OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant has always shown the league’s elite players appropriate respect. After the Thunder’s Sunday afternoon loss to Miami, for instance, he called LeBron James and Kobe Bryant 1A and 1B, as in being the best players in the game.
Chris Bosh is probably pretty far down Durant’s list.
Asked about a first quarter verbal spat when he and Bosh both picked up technicals, the mild-mannered Durant didn’t mince words. He called the former Toronto All-Star forward a “fake tough guy” who talks because he’s on a good team now.
The incident happened with 6:46 left in the first quarter after Bosh committed a foul. Durant said he didn’t immediately get into it with Bosh.
“I was talking to my teammate and [Bosh] decided he wanted to put his two cents into it,” Durant explained after the 108-103 setback. “I am a quiet guy, laid-back guy, but I’m not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He’s on a good team now so he thinks he can talk a little bit. There are a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them.”
Whoa, but Durant wasn’t finished.
“I’m no punk,” he continued. “I wasn’t even talking to him first off. He decided to butt in and I’m not going to just let that slide. Especially in our house. Like I said, he’s not one of those guys I look at and say he has a rep for talking back to guys or getting into it. He’s a nice guy. I’m not going to let that type of person say something to me like that.”
Durant is not known for calling guys out, but he’s also just in his fourth year and is only 22. He doesn’t lack for confidence and takes his role as team leader seriously. He’s obviously not going to let anyone disrespect him or the Thunder.
Not even one of the SuperFriends.
Circle your calendar for March 16 when the Thunder visit Miami. Much of the talk going into Sunday’s game was the potential rivalry between Durant and LeBron. Might be a good idea to scratch out the King and insert Bosh.