Kevin Durant an unhappy ‘problem’ for Suns: Stephen A. Smith

It may already be time to break up the Suns’ Big Three, especially with rumors growing that Kevin Durant isn’t happy in Phoenix.

At least according to Stephen A. Smith.

The ESPN personality called Durant a “problem” in Phoenix on Monday’s “First Take,” saying Durant is no longer happy with the franchise he was traded to in 2023 after the Big 3 experiment collapsed in Brooklyn. insisted.

Kevin Durant’s attitude could be a problem in Phoenix. Getty Images

“That’s a problem. We don’t know that because the statistics are there. He and (Devin) Booker are averaging 27 points per game, but they say Kevin Durant is never happy.” Smith said. “They say he went over a month without even talking to the head coach (Frank Vogel). They say he doesn’t seem happy there.

“All he wants to do is play when the game starts and tip-off time comes, but when it comes to being liked by his teammates and getting along with everyone and things like that, he just wants to be himself. I’m just living in the world of

Smith insisted the situation didn’t make Durant disliked or do anything to create a negative environment.

But the reason it was important, according to the “First Take” host, is because a similar situation occurred just before Durant left Golden State.

“That’s what drove Draymond Green crazy. So he ended up getting into it on the court in that Clippers game, and that’s what,” Smith said. “I hear all sorts of things, I hear all sorts of things, I hear about my level of unhappiness, etc. And I get tired of it because when I don’t want to talk or don’t want to answer a question, I don’t answer. They want to show leadership in a very visible way, which forces others to step up and take on a level of responsibility that they may not be comfortable with.”

The Suns finished the season as the sixth seed in the West with 49 wins and 33 losses, but were eliminated in the first round by the Timberwolves.

Phoenix went 26-15 in games with the trio of Devin Booker, Bradley Beal and Durant all on the court, and Durant’s 75 games played this season are the most he’s played in since before his Achilles injury. It became.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Jaden McDaniels #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Durant and the Suns were eliminated by Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs. Getty Images

The Suns also made a coaching change, firing Frank Vogel on Thursday and replacing him with Mike Budenholzer on Saturday.