Golden State Warriors superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have not played an official regular-season game together, but there is a growing speculation that the two former Most Valuable Players are not seeing eye to eye.
Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder and signed with the Warriors last summer in the hope of winning his first NBA championship. His arrival led to drastic roster changes for the Bay Area squad, losing key players like Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in the process.
Kevin Durant Creating Golden State Warriors Tension?
Klay Thompson even uttered controversial remarks earlier in the offseason, saying that he will not adjust his game just for Durant. And in a recent interview with NBA.com, Curry was asked about Durant and said: “I really don’t like him.”
Curry’s answer became a talk of the town, but it is worth noting that the reigning and two-time Most Valuable Player immediately said that he was just messing around. In fact, Curry came into Durant’s defense when he was asked about the boos the former Thunder superstar received during their first preseason game.
Durant made his Warriors debut against the Toronto Raptors earlier this month. In their 97-93 loss to the Raptors, fans booed Durant every time he touches the ball. Curry said that they noticed it but they are not bothered.
“It’s just funny kind of buying into a narrative that doesn’t really make sense,” Curry said. “It probably won’t be the last time. But he handles it well and at the end of the day it’s just about playing basketball.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr also said that they are matured enough to handle criticisms, especially now that they are considered the villains in the league. For his part, Durant said that he was not affected by the jeers and even said that he also heard a lot of cheers during the match.
“I heard more cheers than boos, to be honest,” Durant added. “But I was just so locked in on trying to get ready for the game that I wasn’t really focusing or listening too hard for any boos or anything. I heard cheers, though.”