Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Reporters Aren't All-Stars with Durant

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Reporters Aren't All-Stars with Durant

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NEW YORK -- Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant isn't impressed by the media; he made that much clear to a crush of reporters on All- Star Weekend.

"You guys really don't know [expletive]," Durant told reporters on Saturday. "To be honest, man, I'm only here talking to y'all because I have to. ... So I really don't care. Y'all not my friend. You're going to write what you want to write. You're going to love us one day and hate us the next. That's a part of it. So I just learn how to deal with y'all."

Last week, Durant said the media has too much power in voting for the most valuable player award and that the rules should be changed. Durant is the reigning NBA MVP -- as voted by the media.

The All-Star Game has put unprecedented media demands on the players. But Wizards All-Star John Wall doesn't agree with Durant's opinion.

"I think they do a great job," Wall said of the media, according to The Washington Post. "Sometimes they're going to say bad things, they're going to say negative things. But that's part of their job.

"You can build a friendship with them, but still know it's a business they have to do," Wall continued. "So if they ever write a bad story, you can't ever get mad at those guys because they're doing their job."

DIRK DUNKS: One of the most memorable plays of the All-Star Game on Sunday came from one of the older players, Dirk Nowitzki.

The 36-year-old Mavericks star slammed home an alley-oop in the first half that threw the West bench into its biggest celebration of the game.

"We were actually joking [that coach Steve Kerr] was going to draw up an alley-oop play for him," said the Stephen Curry, who threw Nowitzki the pass on a fast break. "But he was going to need a couple plays go get loose first."

After Nowitzki got loose, Curry threw a no-look pass on a fast break and the power forward slammed it home. …

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