Durant says owners at fault in lockout
Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant is looking for some concessions
from NBA owners to help end the lockout.
”They got to meet us at some point,” Durant said after playing
in an exhibition game at a DC-area high school on Saturday. ”I
feel like (the owners) aren’t helping us out – they’re not trying
meet us halfway with it.”
Durant said the players had ”sacrificed a lot” in an effort to
reach a labor agreement.
The owners and players are scheduled to meet with a federal
mediator on Tuesday and Commissioner David Stern has said the
league’s popular Christmas Day games could be canceled if that
session does not go well.
The lockout, which began in July, already has wiped out the
first two weeks of the regular season.
”The way the meetings (have) been going, it’s just so slow,”
Durant said. ”Us as players, we bring in a lot of the money.
Hopefully we come to an agreement, but we got to stand firm.”
Though there has been speculation over whether there will be a
season, Durant is optimistic the sides will resolve their
differences in time to play.
”I’m not concerned about that,” he said. ”I think we’ll get
something done – I hope so. I don’t want to think about that.”
For as long as the lockout progresses, Durant said he’ll
continue to participate in exhibitions to keep in shape and
maintain a positive relationship with fans.
Durant was in Washington with Wizards guard John Wall, Kings
forward DeMarcus Cousins and other NBA stars to renew the
Philadelphia-Washington DC rivalry in front of crowd of several
Lou Williams and Hakim Warrick led the way in Philadelphia’s
172-169 win. Durant scored 56 points for the DC team.
”They’ve been talking trash to me for two weeks now,” Durant
said of the Philadelphia team. ”I wanted to put on a show.”