Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant was spectacular on Sunday, scoring 53 points to lead the Nets past the rival Knicks, but Durant grabbed a lot of headlines for what he did after the game.
At the postgame news conference, Durant called New York City Mayor Eric Adams and asked him to change the private sector mandate that kept Kyrie Irving on the sidelines. As an unvaccinated person, Irving was allowed to attend the game, stand courtside and even join his team in the locker room, but was not allowed to put on a jersey and play.
“Everybody out here is looking for attention and that’s what I feel like the mayor wants right now,” Durant said. A little attention. But soon you will find out. The best.
According to Stephen A. Smith, Durant may have made a tactical error by publicly criticizing Adams, which may not lead to swift action to modify or remove the mandate.
“KD is not wrong with what he has said. I want to be very clear, Kevin Durant wasn’t wrong…but the reason I say he wasn’t smart is because Eric Adams is a politician. How do you think it’s going to work for you, Kevin Durant, if you’re going to get on the podium, after [a game] in which you lost 53 points, and you’re going to call the mayor? Is that going to be up to him to move more expeditiously, faster and capitulate to some of the things you’re calling him out on? [on]? How does it work?’