Kevin Durant may have fired a thinly veiled shot at his Phoenix Suns teammates. During a press conference following the Suns’ loss to the New York Knicks on Friday,
Durant praised the way the Knicks roster supports Jalen Brunson. His comments focused on how New York continues to feed Brunson when he has a hot hand.“This is his franchise, so everyone is there to support him and put him in the best position possible,” Durant said. “…Everyone supports it. They made sets for him. They put on plays for him. When he gets hot, they keep feeding him the ball, which is why tonight was one of those nights for him.Brunson finished the game against Phoenix with 50 points, nine assists, six rebounds and five steals while shooting 73.9 percent from the field and 100 percent from three-point range. Durant’s comments could be seen as a message to his teammates. Phoenix has three All-Star scorers in its starting lineup. Therefore, there is a significant amount of isolated basketball in the team’s offensive system.Durant is arguably the greatest scorer in NBA history. He has been one of the five best players in the league over the past decade. He knows he should be at the top of the food chain with the Suns. Maybe he wants Phoenix to do more to provide him with quality shooting opportunities. Maybe he expects to have more of the ball when he scores. Having a disgruntled star was always going to be a risk when the Suns decided to acquire Bradley Beal over the summer. There are a lot of mouths to feed in the current offense. Of course, Durant could have simply paid homage to Brunson’s incredible performance. After all, he said the Knicks guard could become a Hall of Fame player based on his recent level of performance. But with all the talent in the Suns locker room, it certainly felt like a message was being sent. Durant is the alpha of that team and should be treated as such whenever he is on the court.This season, the 35-year-old forward averaged 30.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists while shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range. This level of production means that Durant’s voice and all the messages he sends must be taken seriously. Suns fans are hoping that these comments are nothing more than passing thoughts and not a sign of deeper problems within the roster. Time will tell.