Former NBA Player On Durant Rant: Be Quiet And Play Basketball

A 15-year NBA vet had some unsolicited advice for Kevin Durant

Zach Gelb
February 11, 2019 - 5:14 pm

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Kevin Durant lashed out at media last week, and former NBA center Olden Polynice has no idea why.

“I’ve known Kevin for a while, and I’ve learned to kind of just ignore a lot of the stuff that he goes through – and he needs to start doing the same thing,” Polynice said on The Zach Gelb Show. “He lets too many things bother him, and it’s unfortunate. This is what you signed up for. Unfortunately in sports – and generally in anything else: politics, life – it is what it is. The media is there to do a job. You might not like what they’re saying, but they’re still going to do it. You put yourself in a tougher situation when you start going back and forth with them, talking about you’re mad at this guy, mad at that guy. Now they’ve got control over you. 

“To me, I think Kevin just needs to be quiet and just play basketball,” Polynice continued. “Or at least not let this stuff get to him – because it’s going to continue. You put yourself in this position because you haven’t made a commitment to the Warriors. You got to expect clapback a little bit.”

It is unknown why a guy with two NBA titles and two Finals MVPs is so uptight these days, but one thing is certain: it’s not a good look.

“He should ignore it, but he is coming off very sensitive,” said Polynice, who played in the NBA from 1987 to 2001. “The way he’s doing it is not becoming of somebody of his stature. That’s why he needs to just let this thing go. It doesn’t matter what people say. I learned a long, long time ago from an old man – I love listening to old people talk. This old man said to me, ‘Let me tell you something, young fella. People are going to talk to you from the day you’re born – Cute baby! Ugly baby! – to the day you die. Oh, it’s so sad how he died. Oh, he shouldn’t have been with that woman. Whatever that spectrum is, it’s going to be from the day you’re born to the day they put you in that grave – and probably afterwards. You cannot let people get the best of you. It’s all talk.”

As for the big picture, Polynice believes Durant will not re-sign with Golden State – and listed the Knicks and Clippers as possible destinations.

“I don’t believe he’s going to stay (with Golden State),” Polynice said. “I think he’s done everything he can do. The main reason why I don’t believe he’s staying in Golden State is because he listened to what everybody said about him joining the Warriors. So now he’s out there to prove people wrong. ‘I’m going to get my own team and lead them to a championship.’ That’s the next (stage) of his career – because he did hear those voices.”