Kevin Durant’s impressive return: 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and one extremely awkward interview.
After the Nets’ 125-99 season-opening victory over the Warriors, Durant did a brief interview with TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Questions by Charles Barkley and crew were met mostly by one-word responses.
Afterwards, Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal proceeded to mock Durant with a series of questions and disinterested replies amongst themselves.
The forward’s interview came one week after Barkley eviscerated Durant’s teammate, Kyrie Irving, for the point guard’s media boycott. According to USA Today, Barkley later said he believed that was the reason for Durant’s peculiar responses.
It was only the start of the interview weirdness on the network. After the Clippers’ 117-109 victory over the Lakers in the nightcap, Paul George was asked about him and Kawhi Leonard receiving “preferential treatment” by the team last season.
After George’s straight-forward response, Barkley and Smith debated the issue as George awkwardly waited.