Former NBA Player Slams Durant: "Never Dragged A Team To A Championship"

"Too many players believe that they are 'the guy'." Is Kevin Durant not 'the guy'?. Not according to former 10-year NBA forward Scot Pollard.

Pollard was speaking on NBA Radio today, saying of Durant, who's requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets:

I don't want to take anything away from KD; he's an incredible player. But I don't think that he's ever dragged a team to a championship.

Now, Pollard never dragged a team to a championship either, averaging 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in his 10-year career, playing for five teams. He understands, however, that he's a role player, and isn't expected to put a team on his back. 

That set him off on a rant about the NBA and 'player empowerment' in general. 

"When you have this many players saying things like 'I want out', or 'I want the coach fired', or blah blah blah, (you need to) understand that without 'this' player on your team, you didn't win. Understand that without 'this' player on the next team you're on...(you didn't win.)

"Clearly there's some attitude problems, there's some mental problems, really, when you've got this many players saying... 'oh, I wanna go play for the Lakers.'

"Specifically to this free agent season, there's a whole lot of players chirping, like they are LeBron. And that's the problem."

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