Kevin Durant and CJ McCollum Get into Twitter Spat after In Person Criticism of KD Joining Golden State
By Brandon Simmons
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is not worried about the criticisms of signing with his current mega squad 2 years ago to win a title. So when Portland Trailblazers guard CJ McCollum interviewed Durant on his podcast, Pull Up, and told him he disagreed with his decision, the 7 foot All Star just seemed to brush it off with his own declaration.
“You know you guys aren’t going to win a championship anyway,” Durant said humorously. McCollum responded by explaining that Portland has the team in place to compete for a title but also talked about his disagreement on the Warriors signing center Demarcus Cousins. Golden State signed Cousins to a 1 year, $5 million contract when he appeared eligible for a max deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, Durant is hearing none of that and goes so far to brush off those sentiments by suggesting McCollum gets out of his “feelings” about the issue.
However, this is not the first time Durant has been faced with criticisms of Golden State creating a super team. When he made his decision, the entire NBA world was split between whether he was right in making his own decision or just a straight up snake (as many social media memes would lead you to believe). McCollum expressed the sentiment of the latter as he subtweeted a Barstool account that posted the podcast:
I still think the b word is harsh and shouldn’t be used. . He know that decision was soft but I respect it. It’s like getting jumped with ur brothers by a gang you should’ve beat then joining the gang that jumped u and ur brothers 2 months later & forgetting about your bros https://t.co/BFGqQy1lwR
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 26, 2018
KD defended his actions by tweeting this reply:
So,I would get into a gang fight, lose, plot on my brother for 2 months in our home and then go get the gang we lost to and beat him up? U think that low of me CJ? I just did your fuckin podcast. Snakes in the grass boy I tell ya 🤣
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 26, 2018
Since that July 4, 2016 signing, everyone who has shot paper into a trashcan has deemed Durant the main reason that basketball has reached its downfall. The main argument is that Durant left an Oklahoma City Thunder team that was up 3-1 on the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals but ended up losing the series. However, KD still went to the already-stacked Warriors despite the fact they lost in a humiliating comeback and he was already with a strong enough squad to beat them.
But none of that appears to phase Durant at all, as he has probably heard every slanderous thing said about him in the last two seasons. During this time, he has remained as one of the elite scorers in the league, as well as a 2-time Finals MVP. Sure he has had the luxury of having future hall-of-famers on his side, but that has not caused him to take a back seat with his play in any shape or form. McCollum is no slouch either but the Trailblazers have not fared so well in the playoffs in the last two seasons. Their recent outing saw them as a 3rd seed, get demolished by the 6th seeded Pelicans in a first round sweep. They suffered the same sweeping fate the year before, ironically, to the Warriors as an 8th seed.
This is really the first time this argument has been spoken about so strongly from a current player’s perspective. Usually, the griping has come from fan who claim Durant’s decision has made the NBA non-competitive. As a player in this league, he may feel every right to call out Durant’s actions and as something he deems the “easy way out”; but on the flipside of things, Durant could possibly feel McCollum should get with a team that is able to take him deeper into the playoffs a lot more often.
You can listen to some of the exchange in the tweet below:
Kevin Durant straight up laughed at the Blazers getting swept and Boogie signing with Golden State to CJ McCollum on CJ’s own podcast.
— Kris Hanson (@KrisHansonRCF) July 25, 2018
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