KD To D-Wade: ‘It’s Just Competition’

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OKLAHOMA CITY –
 The social media beef that flared between Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant really has no place to go but the basketball court. At the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Media Day on Friday, Durant tried to quell the ruckus just a bit.

“Dwyane Wade is a great, great player, man, and I’d never discredit anything he’s ever done or nothing like that,” Durant said as he wrapped up a 12-minute interview session with reporters. “I just voiced my opinion. He’s a great, great player, the Finals MVP, a champion. I didn’t disrespect that or take that away from him or anything. I just voiced my opinion as of today. I love you D-Wade, man, it’s just competition.”

The bickering started after Durant honestly answered a question during an interview regarding Sports Illustrated’s player rankings that included Wade in the top 10, but did not include Durant’s former teammate and current Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden. Durant said Harden should be considered for the top 10.

When asked who then should be removed from the top 10, Durant answered Wade.

Wade fired back with an Instagram/Twitter message — a handwritten note reminding himself to make Durant respect his place in history. Durant, who turns 25 on Sunday, then sent off a tweet directed at Wade, telling the 2006 Finals MVP to “show me, don’t tweet me.”

Unfortunately, we’ll likely see these two titans again in their clever Gatorade commercial a few hundred times more before actually getting to see them square off. The Thunder and Heat don’t meet until Jan. 29 at Miami. They’ll reacquaint in Oklahoma City on Feb. 20.

40 Comments

  1. ez says:

    Honestly, I feel ashamed for KD. It took one injury to derail Kd from the championship drive. Well, D-Wade in 2006 will remain. No one should expect a ball player like Wade to compromise stats over winning games, after all, Championships matters.

  2. Cripple Rapist says:

    nuff said…. I’ll stick to WADE!!!!

  3. Cripple Rapist says:

  4. Kevinl7 says:

    Not even close, no way , in a million year ,here some basketball player skills, rebound wade is better, steals wade is better,dunking wade is better, d-fance wade is better, %shooting wade is better,scoring wade is better ,posting in the paint wade is better,speed wade is faster, strength wade is better , championship wade got three harden non, all star wade got 9 harden 1 , olimpy medals wade got 2 harden 1, scoring title wade got 1, harden non, final MVP wade got 1, harden non, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  5. okc2014 says:

    Kevin Durant can express his opinion. And so can Dwayne Wade. But I agree, Dwayne Wade has championship rings. He is towards the end of his career and James Harden is just beginning. Both players are in the top ten, for very different reasons. Do we really care that much about what a player ranks another?

  6. ene be a says:

    Wade is way wayy waayyyyyy better than harden , westbrook and top 5 alltime shooting guard right after jordan and kobe
    So respect wade if u talking about him or to him

  7. LB6 says:

    KD WAS VOICING HIS OPINION.. THIS IS NOT SOME LEGEND LIST OF TOP 10 PLAYERS THAT CAN NEVER CHANGE… THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE PRESENT, MEANING I AM SURE DWADE AND OTHER PLAYERS DO NOT NEED TO BE ON THE SAME DAMN LIST EVERY YEAR.. ITS LIKE THE ALLSTAR GAMES, YES THERE ARE PLAYERS WHO BEEN VOTED IN 10 YEARS IN A ROW BUT EVENTUALLY THEY FALL OFF BECAUSE YOU NEED TO ALLOW ROOM FOR OTHERS TO FLOURISH… YES CAREER WISE, WADE IS IN ANOTHER UNIVERSE COMPARED TO HARDEN BUT WHEN YOU TAKE IN THIS MAN TURNED HOUSTON INTO A PLAYOFF TEAM WHO ALMOST BEAT OKC IF YOU CAN REMEMBER THE SHIFT IN THE SERIES WHERE EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS POSSIBLE… WADE IS GREATER THAN HARDEN BUT HARDEN IS AN EXCELLENT PLAYER AND WITH TIME ONLY THEN CAN THEY BE COMPARED.

