With a night to sleep on it, Kevin Durant has realized he was in the wrong for his actions and comments during and after Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
Game official James Williams caught the ire of Durant during the Warriors' win and late in the contest, ejected the All-Star forward for arguing about a no-call. During his postgame press conference, Durant ripped into Williams.
A day later, Durant had an apologetic tone when he met with reporters after practice at the team's facility in Oakland.
"I looked at the plays that got the techs and I was being an a****** last night. I was being a jerk. That one foul at the end wasn't a foul. I shouldn't have slammed the ball down like I did. I can go back and say I was being a jerk last night. I deserve whatever the league is going to throw at me. I wish I would have handled that better obviously, but it was kind of heat of the moment for me. I could be better. It's a great learning experience for me, though," Durant said.
Durant can expect to be fined for Tuesday's comments. The league typically frowns upon players criticizing game officials. This should be no different despite Durant's backpedaling.
According to Durant, the beef with Williams started when the ref called him for carrying on a crossover.
"I work on that move and I was like 'Man, this is my move,' so like, I made a good move and he called a carry. That's one of those calls you don't really get all the time. It just really irritated me, I guess. But I can't react like that. I wish I could apologize to James because that's really out of my character," Durant said.
Among Durant's claims on Tuesday was that Williams was trying to hit him with technical fouls.
"He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset," Durant said Tuesday night.
Tuesday's ejection was Durant's fourth of the season.