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Stephen A. Smith Says Kevin Durant Has Become ‘Arrogant and Disrespectful’

Over the past two years, we’ve been able to establish that Stephen A. Smith and Kevin Durant do not have a good relationship. The ESPN analyst and former MVP haven’t seen eye-to-eye and have publicly called each other out ever since Smith reported that KD would be joining the Lakers when he’d become a free agent.

Now with the Warriors cruising to the NBA Finals, Smith can’t help but express his disdain for Durant’s decision to jump ship to the team that he lost to in the Western Conference Finals last year. On a recent episode of ESPN First Take, Stephen A. says that Durant has become arrogant and disrespectful over the past year.

“He’s aged. And along the process of aging, he’s gotten more arrogant, he’s gotten more disrespectful, he’s gotten more dismissive, particularly of the fans, and to be quite honest with you, he hasn’t gotten smarter,” Smith said. “And the reason why he hasn’t gotten smarter is because the younger Durant never would have said something so flagrantly disrespectful towards fans. This is an individual that has made well over $200 million in his career and is in the throws of a $300 million endorsement contract, and I’m here to tell you he deserves every single penny. He is a superstar. He is the real deal, in terms of his talent, and he deserves the money. But that guy that was crying during his MVP speech, dedicating so much of it to his mother and the affection he garnered because of it and the manner in which he’s conducted himself as a basketball ambassador and all that other stuff is to be commended.

“It’s just not the Kevin Durant that we’ve been seeing over the last couple of years. And maybe, just maybe, it’s a product of the fact that you’re in your 10th year and you have to jump on a well-oiled machine already to get yourself a championship, because being the superstar you were still wasn’t good enough to get it done on your own. Even with Russell Westbrook as your teammate. But what I would say is, the other word that’s apropos in this all is unappreciative. He’s unappreciative of the honeymoon that he has enjoyed. Because of LeBron James and other storylines … tell me a superstar the magnitude of Kevin Durant that has gotten a bigger pass for not capturing a championship.”

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