Poll 100 basketball fans, and you'd be hard-pressed to find one who'd admit to wishing any part of it would just "be over"—be it winning titles or carrying a pink Barbie backpack because David West told you to.
Especially not if you just passed arguably the greatest basketball player who ever lived on your march toward unanimous MVP acknowledgement.
But that’s exactly what Kevin Durant did after surpassing Michael Jordan’s streak of 40 straight games with 25 points or more:
Durant on passing Michael Jordan's streak of 40 straight 25-point games: "I don't really care about it. I wish it was over."— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 7, 2014
Perhaps. At the same time, it has to get tiring fielding the same questions, day in and day out, when all you want to do is focus on hauling in your first NBA championship.
“How does it feel to score 25 or more in 38 consecutive games and be within two games of Michael Jordan’s mark?”
“How does it feel to score 25 or more in 39 consecutive games and be within one game of Michael Jordan’s mark?”
“How does it feel to tie Michael Jordan…”
Durant is nothing if not a fiery, fists-of-fury competitor, and to the extent that this streak—however special we in the media make it sound—doesn’t help him achieve the ultimate goal of climbing toward MJ in the department that matters most, such flippant dismissal is understandable.
At the same time: Really?
You just want it to be over? Uh…why?
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time KD got a bit prickly when posed with arbitrary comparisons. Take this story from ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace, which notes Durant responded to a question asking how tired he was on a scale of one to 10 of being compared to LeBron James with “about a 25.”
Durant was asked at least 10 questions about either LeBron or the Miami Heat during his 30-minute session with reporters in advance of Sunday’s All-Star Game. At one point before responding to a question, Durant asked the inquiring reporter if he was from Miami.
Durant clearly wants to be appreciated on his own merits. And that’s fine—understandable, even. Just don’t expect us to cooperate, particularly with the Big O on the radar.
Should he finish the 2013-14 slate on his current tear and not take a game off, he'll finish tied with Oscar Robertson at 47 consecutive 25-point games. His final summit after that: Wilt Chamberlain's 106 game streak, set over 50 years ago.
Think the questions will stop once Durant starts treading toward 100? Neither do we.