Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant had a few words to say to critics and doubters of Team USA after he led his nation to gold medal. In the Tokyo Olympics final, Durant led Team USA to a 87-82 win over France. Team USA has now won four consecutive gold medals and Durant was one of the keys in their run to gold in Tokyo.
“They had some power rankings out. They had us fourth behind Slovenia. Come on, man,” Durant said, in a clip that was shared by Complex Sports, as quoted on Total Pro SPorts. “Talking about they’re catching up to us, like, are you serious? This skill is unmatched, you dig? “Shoutout to everybody that won this gold, everybody that chipped in and helped out.
We’re going to the press conference, but I had to talk my s*** real quick”.
Draymond Green joined Durant's Instagram Live
Golden State Warriors big man Green was unhappy with former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins.
“You turn on American sports talk TV, and you got guys like Kendrick Perkins, you know, doubting us. Somebody needs to teach these people some loyalty. How about you cheer for your country? But then when guys don’t play, ‘Oh, you need to go represent the country.’ And then you lose, hit a little bump in the road.
And everybody’s, ‘Oh, everybody’s caught America.’ You are an American, too. Act like it. Do your job. You know, I do some media stuff. I understand doing your job. But, when you talk about a special group, you better be sure you’re right.
And a lot of people got it wrong. And trust me, I’ll be posting those guys. I’ll be posting everybody I found who said something. No one holds people accountable anymore, but I will”. Team USA lost their opening game in Tokyo and that was their lone loss at the tournament.
"This is one of those special journeys," Durant said. "When you're a part of a team that's evolving by the second, it's amazing to see. Each game we continued to grow. I'm grateful we all committed to it, we stuck with it and we finished it off."
Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich praised Durant after the final. "KD is not special because he's so talented. The way he works on his game is more impressive," Popovich said. "The relationship he builds with teammates, the respect he garners, the joy he has in playing, it's like osmosis. It goes into all the players."