Kevin Durant is clearly indignant with the league for enforcing health and safety protocols unnecessarily on him during the Nets game last night.
The deadly COVID-19 virus has caused a lot of trouble this season. Many alterations have been made, games been postponed and players sitting out because of the virus. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn’s star forward, had contracted the virus last year in March.
This season, the Nets superstar missed three games in January because of the league’s health and safety protocols. Tonight, a few minutes prior to the game against Toronto Raptors, the 10-time All-Star had a premature exit because of the league’s confusing health and safety protocols.
In what could be the strangest event this season, Durant was then allowed to enter the game midway through the first quarter coming off the bench. After playing a while, he was again pulled out of the game during the third quarter due to the league’s baffling protocols.
KD tweeted out a two-word response to the whole fiasco. He then went on to show his frustrations in an angry follow-up tweet directed to the NBA. Durant said:
“Yo @nba, your fans aren’t dumb!!!! You can’t fool em with your Wack ass PR tactics..”
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February 6, 2021
‘There should be no game if he doesn’t play’: James Harden criticizes decision to pull Kevin Durant
With the 2-time NBA champion sidelined in the start, the Nets were forced to start Bruce Brown. In the 19 minutes that Durant played, he scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a 123-117 loss against the Raptors.
The league stated that ‘Kevin Durant has tested negative three times in the last 24 hours, including two negative PCR tests today.’ Regardless of which he wasn’t allowed to play the game. James Harden gave his opinions on the whole confusion. He said:
“They just said contact tracing. I’m thinking to myself, if it’s contact tracing, then we were all in the locker room together. That means there’s no game if he’s not going to be able to play. That was my thought process.”
James Harden on Kevin Durant’s health & safety protocols: “They just said contact tracing. I’m thinking to myself, if it’s contact tracing, then we were all in the locker room together. That means there’s no game if he’s not going to be able to play. That was my thought process.” pic.twitter.com/us8mUtjZTa
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 6, 2021
The 2014 MVP definitely won’t be happy that he’ll be missing Saturday’s game against Philadelphia. The league’s protocols have been confusing and should be looked into by the league.
The 14-10 Nets will play against the number 1 seed of their conference, Philadelphia 76ers, in the absence of their star player Kevin Durant.