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Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Posted on: January 30, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 10:55 pm
Posteddurant-bosh by Ben Golliver

The NBA superstar clique is generally a tight-knit, insular group and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is usually a soft-spoken, polite man.  Those realities changed a bit today, as Durant publicly called out Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh following a nationally-televised game between the two teams on Sunday.

Royce Young of reports that Durant was upset with Bosh over a skirmish that took place in the first half.
"I was talking to my teammate and [Bosh] decided he wanted to put his two cents into it. I am quiet guy, laid back guy, but I’m not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He’s on a good team now so he thinks he can talk a little bit. There are a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them."
"I’m no punk. I wasn’t even talking to him first off. He decided to butt in and I’m not going to just let that slide. Especially in our house. Like I said, he’s not one of those guys I look at and say he has a rap 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."

The skirmish was sparked, according to the Associated Press , after a Bosh hard foul on Thunder guard James Harden.

Bosh and Durant received a double technical foul in the first quarter after Bosh hacked Harden to prevent a fast-break basket.
Here's video of the exchange that precipitated the double technical fouls on Bosh and Durant.

Durant's words mark another development in his career arc, as, up to this point, he's been content with proving himself on the court and avoiding any major exchanges of words off the court.

Here, though, Durant clearly felt that protocol had been violated. To go at Bosh in such a personal way -- poking fun at his decision to team up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, to call into question Bosh's toughness -- shows an edge I can't recall seeing out of Durant. I kind of like it.

While many superstars couldn't get away with this type of negative commentary without catching a backlash, Durant will almost assuredly skate clean here because Bosh is reviled and mocked by so many fans for the exact reasons Durant mentions. Bosh missed a bunch of time recently with a high ankle sprain and made a huge fuss about how the injury occurred and he posed in an absolutely ridiculous Maxim shoot , for example. Who is this guy to pretend to play enforcer?

The only problem with Durant's comments, of course, is that the Heat defeated the Thunder, 108-103.  Knowing Durant and his legendary competitivess, the loss will likely stick in his craw far longer than anything Bosh did on the court.

Note: This post has been updated from a previous version to clarify quotes attributed to Durant.
Fire Childress
Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2011 12:22 pm
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Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2011 12:03 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Detroit Pistons = Winners for life....RINGS....let KD know if he does want to be a Piston...we got banners, playoff runs, history, trophys and we do it with a team...thats why WE have WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.   Let me know how those first round playoff exits keep working out in Nowhere City

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:57 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

3 NBA titles and the last true TEAM to do it.  Just ask KG if he regrets re-signing in Minn or when Kobe said trade me or get me help,ray allen in Seattle, melo, amare, CP3, Shaq, the whole league is filled with overpaid crybabies and Durant will be next. The joke is you blowing a guy who in 4 yrs has won NOTHING but his balls do fit in your mouth tho

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:37 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Chris Bosh is the softest big man in the league. I was so glad when the Rockets stopped pushing for him. Someone his size that doesn't want to play center tells you all you need to know.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:20 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Bosh is a tag along. He cannot hold a team on his own. Something that Durant can do. 

@Noodles NYC: I agree 100%. Except Durant doesn't just hold his team on his back - he MADE the team that way. Anyone wondering just how brilliant of a leader this guy is, seek out the SI article about the Thunder from Summer 2010.

And detiger, that's astoundingly funny. A Detroit guy saying anything about (a) basketball in general, or (b) where a guy signed a contract...that's too good for words. I'll bet Durant wishes he'd signed with the Pistons. What a joke.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:07 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Anyone that says anything about Kevin Durant is just a pure hater. He is in his 4th year in the NBA. He lead the league in scoring last year. He is doing it again this year. And 3 years ago he was in the top 10. He took a brand new team and has already lead them into the playoffs. I think they have a better team them Miami. I think they play more as a team. Miami will get tossed out of the playoffs in the 1st or 2nd round and they will be the laughing stock of the league. Kevin Durant is a beast. Everyone knows it. If he stays healthy he can be the all time league leading scorer. Bosh is a tag along. He cannot hold a team on his own. Something that Durant can do. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:00 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Bastardchild:  oops my bad Boston kicked their A_ _ _ S each time

I'm sorry, but an 8 point win and a 5 point win is not an A__ kicking.  That is an old team with chemistry barely beating a younger team with little to no chemistry.But hey, if you consider that a whooping then I feel bad for ya.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2011 10:47 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

The thing is, I have always thought highly of Dewayne Wade, but the additions of the arrogant, self-centered Lebron and the overrated, irrelevant Chris Bosh, I find it very hard to pull for them.  It is amusing to me that people say Bosh doesn't get a pass and Durant does.  No kidding, look at past behavior, Bosh is classless and does this kind of stuff on a nightly basis,.  Durant is widely viewed as a classy player.  The most telling thing is, Durant has more talent than Bosh has ever dreamed of.

Heat fans, you need to look at yourselves because you have all basically shown that you would sell your souls to the devil for an NBA championship.  Your precious Lebron might well be the collector.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2011 10:41 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy' KD talking shh iit thru the media, real tough guy, he is prob just still pissed he signed a 5 year deal to stay in OKC, ouch.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2011 10:36 am

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Reminds you of Laimbeer-Bird dont it?

slow day for news?

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