As the NBA's newest "bad-boy," you won't often find Kevin Durant apologizing for a comment he made previously.
But last nights remarks about league official James Williams may have been to much for even Durant's standards. Tuesday night, Williams and Durant had a bit of an exchange, that ended with Durant saying referee James Williams was targeting him specifically.
“went into halftime, probably with an attitude. So second half, his whole thing was he’s trying to get me." said Durant during Tuesday night's postgame presser. "So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he tech’d me up. He was searching for me. He was looking to try to tech me up to get me back because he’s still in his feelings from the first half.”
Apparently, after reviewing the game, the fouls, and the plays, KD decided to issue a sort-of apology to Williams, admitting he may have misread the situation.
“I looked at a couple of techs, and the plays, and I was being an a— hole last night,” Durant said after practice Wednesday. “I was being a jerk. -- That one foul at the end wasn’t a foul,” said Durant, who reviewed the plays when he got home Tuesday. “I shouldn’t have slammed the ball down like I did. I can go back and say I was being a jerk last night, and I deserve whatever the league is going to throw at me. I wish I had handled that better, obviously, but it was kind of heat of the moment for me. I could be better. It was a great learning experience for me, though.”
Since joining Golden State, Kevin Durant has taken on a new persona, one that has taken the league by storm. But in this moment of humility, we get to see a side of Durant we haven't seen in a long time.
Is this a sign that he'll start toning things down?