Kevin Durant needs a thicker skin if he’s coming to the Knicks.
That was the message from TNT analyst Reggie Miller, who has extensive experience with the New York media and fans during his time as the Knicks’ No. 1 villain of the '90s.
Durant blew up at the Golden State media last week because of an article in The Athletic concerning his uncertain future with the franchise.
“Here’s my question: If he’s a little surly and upset by what an Athletic writer wrote about him – if he has a couple bad games in New York, under that microscope – he’s really going to be upset,” said Miller in a TNT conference call to preview the station’s coverage of the All-Star game Sunday. “So you have to factor in everything when you’re considering joining the New York Knicks, the No. 1 media market in the world and in our game. So you can’t be upset with the media when you’re back-to-back NBA champions and you’re back-to-back MVPs and you think the kitchen is hot now, if you think joining the Knicks and the expectations that follow that, there’s a lot that comes with it.
"That’s why you have to factor in not only the money, but you have to factor in the lifestyle and the winning. And yeah, I’m sure KD does think that yeah, if I went there … of course if he got help … yeah, I can turn this franchise around. But there are expectations that come with that. And we know how the New York media can be. He’s going to have to understand what it’s all about if he chooses to go down that route. Personally, I believe I can’t see him going to New York. But again, I can be absolutely wrong.”