Kevin Durant & Nas Discuss Rivalries in Hip-Hop and Basketball With Bill Simmons
Kevin Durant and rap legend Nas, who just celebrated his 43rd birthday last week, were the special guests on Wednesday’s episode of HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons.”
The two greats discussed everything from rivalries, criticism, Donald Trump, 2K ratings, rap in 2016 vs rap in 2006, respect for LeBron, best NBA rapper ever (Nas picked Shaq, who did a record with Shaq and Jay-Z in the 90s), Chef Curry shoes and if marijuana should be allowed in the NBA for recovery.
I was shocked Bill and his staff didn’t know Durant is a rapper. KD has been dropping tracks since 2012 with a rapper named Privaledge and former NBA player Stephen Jackson aka Stak5. During the summer, I was even telling KD’s brother we need some new music from KD because I know he’s still recording.
Durant also said he was “a little jealous” of Lillard’s rap skills during the interview so maybe he’s a little worried about the criticsm and comparisons to Dame he’s going to hear. Then again, I think rap critiques is going to be the least of his worries next season.
Here’s what KD had to say about the criticism he received for leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.
Via Mercury News
“It did (hurt). I can’t go in the studio and express myself through words and it be a normal day. So if I were to come out and tweet something or Instagram or, whatever, a video of me disagreeing with a writer, it’s career suicide. Once I made the decision, I knew I had to take it on the chin. I had to keep rolling with the punches. It upset me. It upset me coming from, you know, people I spent time with. Obviously they were upset.”
“When they called me weak, I think I’m the total opposite. There’s plenty of times I could’ve quit in this lifestyle.There’s plenty of times when I lost I could’ve just said that’s it for me and moved on. There’s plenty of times where my neighborhood could’ve kept me down. But I just kept going. So how am I weak when I’m at the top, elite level of my profession and just chose to play for a different time? A lot of people try to tear you down when you make them uncomfortable or make a decision that makes them uncomfortable. Or makes them upset.”
“No one cares about what I want as a person. It was all about what I do on the basketball court. No one cares if I like going fishing on Tuesdays or like taking pictures in the street. No one cares as long as I can shoot that ball into the hoop. Why should I care what they think if they don’t care about me as a whole?”