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Video: Kevin Durant cries after losing in NBA finals

Jun 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

He’s going to take heat for this from some of you. The same way Chris Bosh did last year. It’s not manly to cry. He is a mama’s boy.

You say that and you would be wrong.

What we want from our stars is for them to care. To care about the team, to care about winning, to not just be playing for the money and the fame, but with passion.

Kevin Durant is showing you how much he cared. How much he wanted this. It hurts and if you are a Thunder fan — a basketball fan — you should be proud of him. He’s going to learn from this and the Thunder will be back.

  1. heat256 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I have no problem with KD or Bosh showing emotion after losing. But to all the hypocrites who mocked Bosh for it yet think it’s OK for KD: just keep your traps shut.

    • fanofsports - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      Crying or tearing? The media is so full of it!. There is nothing wrong with hugging his mom. Unlike Bosh who threw himself on the floor like a little girl. And had a man walk him to the locker room; holding him by the waist!
      And that celebration gif is hilariously fruity.

  2. zidanevalor - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I think that KD is such a good player that people forget how young he is. He doesn’t even turn 24 for another three months.

  3. inthearex - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Love this kid. He’ll get his rings soon. They learned some valuable lessons this series against the heat. They’ll only get better from here.

  4. noirad - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    No Perkins the so called “tough guy” crying, now that’s funny.

    • bougin89 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      I was thinking the same thing. Actually it was so painful watching Perkins and Harden play that I almost cried.

      • truthhurtstoo - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        I don’t think he was the only Thunder player crying… must hurt to lose 4-in-a-row

  5. hwatt - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    well kobe cried after losing a finals too and he came out ok

  6. lyndseymarieee - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Just remember KD, when the Thunder win a title in the next 3 or 4 years it will be that much sweeter. You are only 23 and are already one of the best players in the NBA. There is no shame in what OKC did this year.

  7. baron30 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    check out how bosh celebrated after the win!!!! classic….

  8. cereal blogger - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    I love Durant but he need to show a more competitive edge,,the constant Mama hugging & now the crying,,,,come on dude. THe true league assasins dont cry in public

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    KD’s the man. Unstoppable. It took the best defender/player in the world to “contain” him to 30 points a game. He’ll be back.


    If the Thunder don’t win a championship before he’s 27, let’s see how much love he gets from the same A-Holes who’ve been killing LeBron for the past few years.

    • lyndseymarieee - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      If Durant doesn’t harp on about winning multiple championships he’ll still have plenty of love. Maybe that James quote was taken a bit out of context but that is a lot of where the flack comes from when it came to Lebron not winning a title.

      • bearsrulepackdrool - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        He was getting flack even before he made that prediction in Miami.

      • scalfor3 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        he wont get it nearly as bad as lebron because
        A: hes much more likeable than lebron
        B: you can’t blame his performance for their finals loss

      • borderline1988 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        I’m not so sure.

        As unbelievable of a scorer as he is, he doesn’t defend well, doesn’t make anyone on his team better, isn’t a good passer and generally isn’t that good of a rebounder (he sometimes gets good reboudning totals b/c of his length, but he;s like Bargnani…inconsistent and should be doing better).

        So at the end of the day, the guy can flat out score. But that’s pretty much all he can do. When his teammates are floundering, he can’t do anything to help them out.

        I’m not saying that Durant isn’t a great player. He’s still the 2nd best player in the league, and the most unstoppable scorer to come into the NBA since Jordan or maybe Shaq.

        But to me, there’s a huge difference between what Lebron does and KD does. Lebron is just a total force all over the court. He could score 5 points in a game and still be the best player on the court (think about that..would never happen with Durant).

      • donfelder440 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Not to mention Durant hasn’t accepted monikers like “The Chosen One,” “The King,” and tattooed such monikers on himself.

      • finalword33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Durant was never given those monikers by the basketball world.

      • lyndseymarieee - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        I know he was getting flack before that. I was merely using the most notable example of why people seem to dislike/hate him so much.

      • lyndseymarieee - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM


        While I agree with you, his game has steadily improved since he joined the NBA. He’s only been around for 5 years. He’s still learning and developing. I believe those things will come him eventually. Maybe not with as much force or strength as LeBron, but LeBron is a manbeast. A freak of nature.

  10. 1historian - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    This finals between Miami and OKC was just the first.

    This is gonna get good.

    OKC is learning this year what Miami learned last year.

  11. dstep24 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Our bars were exploding with elation last night, watching that crooked-a$$ organization get their pride stomped, and their ____’s handed to ’em.




  12. lgwelsh1 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    The amount of physical work these men put in is beyond the comprehension of the average human being. These guys are in the weight room, the court and running for 8-12 hours a day to get themselves into the shape that’s needed to play their sport at the highest possible level. Add in the the mental part with all the film study and all the off the court responsibilities, we haven’t even gotten to their personal lives….

    We haven’t seen the last of Kevin Durant in the finals, the guy works hard and you can bet he will be taking his entire workouts, study and new life lessons to motivate him to another level. The sky is the limit for this kid.

    • scalfor3 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      i love me some kd, but i dont think he’s in the weight room much. lol

      • truthhurtstoo - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Get the kid a cheeseburger please.

  13. jeffw - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    You are NEVER too old for a hug from your mother!

  14. joegalvan02 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    saw this last night and thought it was funny Perk was crying. KD was on the verge of tears, but i never saw any waterworks… thought he showed great composure.

    not that it matters, everyone is allowed to show emotion from time to time.

    people gave bosh a hard time because he is a weirdo that does stuff like this…

  15. jeffw - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Not sure what is “weird” about showing joy and exuberance after you win a world championship…???

    • joegalvan02 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      getting on your knees in the middle of a crowded circle of men and letting them spray you in the mouth is the definition of weird….

      • finalword33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        It’s weirder if you’re a hockey player and have all your teeth knocked out.

  16. caseybojangles - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    i was pulling for the heat but KD is a good guy. he exudes everything you want not only from a sportsmanship standpoint but as a person. you can’t help but feel for him. he’ll have his day. achieving dreams are never easy…

  17. icewinna0 - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Durant’s a special player. He will win many games and is only 23. This series confused me though they were on fire and couldn’t miss against SA but Harden and Ibaka played terrible offensively in Finals. They are young and needed this experience. They have the best odds of any team going forward. These boys from OKC are scary. Way too premature when everybody crowned them after their game one win. Like LeBron said expeirience is the best teacher in life.

  18. edweird0 - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Where was this type of article defending bosh last year? Hypocrisy at its finest.

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