It has been two weeks since the Milwaukee Bucks eliminated the Brooklyn Nets in game seven. After the Nets came up short, many sports analysts and fans attacked Kevin Durant for not leading his team to the next round, including Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Unfortunately for Durant, he ran out of gas in overtime and didn’t receive much help from the other four players on the floor.
Scottie Pippen recently did an Interview with Yahoo’s Vincent Goodwill to promote his Digits Bourbon. The six-time champion praised Durant, but all shared that has not surpassed Lakers forward LeBron James.
“Surpassing LeBron James takes a little bit more than an individual effort,” Pippen said. “LeBron James is a complete team player who understands team and winning.
“Has (Durant) gotten to that level yet? He went home (in the playoffs), … I think he still has some learning to do in terms of what it takes to will a team to victory.”
Pippen would then do an interview with GQ Magazine, and was asked what Kevin Durant need to do to get better.
“He needs to learn how to utilize his teams. He has to learn how to set up his teammates to be better. That’s it. As great as he is, there’s a [cap] to his [talent]. He could’ve easily made that three, killed them in regulation, and we wouldn’t have been talking about this. But I knew going into overtime, he wasn’t gonna make it. He was taking all the shots,” said Pippen.
“You done played the whole game, bro! And they’ve got guys physically wearing you down. You gonna lose. Giannis was under the same stress, but not quite. Giannis got rest and he didn’t have to score every time. KD? He got no rest and pretty much had to put a bucket on the board every time they went down. And he did that, but that’s a lot. If he had a chance to do it all over again, he would probably do it the same way. But he ain’t have no more. He shot that last shot and it was shorter than Giannis’ free throw shots. [Laughs.]”
Pippen would continue, “But, have you ever seen LeBron take a shot like that? He ain’t gonna take that shot. He’s gonna be smarter. He’s gonna force a double team. That’s what KD wasn’t able to do. He was so exhausted he couldn’t even go to the bucket. I’ma be honest, I felt like Steve Nash should’ve put KD on the block and just let him sit there and throw passes so he could rest. But he kept him at the top of the floor where they were getting all up under him. It wasn’t fair. But that’s just coaching. Steve Nash is an inexperienced coach. So, he gotta know. He wore KD down. How are the fuck are you gonna win? He played the whole fucking game. How you wake up the next day and say you shoulda won?”
Kevin Durant caught wind to what Pippen had said in both interviews and he unloaded on the Hall of Famer.
““Didn’t the great Scottie Pippen refuse to go in the game for the last second shot because he was in his feelings, his coach drew up the play for a better shooter??” Durant wrote.
In a separate Tweet, the two-time Finals MVP replied, This guy Scott also wanted to enjoy his summer so he chose to rehab during the season… They followed Phil, not you!!!”
Recently, former UFC fighter Bobby Maximus was on Instagram Live with Ryan Hollins and Creative Director of EA Sports, Scott O’Gallagher. The trio was talking about the two-time finals MVP.
“I think two things can be right at the same time. I think Scottie [Pippen] is right that LeBron would have won that game. We don’t give LeBron enough credit for being able to take over games and win. At the same time, though, he went way too far when he said Kevin Durant was not a team player,” said Maximus.
“If you go back and watch that game, it was KD versus the Bucks. The four other people on the court were just standing around waiting for KD to win that game. He had to do that all on his own. So, I get how KD is pissed. Scottie can say LeBron would of won that game, but when you say KD is a bad teammate. How cannot expect him to clap back ?”
O’Gallagher agrees with Maximus.
“This dude woke up and chose violence. Pip went after everybody, he went after Charles Barkley and said the only thing he had seen was throwing a small white dude through a window. Saying he is not a tough guy and he came after KD,” said O’Gallagher.
“Man, KD played 52 minutes in that game and nobody was helping him out. Harris was all over the place missing wide open shots KD played his a** off. I think a lot of this is the time. Pip coming out with his right after they were eliminated is not a good look.”
Maximus would go on to say that, “People have been picking on KD for a long time and he is now using his own Twitter account and not his burner account to give it to people right back.”
O’Gallagher finished by saying he is here for all the pettiness.