Kevin Durant goes off on the media for their treatment of Kobe Bryant

NBA Star Kobe Bryant to Retire at End of Season

Sunday, the basketball world exploded with the news that Kobe Bryant would be hanging it up after this season. Following 20 years on the court, this will be the end for one of the unquestioned greats of all time.

Now, while Bryant is in fact one of the best to ever play the game, he has been the butt of a lot of jokes in recent years, especially this one. With age catching up to him, he's not the assassin with a ball that he used to be, and yes, at some times it can be a tad hilarious.

Yeah, well, it's not so funny to Kevin Durant.

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When asked about Bryant's retirement, Durant went off on basically all of us that have been having a laugh at the expense of Kobe recently to the Oklahoman.

"I did idolize Kobe Bryant. I studied him, wanted to be like him. He was our Michael Jordan. I watched Michael toward the end of his career with the Wizards and I seen that's what Kobe emerged as the guy for us. I've been disappointed this year because you guys (media) treated him like s---. He's a legend and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like s--- and I didn't really like it. Hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year. It was sad the way he was getting treated."

You know, he's not wrong. Yes, it's all fun and games when we sit here nightly and watch Kobe chuck up what we think is the most ridiculous shot of all time and belly laugh at it. However, that's not even a fraction of what this man was in the NBA throughout his 20 years of service. Oftentimes, there were Michael Jordan comparisons.

So personally, as a member of the media, I will say: I'm sorry, Kevin, and I promise my treatment of Bryant going forward will be much better than it was before.

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Kevin Durant goes off on the media for their treatment of Kobe Bryant

30. Philadelphia 76ers (0-15)

Last week: 30

Stat: Have taken the second-lowest amount of mid-range shots in NBA

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29. Los Angeles Lakers (2-12)

Last week: 29

Stat: Rank last in team field goal percentage (41.1 percent)

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28. Brooklyn Nets (3-11)

Last week: 28

Stat: Just two players shooting over 30 percent from three-point range (Larkin, Jack)

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27. Sacramento Kings (5-10)

Last week: 25

Stat: 5.4 points better per 100 possessions with Rondo on the bench

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26. Denver Nuggets (6-9)

Last week: 22

Stat: Opponents are shooting 46.1 percent (26th)

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25. New Orleans Pelicans (3-11)

Last week: 27

Stat: Holding opponents to 39.7 percent shooting over last two games (2-0)

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24. Orlando Magic (6-8)

Last week: 23

Stat: Fournier: Shooting 70 percent at rim (35-of-50)

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23. Minnesota Timberwolves (6-8)

Last week: 24

Stat: Plus-14.2 points per 100 possessions when Garnett, Towns, Rubio and Wiggins share the floor (117 minutes)

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22. Portland Timberwolves (6-10)

Last week: 26

Stat: Lillard: Would become 19th player in NBA history to average seven or more assists while taking more than 21 shots per game

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21. Milwaukee Bucks (6-8)

Last week: 20

Stat: Fourth in the NBA in 3P% but just 28th in attempts

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18. Charlotte Hornets (8-6)

Last week: 21

Stat: 39 percent increase in 3PA from last season

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17. Detroit Pistons (7-7)

Last week: 16

Stat: 26.5 percent shooting from three-point range over last two weeks

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16. Boston Celtics (7-7)

Last week: 14

Stat: Forcing 19.4 turnovers per game (second-most in NBA)

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15. New York Knicks (8-7)

Last week: 17

Stat: Porzingis' last seven games: 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks on 46.6 percent shooting from field and 47.6 percent from three-point range

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11. Los Angeles Clippers (7-7)

Last week: 5

Stat: Griffin: 57.5 true shooting percentage (second-highest of career) despite just 29.2 percent of shots coming at the rim (career low) and 40 percent from beyond 16 feet (career high)

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10. Dallas Mavericks (9-6)

Last week: 9

Stat: Rank last in offensive rebound rate (grab just 18.5 percent of available offensive rebounds)

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9. Toronto Raptors (9-6)

Last week: 12

Stat: First in free throw makes and attempts, third in percentage

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8. Memphis Grizzlies (8-7)

Last week: 10

Stat: Chalmers: 29.0 PER over six games with Memphis

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7. Atlanta Hawks (10-6)

Last week: 6

Stat: 28th in defensive rebounding percentage

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6. Chicago Bulls (9-4)

Last week: 4

Stat: Rose: averaging a career-low 13.9 points on 37.3 shooting

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5. Miami Heat (9-4)

Last week: 8

Stat: Allowing third-lowest three-point percentage in NBA (29.7 percent)

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4. Oklahoma City Thunder (9-6)

Last week: 7

Stat: Durant and Westbrook both with PERs over 30 for first time ever

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3. Cleveland Cavaliers (11-3)

Last week: 3

Stat: Love: 17.5 RPG is highest in a full season since 2011-12 with Minnesota

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2. San Antonio Spurs (11-3)

Last week: 2

Stat: Opponents are averaging just 17.5 FTAs per game -- lowest in NBA

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1. Golden State Warriors (16-0)

Last week: 1

Stat: Green: Leads team with 6.6 assists per game

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