  8. roye says:

    even now it is hard to tell who’s better, look at their achievement this year, look at their stats
    harden is awesome and has higher ppg, but that dont translate into championship.. two times in a row, and you’re putting a dude without any major achievement on the list
    you needa look at everything else, not just those, letting lebron lead the team, changing his role and help the team win, while performing at cluch moment, thats what makes a player a legend

  9. sanjay says:

    if it is spurs vs heat, nothing would have changed except for better scoring by heat and whole team is a year older. The rising lebron,chalmers, cole will match rising leonard and green with rest of the cast coming back a year older for better or worse!
    Miami holds the edge again depending on wade knees of-course!

  10. sanjay says:

    I got this folks-stay away everybody! houston vs okc it is gonna be with okc going bust! Both are kind of evenly matched!
    it would be spurs vs clippers again with spurs prevailing ag…n! And looks like spurs vs heat for an encore!!!

  11. Game TIme says:

    He could have stated that the 1st time. I think he’s feeling a little backlash from it.

  12. Gene says:

    James Harden is potentially a very good player, and he had a good season last year; however, to “be” one of the top players in the game he has to consistently perform at a high level game after game year after year. It is very difficult to rate players skill wise, as they all possess a tremendous amount, the only true barometer is consistency over the years.

  13. leiyo says:

    KD ur opinion is obviously bias. D-Wade is way much better compare to harden. think ur top 10 again

  14. Bongos says:

    Even with Wade being injured and palying with 2 superstars, avregaed better shooting% and played better D than James Harden, who played without any legit scorer. A true superstar is anyone who can play in a team with superstars and still have noticeable & major impacts like Wade had done his whole career including last 2 years with nagging knee issues. Even in an olympic team that had all the superstars and playing from the bench, he still came in and changed the game and be the top scorer from the bench.
    Even at 31 if Houston had paired Wade & Howard this year, they’ll be considered the favourite to win the west right away. That’s how much the stud has proven himself!
    I dont think Miami would’ve won the chanpionship if Harden had replaced Wade in that team; not because Harden wouldn’t have put up good numbers but simply because he couldnt had defended Manu, Leonard, Splitter & Duncan like Wade did. The dude was playing sufocating defence on the whole spurs roster, the Dude listed 6’4″ was blocking Duncan, Common KD!!!
    It takes more than raking up shots to be a top 10 or a better player than Dwade

  15. Jay says:

    3 RING, 1 FINALS MVP VS NONE ?

  16. reyrey says:

    well we are talking about the last season performance and not the over all career but if it is about who is better than harden and wade in their career dwade will be the answer because of all he made in the history of nba

  17. lrac says:

    i undestand what durant mean… he is right wade does not longer belong to top 10 as a top player…is team does not longer rely on him but rely on james… yes u can see him he is a great player but doesnt mean his on the top 10 bcoz of his stat.. bcoz of too much star player on their team

  18. blackmamba_38 says:

    hhahahahah you are very right Mark. Everybody has its own opinion but on this case Kevin Durant should not publicly mention names especially when it is negative to the person involve. Obviously, when our names are mentioned.. the response would always be defending our side.
    Message for kevin Durant you should shut up because you haven’t proven anything. I’m pretty sure next year you will still be ringless hahahahah .
    Basketball is a team sport that is why having a ring really does matter… Sorry for Kevin Durant your year still not yet to come.

  19. Tushar says:

    Hey Mark, show some respect! When KD has a bad day he’s still better than 99% of the league, and at the same time he is s one of the best players in the fourth quarter.

  20. ed says:

    I never rated Westbrook that much until I saw how bad OKC were without him

  21. Zeus says:

    Dwade already showed him in the Finals as Mr. 3 outplayed harden and westbrook. Hey durant, this was top ten players list and not top ten disappearing acts in the playoffs list.

  22. Mark says:

    Your too funny KD! You must be high on something. Even with your accomplishments and Hardens won’t even come close to Dwades …. I think your over rated…. After it’s all said and done, you will end up ringless.

    • TMO says:

      KD very may end up ringless. Very probable. Especially when you have teams trying to get the best basketball players to play together on one team. KD is loyal to OKC and I give him props for that. Now if he were to go play with DRose and Melo, he would win some rings as well. But yet again, some players have more integrity than that!!!!

    • Joshua Jarvis says:

      Why would he leave okc when in his mind he had two players better than the one lebron had.

