After Kevin Durant blasted the Detroit Pistons over their celebratory behavior following a win over the Thunder earlier this week, Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson fired back on Friday. The youngster took great exception to Durant taking exception to Reggie Jackson’s glee at beating his old team. It’s a whole wheel of exception. From the Detroit Free Press:
Johnson said such comments were “uncalled for” and said Durant “disrespected” the franchise.
“If he wanted to have an impact on the game, he should have just played,” Johnson said after this morning’s shoot-around.
He continued.“No one is scared of playing against him on this side of town,” Johnson said. “Next year we have two games scheduled, and I know, for me, it’s circled on my schedule from now on.”
Source: Pistons’ Stanley Johnson: ‘Durant disrespected our whole team’.
That’s a rookie talking to a former MVP, but you have to respect the kid’s moxie. Jackson had an unpleasant end to his time with OKC before being traded to Detroit last year. Both sides seem to think there’s an attitude problem with the other. Durant’s got a point that the Pistons barely beat OKC without KD, and that’s not all that impressive. At the same time, the Pistons are fighting for their playoff lives and KD should remember what it’s like when you’re young and trying to reach the postseason, like he and Westbrook were in 2010.
Wherever you fall on the issue, it’s pretty clear that the Pistons and Thunder are likely to have words when the two teams meet next season.
Courtesy: CBS Sports