Don’t look now, but Brooklyn Nets basketball is right around the corner. Thank goodness, because this offseason really dragged on after their excruciating loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs.
The Nets are headed to San Diego for training camp, which kicks off on Tuesday, and their preseason slate will get started on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers before the regular season gets underway on Oct. 19.
Nothing signals the return of the NBA quite like Media Day, and Nets fans had the luxury of listening to Kevin Durant and James Harden preview the season. Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, was not present due to health and safety protocols.
For now, though, let’s focus on the positives. While Harden had some memorable quotes, Durant stole the show. After all, veteran television host and comedian David Letterman dropped in to ask some burning questions.
And by “burning questions,” we mean ridiculous ones that tested Durant’s patience. Among the highlights were Letterman asking about Durant’s nickname and whether he’d play for the Knicks…on days where the Nets have off.
When David Letterman crashes Nets Media Day and asks Kevin Durant ridiculous questions, comedy ensues.
For any fans wondering when Durant cut Letterman off, that predictably came after the Knicks question.
“I just got off the phone with the (James) Dolan family and they said that they’re talking to the commissioner now,” Letterman said. “They’re looking at working a contractual deal that will allow you when you’re not playing with for the Nets – days off – you’ll be able to play for the Knicks. Comments?”
“All right, Dave, that was the last one,” the Nets superstar replied before adding, “They let anyone in here.”
Durant could only joke around for so long before he lost it, and you get the feeling he’s tired of hearing about the Knicks. Can’t say we blame him.
However, we have to give him credit for playing along for as long as he did, especially explaining how he adopted the “KD” nickname.
Talk about asking the hard-hitting questions.
How did Durant answer that without cracking a smile? Seriously, the two-time Finals MVP is as straight-faced as they come. We can’t speak for everyone, but we’d pay good money to watch a staring contest between him and Kawhi Leonard.
Not even Letterman, one of the most recognized TV hosts and comedians in recent memory, could break Durant. That just speaks to how focused he is, so Nets fans should expect another incredible season from the four-time scoring champ.