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Kevin Durant calls Phil Jackson "disrespectful"

Apr 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

durant.jpgWe reported yesterday how Phil Jackson has already started working the referees in the Lakers/Thunder series by doing his best Kevin Garnett imitation and complaining about all the calls Kevin Durant gets. You know, like the ones Kobe Bryant gets.

Kevin Durant told the Oklahoman he did not find this so funny.

“Because it’s taking away from what I do,” Durant said. “That’s a part of my game, getting to the free-throw line and being aggressive. If you say that I get superstar calls or I get babied by the refs, that’s just taking away from how I play. That’s disrespectful to me.

Durant gets those calls because he is aggressive, he is the guy with the ball and he attacks the rim. If he gets some superstar calls, that’s because he’s an emerging superstar.

Jackson’s plan was really two-fold. One was to plant a seed in the minds of referees. Usually playoff games are allowed to be a little more physical than a regular season game, but Jackson would like a lot more physical. He will put Ron Artest on Durant, and the more physical he can be the better.

The second part of it is the Lakers can be a whiny team — players standing and complaining to referees about a no call rather than getting back on defense. Jackson wants his team to start playing through those calls.

Durant said Jackson’s tactics should not work.

“If the refs pay attention to that and change how they call things because of that, that’s terrible,” Durant said. “That’s terrible to the game of basketball and to us. If that happens, then (coach) Scotty (Brooks) could talk, too. Or any other coach could talk, too, just so the refs could switch everything up. But I doubt they do that.

  1. Mo - Apr 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    I think this also succeeded on a third count, planting a seed of doubt in Durant’s head. The Thunder are a very green team playoff-wise. The entire team has less experience than Derek Fisher has from last year alone. When the game becomes more physical and the whistles become less frequent, not because of Phil, but because it’s the playoffs, Durant may blame it on Phil’s comments rather than on the nature of playoff hoops. If that keeps him from going to the rim more or makes him a little more hesitant, the Lakers gain another advantage.

  2. RedRiver - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    In response to Mo:
    You don’t know Durant, so don’t predict how he is going to react.
    Go back to waiting your tables. There are a few in the lunch crowd that need refills.

  3. wayne - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Kevin Durant will learn as time goes on to not even feed into what phil or anyone else is doing or saying for that matter…this young man is growing up right b4 our eyes …and I for one am going to sit back and enjoy it to the max….

  4. 37110 - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    It shouldn’t matter if it’s regular season or playoffs, the game should be called the same. The Laker’s make a living of bitching and whining about calls or lack of them year after year. That’s why I watch less and pro ball each year, once the players start getting paid they lose their passion for the game and it becomes all about money and endorsement deals. Wake up guys you get paid an enormous amount of money to play games that kids play for free and for fun every day all year long.

  5. pspear - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    It sounds like the Durantula is already in Phil’s head, they haven’t played a game yet and Phil’s already whinin’! There is a changing of the gaurd in the Leauge and you better recognize OK City. The Lakers are OLD!!! Black Momba has been in the league since he was 18yrs old and been in the playoffs almost every year, deep in the playoffs thats alot of mins. When have you ever seen Kobe with so many tickytack injuries? after 14yrs it adds up, he ain’t 22 he’s 32,Dfish can’t stay in front of anybody anymore, he plays old man basketball you know grab your shorts or jersey, step on your feet, chicken wingin’, floppin’ and Ron (I wanna be Dennis Rodman) Artest is so mentally weak I garuntee the Durantula will POSTERIZE HIM. Riddle me this Batman whose goin’ to guard Westbrook? These kids are too young to know the supposed to laydown and rollover for the Great Laker Franchise!!

  6. DamienThorne - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Child Please…LOL@Durant in Phil Jacksons Head. You are obviously either a Laker Hater or an OKC Jock Rider. History has shown that no matter how good a young team may be, they always fall in their first trip to the playoffs because its a different animal all together and learning to win is a process. The game slows down and its more of a half court grind and the team/coach who makes the best game to game adjustments will win the series. One thing you seem to forget is Andrew Bynum will be back for the playoffs and he was absolutely beasting before he got hurt a few weeks ago. This first round Kobe will play facilitator and Bynum & Gasol will dominate the series. Lakers in 6.

  7. Phillip Fisher - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I’m a big Blazer Fan here in Oregon-when I watch Durant Play, I think what could have been here if he had been chossen instead of
    Oden-playing small forwar with Brandon Roy-Miller and the rest of this team-but who would have known at the time-another miss for the
    Blazers.

  8. Nimrod - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Lakers in five games easily…maybe four…and yes I am even a Laker hater…but experience is the key here…always is and always will be…

  9. KingNothing - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I hope Durant torches the Lakers for Phil Jackson’s blundering.

