Kevin Durant was the subject of a mild controversy in Oklahoma City on Thursday as the The Oklahoman printed a headline about the Thunder small forward and likely winner of the MVP that said “Mr. Unreliable.”
It was talked about ad nauseum in advance of Thursday’s Game 6 with the Memphis Grizzlies, including Durant’s mother voicing her displeasure with the headline and Durant himself admitting he doesn’t read newspapers but saying they can print what they want.
The newspaper’s editor later released an apology saying the headline failed and was “overstated and unduly harsh.”
Some had questioned if the headline could result in Durant exploring free agency and Lebron James was asked about that very subject.
“He’s got to become a free agent one day,” James said.
Durant is not scheduled to become a free agent until 2016 and the notion that a headline in a newspaper will impact his future plans is rather silly, and perhaps James is the last person to take advice on free agency matters considering the overwhelming backlash that ensued when he left Cleveland for Miami.
The biggest factor in his pending free agency is if the Thunder have any more early playoff exits.