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Kevin Durant: Let freedom (of expression) ring!

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 9.04.09 AMOklahoma Citys Kevin Durant sounded off during All-Star Weekend, saying he was finished with being Mr. Full-time Nice Guy.

"My first few years in the league, I was just finding myself," Durant said. "I think most of the time, I reacted based off of what everybody else wanted and how they viewed me as a person. I am just learning to be myself, not worrying about what everybody else says, I am going to make mistakes. I just want to show kids out here that athletes, entertainers, whoever, so-called celebrities, we aren't robots. We go through emotions and go through feelings and I am just trying to express mine and try to help people along the way. I am not going to sit here and tell you that I am just this guy that is programmed to say the right stuff all the time and politically correct answers. I am done with that. I am just trying to be me and continue to grow as a man."

He also took exception to media voting on player awards.

As a member of the media, who voted on All-Star and regular season MVP ballots, I have only one thing to say: Good for him.

First, voting for player awards is a pain, not a privilege. Id rather think about a good angle for a column, during a game, than who deserves the MVP Award. A media member who votes on player awards gets no compensation (fine with me), and he/she certainly doesnt get any more respect from players because of it.

Second, Im happy Durant is sounding off. There is nothing less interesting to a reporter than someone programmed to say the right stuff all the time and politically correct answers.

So by being himself, Durant is doing both himself and media a favor.

Long live The Real KD.