Breaking down Kevin Durant's misguided anger.
"I was talking to my teammate and (Chris Bosh) decided he wanted to put his two cents into it."
Well, you were talking to your teammate while right next to Bosh, and you were essentially saying "next time, dunk it on him," which in any basketball game, whether it be at the park or in an NBA arena, will draw a reaction. So Bosh was just doing what anybody else would probably do in that situation.
"I am a quiet, laid-back guy, but I'm not going to let nobody talk trash to me."
Again, many would consider what you said talking trash, so it could easily be argued that you began the trash talk. Bosh has never been one to get into it with guys without being solicited.
"He's on a good team now, so he thinks he can talk a little bit."
Huh? Too much wrong with that sentence to even make sense of it. Think Bosh really felt empowered by his team's record, and that's why he defended himself in that moment? Think he would've just kept walking if he was still with the Raptors?
"There are a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he's one of them."
There are a handful of fake tough guys in the NBA, not a lot. But even if there were, Chris Bosh is on that list??? Really?!?!?
Bosh is a lot of things. He's professional. He's articulate. He's a good shooter. He's interesting to watch when he's gently backpedaling down the court after a made basket. But he's certainly not fake tough. Because to be fake tough, you actually have to put on a tough act. And Bosh doesn't do the looking tough thing. He normally just goes about his business, occasionally dropping a loud scream when he dunks on someone. But fake tough? That's semi-ridiculous.
"I'm no punk... 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."
So, hypothetically speaking then, if a guy who has a reputation for talking trash, a guy who's not so nice, walked by and said the exact same thing to you, you'd allow it to happen without a retort? In that scenario, you would allow yourself to be punked? But a nice guy isn't allowed to speak to you without you getting in his face and then ripping him to the media? That makes a whole lot of sense, especially since you yourself are among the nicest guys in the league, so you should know that it probably takes just the right comment for a nice guy to respond the way Bosh did.
This was one of the most senseless outbursts I've ever heard, and it's surprising that it came from someone like Durant. But then again, if he's going to take a verbal swipe at someone, it should probably be at someone like Bosh, because Bosh is probably too much of a pro to keep something silly as this going.
It will be interesting, though, if these two are on the Olympic team together next summer.
What's Durant's deal?
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