Today, DMV native Kevin Durant is on the front page of the Oklahoman newspaper and it is not for a good reason.
The headline reads “Mr. Unreliable” with a picture of Durant on the morning before Game 6. Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are down in the series 3-2 in the first series.
Part of the article states: “Durant went to the foul line three times – and made just one of two on all three trips, including a miss after Crawford’s interruption, when the Thunder trailed 100-99 with 27.5 seconds left in overtime, a score that held up at the end. For six years, Durant has shot foul shots on a string. Mister Automatic. Now he’s unreliable.”
It’s media vs. media in Oklahoma City as their local television news station News 9 held up the newspaper with a particular area cut out.
The Oklahoman sports editor Mike Sherman issued the following statement: We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma. Thursday’s headline in The Oklahoman on Kevin Durant’s performance in the Memphis series missed the mark. The words were overstated and unduly harsh. The headline and presentation left the impression that we were commenting on Durant’s season, career or even character. We were not. We were referring only to the Memphis series. The fact the headline and presentation left that impression with so many readers is proof that we failed.
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