Feud over (update)

LOS ANGELES — Just to follow up on an earlier post by Art Garcia, we can now put the Kevin Durant-Chris Bosh staredown to rest. They won’t challenge each other to a tough-guy contest come Sunday at the All-Star Game.

“We talked,” said Bosh. “We just saw each other at the NBA Cares event. I consider the incident closed.”

Bosh added: “Sometimes right after a close game it could be the wrong time to ask a guy about someone else. It’s the nature of the business. You say things in the heat of battle. I understand that. I’ve said plenty of things right after a game that I knew in my heart wasn’t the right thing to do. I didn’t hold a grudge against him then and I don’t hold one now.”

Durant called Bosh a “fake tough guy” after a tough five-point lost to Miami earlier this season, a comment that expanded like a brushfire because KD doesn’t have a history of taking opponents to task. But both are among the more mellow players in the NBA, and so eventually, this was a verbal scuffle headed to nowhere.

“I have a lot of respect for Kevin, and to me, it’s a non issue. I’ve let it go,” said Bosh.

14 Comments

  1. Femi says:

    Wow! A lot of guys saying players are ‘Fake Tough Guys’. Each and everyone of you are ‘Fake’, that’s why you trash talk the real tough guys in front of your screen. If you think you’re tough, try saying that in front of KG or any NBA player for that matter.

    Ahhh, I still remember those Detroit fans whom trash talked the Pacers back in the brawl.

  2. iAmJummy says:

    Well, to be honest none of us could go up and face these guys in any type of matchup. So the trash talking that you guys are putting up are simply blaspheem. I’m a Heats fan, and as feminine(running wise) as Bosh seems on the court, he isn’t soft. Pau Gasol is a soft big guy. KD isn’t either, he is just a tall small man. There is simple aggression levels. Wade isn’t an aggressive player, but Lebron and Kobe are. Shaq is an aggressive player, while Tim Duncan is rather chill. Mind you these are different positions also. So yeah whoever bams out on any NBA player calling them fake, is pretty much out of place.

  3. archiegra says:

    kevin garnett is the 2nd best power forward to ever play basketball probaly if not the best and i’m a spurs fan.

  4. Kristian says:

    Kevin Durant will go farther in the playoffs than Chris Bosh. Kevin Durant is better than Chris Bosh, period. Anyway, Kevin Durant has plenty of real tough guys out in the West to deal with while Chris Bosh can’t even beat the Bulls or the Celtics out in the East.

  5. yarika says:

    So if you are playing with players greater than you means you are a fake tough guy? so all the rest in KD’s team are fake tough guy then, just like Bosh and all other player in his team and every player with a superstar in his team. C’mon, this is basketball and it’s a team sport, whether you got your team a superstar or not, players have the right to express their feelings through speaking or doing some actions. NBA is the greatest show on earth because of this, INTENSITY.

  6. yarika says:

    So if you are playing with players greater than you means you are a fake tough guy? so all the rest in KD’s team are fake tough guy then, just like Bosh and all other player in his team and every player with a superstar in his team. C’mon, this is basketball and it’s a team sport, whether you got your team a superstar or not, players have the right to express their feelings through speaking or doing some actions. NBA is the greatest shoe on earth because of this, INTENSITY.

  7. Nick H. says:

    Garnett isn’t a dirty player, he’s just aggressive. And so are a lot of other NBA players. I mean it’s not a crime to want the ball is it? So maybe Durant and Bosh aren’t the toughest big guys on the court. So what? They do their jobs night in and night out. They do it for their teams, their teammates, their fans and most importantly for themselves. If they wanna step up their game and get a little tougher on the court, then props to them

  8. Kirt Caesar says:

    KD is one of the best basketball players but MVP’s don’t equal toughness, and he’s not tough, plus Garnette is a dirty player and will get get what coming to him

  9. jared says:

    they are both fake tough guys…but come on, not alot of ppl in the nba are tough. In the nba, the refs are so dumb, you have to flop at every opportunity you get, just to get to call a foul b/c they are in la la land. Kevin garnett is the biggest fake tough guy in the league…that dude would get killed on the streets if he ran his mouth like he does.

    • Greg says:

      so… you call one of the best nba players a fake tough guy in KD??? REALLY? dude, this guy is gonna win like 5 mvp’s in his career. meanwhile, bosh is still hiding with queen james behind wade, the only guy i have respect out of the 3. kevin garnett is fake??? dude, for real, watch the nba. im a huge laker fan, and i remember how gasol got owned in the 08 finals by garnett. so next time you call some1 a fake tough guy, maybe you’ll get shot on the streets if you run your mouth like that.

    • Vishnu says:

      So are you saying a real “tough guy” is a homocidal gangster? One sentence that encapsulate all that is inherently wrong with America. A “tough guy” with a gun. Please. If you want to see tough in the sporting arena watch some professional Australian football (AFL). That is what pure hard toughness is about. None of this nancy NBA player chatter & posturing. I would love to see some so-called NBA hardman out there mixing it pound for pound, mano e mano with a pro Australian footballer. Chewed up & spat out & eaten again (for fun). The modern NBA hardman is a myth. The players of yesteryear must laugh at these overhyped, overpaid & indulged players of the modern era. Tattoos & words don’t make a tough man. Get a grip

  10. AHKMEL PHAROD says:

    Spoken like a true fake tough guy….

  11. twat says:

    Good Boy Bosh.