Apr 20, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) looks on against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half during game one of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Target Center. Mandatory Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Yet another head coach who oversaw a team led by Kevin Durant has been given the boot.

News surfaced on Thursday that the Phoenix Suns had decided to move in a different direction, as Frank Vogel was relieved of his duties. Vogel wasn’t at fault for Phoenix’s failure, but he wasn’t totally blameless either. In the end, Durant will end up playing for a sixth head coach since he left Golden State. And when fingers are pointed, it’s usually in the direction of a player who’s run through more head coaches than teams.

While teams’ failure to meet expectations has ultimately led to several coaches’ firings, Durant is culpable. He’s the one who hasn’t met those expectations, and injuries or other factors are out of his control aside.

On ESPN’s Freddie & Harry, that led to Freddie Coleman and Harry Douglas talking about how they found it “amazing” that the Suns forward was running off another coach — again.

“When the guy he really wanted to be coached by joined that team—Golden State—he wanted out of that,” said Coleman. He wanted to control the situation. Kevin Durant, I love your basketball ability; you still don’t know more than a coach because you’ve never done it. And you run off coaches time and time again since you decided to run yourself out of Golden State.

“At a certain point, when do we start circling that drain and saying, ‘Kevin Durant—what are you doing? Why are you making this happen? Why are you running off guys, they lose their jobs, and you abandon the organization anyway?’ Like when you’re with the Brooklyn Nets when that became a dire situation. And now the Phoenix Suns, apparently, you didn’t like Frank Vogel, so they chose Kevin Durant.

“Not for nothing, as great as he’s been. What has he done that you should allow him to make that kind of a decision? Or allow him to make that decision as an owner?”

In any event, it might be time to have a dialogue around Durant, and Coleman has the ball rolling in that

[Freddie & Harry on X]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.