As the demigod LeBron James consumes ambrosia and nectar atop Cleveland’s Mount Olympus, the evils of “The Decision” long forgotten, Kevin Durant ponders his own fall from grace.

The new NBA bad guy

The forward, who famously called his mother “the real MVP” in his 2014 NBA MVP Award acceptance speech, is getting used to his new role as basketball villain. Durant announced July 4 that he would be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors.

Although Warriors fans are thrilled to have the league’s newest “super team,” Thunder supporters and countless others call Durant a traitor.

“Obviously, people don’t like me right now, but it is what it is,” Durant told China’s Sina Sports Wednesday. “I can’t please them all. I got to still go out there and handle my business. They’re not going to get up at nine o’clock in the morning and work on their game for me.

I got to do all of that on my own.”

Getting used to it

Durant is not accustomed to the negative attention. The Warriors face extremely high expectations going into next season. Anything short of a championship for a team led by Durant and reigning league MVP Stephen Curry will be seen as a failure. In his interview with Sina Sports, Durant spoke about adapting to his new status.

“Once we start playing the games,” he said, “I’ll feel a little bit more better. Right now it’s definitely a change.

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It’s a different vibe going around, but I’ll get used to it.”

Telling Westbrook

As could be expected, Durant was asked about breaking the news of his move to his friend and former Oklahoma City teammate, Russell Westbrook.

“I just told him,” Durant said. “I just let him know how I felt. Obviously, our relationship probably won’t ever be the same again. But it’s something that I wanted to do, and I expressed that to him.

And hopefully he respected it.”

The 2014 MVP’s decision came down to one factor – a championship. Durant said it might take him some time to fit into the Golden State system, but he is ready to fight with his new team to achieve his goal.

“I want to be the guy that takes them over the top,” he said.

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