Golden State Warriors two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant receives more criticism than praise these days despite all of his recent success. 


The controversial decision to join the already-stacked Golden State Warriors roster after they just beat him is one that will never leave. The more championships he piles up with the organization and its All-Star cast, the more people chastise him for jumping ship.


Still, KD is looking at his advantageous situation a little differently than most, recently making a statement that being surrounded by superstar talent isn't always the most ideal circumstance.

Per Yahoo Sports Michael Lee (h/t theScore's Wael Saghir), Durant broke it down the following way: "I feel like it's easy to be the best player when you don't have good players around you. I feel like it's harder to stand out when you have great players around you," Durant said. "I pride myself on standing out wherever I am. I pride myself on working hard wherever I go."


But don't good players help other good players be better, thus helping everyone standout?


Listen, there's no doubting Durant's talent, but no one is going to join his self-appreciative pat-on-the-back claim about the apparent struggle to be noticed within a golden situation.


Could this also be a veiled shot at LeBron James or Russell Westbrook? While he probably was just trying to control the narrative in his favor, one can't help but notice the lack of talent surrounding those two. 

Though it's true that grading who is greater amongst greats could be complicated, as evidenced by the decision to award Durant Finals MVP honors over Steph Curry this year, but I'd have to argue against the juxtaposition in his statement of the ease of "being the best" and difficulty of "standing out" since the two mean very different things.  


Maybe he'll clear up what he means once the championship celebration simmers down.