the Finals but I'm not happy for him at all because I wanted to be there. But it happens like that."

Here's video of Durant's answer to the question. 



In this Western Conference finals, the battle of the superstars was a clear win for Nowitzki. He averaged 33.8 points and 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists to Durant's 27.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. More importantly, though, Nowitzki shot 56.2% from the field while Durant shot just 43.4% and a measly 23.3% from deep. Nowitzki also got to the free throw line more and was huge late in Dallas' wins, particularly in the remarkable Game 4 comeback.

Nowitzki was the better of the superstars, but he also had the better, more tested team. Durant seems to understand that fact intimately. Will some people misinterpret his comments about Nowitzki as a sign of disrespect? It's possible. But they shouldn't. True competitors respect each other by respecting the game first, and that means focusing on the ultimate prize at all times, even in the midst of a disappointing defeat. 

After all these years -- more than a decade -- of heartbreak and frustration, Nowitzki surely knows where Durant is coming from.

Comments

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

I can't stand the Media. They ALWAYS look for bad things to say in their titles so the public will read their articles.  I think they should a media branch to find dirt on writers and publish it everywhere.   LEAVE THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS AND FOCUS ON FACTS.  Durant respects everyone and, like Jordan, he has a passion to win.  WHY DURANT SAY HE IS HAPPY FOR DIRK? He respects Dirk and the Mavs BUT WHY say he is happy for Dirk when Durant said he felt like he let the city of Oklahoma down. GET A LIFE



Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:15 am
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

I hope the media isn't making this a big story. All Durant said was the truth. I'd be surprised if Mavs players don't agree with what he said. As a competitor, you should never be happy when you lose, regardless of what the history of the opposition. Durant is my favorite player not because of how good he is on the court, but because of he acts off the court, this only adds to it.



Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Non-issue



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

KD be humbled that Dirk and company were with class, meaning they didnt kick u (instead praising thunder for their talents) while u were down. If you learned anything during these playoff series, next time, please no more of this victory "championship&quo
t; belt show-off, even if your up by 15points, under 5minutes. You jinxed your fate not-to-be in the finals.




Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Why he hate Dirk? When Dirk hugged him after the game he just completely ignored him, then he made all lovey dovey with Jason Kidd. What was up with that?



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

I like Durant even more now.  He's not insulting, just honest. 

Perhaps his team should follow his lead a little more.  Only two decent individuals on that team seem to be Durant and Collison.  The rest appear to be whiners and floppers.  Last thing I ever want to see is a fake elbow dive in the Finals. 



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Hmmm, I said NBA finals... interesting. Well, it was a final for Kevin Durant for sure.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Lets all be honest ok.

I'm glad he lost in dramatic fashion in the nba finals. Dude barely busted a grape in the biggest series in his short life. I still like KD but I could care less about him skateboarding, playing nintendo wii, and his daily reading at Half Price Books. To heck with Kevin and the thunder misfits; they got beaten bad with a maverick belt and that's all that matters to me. Maybe one or two years in Texas would've helped his whole game, maybe not, but learning to be a good loser is something he haven't grasped yet. 

Honestly speaking of course.

 



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances

Diehard Mavs fan here and I don't take Durant's comments out of text at all.  I agree with him. 

I am also a fan of Durantula so all is fair in love and war.

Bring on the Miami cHeat!  Hopefully the refs won't hand them one this time : )



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:18 pm
 

REFRESHING!

As a Lakers fan, my respect increases by the second for Kevin Durant.  I cannot stand how players are so buddy buddy in today's NBA.  Kevin Durant is a breath of fresh air.  He should NOT be happy for Nowitzki.  Dirk took something away from him that he has dreamed of.  Let that bitter sting sit in over the summer and commit to getting better.  I am so glad that Kevin didnt take the punk way out by congratulating him when he knows in his heart that he wants it.  THIS is how you lead a team.  You let them know, see, feel, hear that losing short of your goal is not acceptable.



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