The question is, did Durant’s mother have anything to do with it?
After seeing the headline in the paper, Wanda Pratt went on Twitter and defended her son.
Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!!— Wanda Pratt (@MamaDurant) May 1, 2014
KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!
His little brother chimed in as well.
Mr. Unreliable huh? Smh!!!!!!— IM ME!!!!! (@LifeOfTonyD35) May 1, 2014
The paper’s sports editor, Mike Sherman, issued an apology soon afterwards.
“Thursday’s headline in The Oklahoman on Kevin Durant’s performance in the Memphis series missed the mark,” Sherman wrote. "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.”
Pratt was much more receptive to what another news outlet had to say about Durant.
Durant on The Oklahoman's headline: "That's what they're supposed to write. I didn't come through for the team."— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 1, 2014
Even if his teammate, Russell Westbrook, was not.
Westbrook on the headline: "That's BS in my eyes."— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 1, 2014
The Thunder and the Grizzlies will play in Memphis tonight. Memphis is leading their first-round playoff series 3-2 and will look to eliminate OKC for the second straight year.
Headline over Kevin Durant story missed the mark http://t.co/SxQOGmabeU Fans stand by KD, I stand by my folks. Even when we miss the mark.— Kelly Dyer Fry (@kelfry) May 1, 2014