  23. joeHEATFAN says:

    Haha. Durant is talking smack because Harden pumped up his “stat boxes” this season. What happened to Harden during the Finals? Oh wait… Now he is the only scoring option on the Rockets and now he’s all of a sudden better than D-Wade. D-Wade is battling other greats (LeBron) for points and he’s way more efficient than Harden. Not to mention D-wade is an overall better defender, stealer, etc. Didn’t D-WADE shut down Harden in the Finals? LOL. Why is Durant even talking. He couldn’t even carry his team without Westbrook because he cant play D. Sorry superstar, you will never see a ring in OKC without even Kevin Martin.

  24. Noel Muyot says:

    How about take out Durant and put Wade in i mean Wade is more expirenced than both of them I mean James Harden didnt win anything special hes a great player but overall james harden is no top 10 Wade is a better defender if hes not injured but cmon man wade won 1 mvp finals and 3 nba rings Durant is not expierenced yet atlest Wade includes everyone in the game not like durant and james harden that hogs the ball.

  25. Akeem Asante says:

    Drama is drama, the NBA, the soaps, House Wives, ….the NFL etc… The media is doing it’s job of selling the NBA. Too good actually, I can’t afford good seats anymore.

    On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM, Hang Time Blog | NBA.com wrote:

    > ** > caplannba posted: ” a [nba-video > vid=channels/nba_tv/2013/09/27/20130927-okc-westbrook-durant-interview.nba] > a OKLAHOMA CITY — The social media beef that flared between Dwyane > Wade and Kevin Durant really has no place to go but the basketball court. > At the Okl”

  26. Ren says:

    Well, watch skip bayless’ comments on “show me don’t tweet me” by kevin durant. he is right.. how dare him to say that to Flash..

  27. KOBEDIRKRONDOLIN says:

    Durant was just stating that hardin is better than dwade right now, which is totally CORRECT!
    Hardin > Dwade for 2013, hands down

    • ed says:

      Hands down? 43% shooting for Harden 52% for Wade plus harden plays no defence

    • maikel305 says:

      Wade was hurt for some games last season and still made more shots per game than harden where harden only had more free throw attempts without free throws wade would have more ppg than harden, and wade shoot a way better field goal percentage. so harden better than wade INCORRECT!

  28. spguide says:

    So all NBA players must choose D Wade as a top 10 player , otherwise he gets touchy .
    Screw D Wade , what a diva …

    • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

      KD publicly stated that Harden should be on the top 10 list, and KD also specifically decided to remove Wade and replace him with Harden. Wade is not a ‘diva’ he’s only 31 years old, and unfortunately has had some knee injuries hold him back from his true potential, but when Wade is healthy he is hands down better than Harden. Wade is a legend, he has 3 rings, Harden has 0 & is very inconsistent and takes way too many shots, and Harden doesn’t perform well under pressure. He choked and disappeared in the Miami OKC finals in 2012.

      • Witness says:

        Thats whats up. Exactly what he said right here.

      • maikel305 says:

        why didn’t Durant say harden should have been picked before westbrook his number where better than westbrook.

      • jc says:

        Yeah but last year Harden was better than Wade. Harden scored more and was healthier. Harden is basically the same player as Wade with more range and younger. At this point in time, Harden is better than Wade.

      • His Airness says:

        Obviously if you watched Harden and Wade at all, they are not basically the same player. Unless you mean 2-guard. Wade is more like MJ than Harden is like Wade. It’s about the mentality.

        Harden was better than both Wade and Rose last year, but both were injured all season.That does not mean Harden IS better.

        Birdman gets a lot of credit from people, including myself, but that historic win streak last year was predicated so much on Wade regaining some health. It ended with Dwayne in bad health.

  29. markeyh says:

    Wade is correct Harden has not earned the status Wade has but Durant is entitled to his opinion the problem is when you make it public he should expect a response.

    • maikel305 says:

      harden was the only scorer on the rockets that’s why his ppg was high but lets see this season with Dwight his numbers will drop and wade plays with LeBron so it would be hard for his number to be higher but if LeBron didn’t play with the heat last season wades numbers would have been higher injured and all. wade has also been a more consistent shooter than harden who is always sporadic at best. wade also being unselfish handed the keys to LeBron to win putting the team over stats.