  10. jgc711 - Apr 15, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    durant has to realize that this is the playoffs…given the history of phil, he does that all the time…durant should not have responded to what phil said…now phil is in durant’s head…could this affect his game? maybe…maybe not…

  11. Jack - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    The Lakers are an elite team. I just hope that they have their wind up, because Kevin Durant leaving smoke on the court.

  12. jgc711 - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    i was thinking along the same line…how good can the blazers be if they had taken durant instead of oden…i was surprised at their choice since they already have a couple of centers in their line-up…

  13. H25 - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Don’t you remember? Kevin Durant couldn’t bench press coming out of college therefore so that in itself was going to make him a flop

  14. pspear - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Dear Damien (son of satan) jus jokin’ bro, Phil is old and decrepit just like Dfish lol!! Tex ain’t behind the bench anymore to do the real coachin’ and if you think Ouch I hurt somethin’ else Bynum is gonna make it through these playoffs you smokin’ that serious chronic!! ( jus jokin’ ). Too show you I’m a good guy and like sharp banter and witty reparte’ it hurts to say this right now, but…….I am a born and bred Crimson and Blue ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK OOOH the PAIN FAN!!! LOL!!

  15. otfl - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    durant is doing a great job, rather they make it or not the team has come a long way and in my book they are future champions.

  16. Larry - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    The league and David Stern shouldn’t have two sets of rule books, one for the playoffs and one for the regular season. Games in the regular season should be called the same way in he playoffs. The same foul in the first quarter should be the same foul in the 4th quarter. That’s called consistency the league lacks and open’s itself up to corruption (such as Tim Donaghy) That’s why HOF referee Jake O’Donnell got suspended from the playoffs and quit in 1995.
    He stated, “I have one rule book and call games as the rules of the rule book call for. Apparently David Stern has 2 rule books. One for the regular season and one for the playoffs.” Stern is clearly the most biased and disgustiog Commissioner in Sports. That’s why the owners are now losing 400 M a year.

  17. bob - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Wow, there are people that still care about the NBA?
    To bad its not real basketball

  18. Tom W. - Apr 15, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Maybe Phil is not so Zen as he likes everyone to think he is.

  19. JC - Apr 15, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Phil Jackson has officially wion the award for bonehead statement of the season, I understand the point of what he’s trying to accomplish, but really?? Who’s gonna take a complaint about the refs seriously from phil jackson, last i checked the refs have handed him 10 rings on a silver platter

  20. DTOPPDOGG - Apr 15, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Wake up haters! You’re talking about one of the greatest franchises of all time playing a playoff game against a newcomer. You’re talking one of the greatest coaches of all time. You’re talking one of the greatest players of all time. Maybe one day, but not this day. Notice, i didn’t use any names and you knew who i was talking about in each sentence above? that should tell you something..Wake up! Its over in 4….

  21. TheTruth - Apr 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    I do think “the young gentlemen” doth strike fear in Kobe’s heart. Durant is younger, quicker, faster and fearless …attributed to his youth no-doubt. KB and company got their hands full; Durant’s team has the X-factor!

  22. fhbj2000 - Apr 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Phil’s a tool!! Kobe can mug anyone on one end with no call and then take a step towards the basket with no one around him and the refs call a foul on the other end. Sounds to me like Phil is already setting up his excuse for when they get their ass kicked.

  23. Mike - Apr 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Gawd I hate it when “Never Wons” Like Durant and these other Punks run their mouths BEFORE they have achieved ANYTHING!! Win a Ring Or two,THEN flap you bug GUMS O.K.? Otherwise Shut up and play!
    GO LAKERS!!
    Remember folks Respect has to be “EARNED” NOT expected!

  24. Mike - Apr 15, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Gawd I hate it when “Never Wons” Like Durant and these other Punks run their mouths BEFORE they have achieved ANYTHING!! Win a Ring Or two,THEN flap you bug GUMS O.K.? Otherwise Shut up and play!
    GO LAKERS!!
    Remember folks Respect has to be “EARNED” NOT expected!

  25. Anonymous - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Listen pal,I am a Laker fan living in Bend Oregon for the past 5 years,The Blazers HAD to pick Oden,I thought about you guys picking Durant too,I KNEW Durant was going to be like a Garnett type of player.BUT “Conventional Wisdom” says pick Oden,You guys made the right pick,you had to get Oden ,BUT he is fragile and there was no way of knowing that when you got him!EVERYBODY would have picked Oden too with the first pick! “Hindsight is 20-20
    GO LAKERS!

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