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.