Kevin Durant apologizes for comments about India after receiving backlash

Kevin Durant recently went on a trip to India to help spread the game of basketball across the country. He even entered the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the world’s largest basketball lesson in multiple venues.

He recently got back from his trip, and spoke with The Athletic’s Anthony Slater about his trip. One of the questions was about how Durant viewed the country, and some of his comments were viewed as critical by people who live there.

Here’s what Durant said:

The whole LeBron leaving the next year, to be honest that didn’t bother me that much, Billups said in an interview with Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver Tuesday (via Here’s why: When you have an opportunity to really put something together and put your imprint on it — rebuilding is a beautiful thing if [they’re] going to have the patience with you. What bothered me more than if LeBron left or not was that I didn’t think they had great assets if you have to do a rebuild. It was more that than ‘Bron. ‘Bron and I have always had an amazing relationship.

If Irving stays and LeBron leaves, Irving will be left with a roster with an average age of 29.75 years. The last time the Cavs selected a player in the draft was 2015.

Odds are also that players on the Cavs’ current roster like Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon, Jeff Green and Kyle Korver could all be gone. But J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson will be there, but they’ll be without LeBron James.

That’s not exactly the most appealing roster situation and Billups passed on it. It’s not surprising, especially to Billups, to hear Irving may not want to play with that roster.

[Irving’s trade request] didn’t surprise me. I knew as [the Cavs] were doing their due diligence on me I was doing the same thing on them, Billups said.

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