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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.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:59 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

I agree with Durant. Bosh snowballed a lot of people, namely the Heat. People are seeing more now than ever how soft the guy is. He doesn't really like to bang down low and plays almost no defense. Pretty sad for a 6'11'' power forward!

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:41 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

They actually both are, but are both amazing players aswell!

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:05 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Hey there zonetwlite the last time I checked Kevin Durant was one of the best players in the league and the Thunder are also one of the best teams in the NBA. I guess you've been watching something else. Good try idiot.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:50 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

As much as I like Durant, he doesn't look like much of a tough guy either...

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:45 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Really? Durant lost , took a beat down punked at home. He needs to step off or get steped on. The thunder is a lame as the city they play in.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:44 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Bosh was trying to be a wisea** and Durant busted him.  It's easy to talk trash when your're the third fiddle with Wade and LB  What has he won in the past????  Weaka**.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:42 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

I just saw the Maxim shot for the first time. Bosh is certainly a young man who has lost his way. He looks and acts like a total jerk in that shoot aka Lebronish. Bosh was better when he was out of the limelight up in Toronto and knew he had to work for everything. After watching his South Beach display, I am really glad he is gone from Toronto. Toronto will be a lottery team but hey at least all the catering to Bosh is over. Now if Toronto realizes they are going nowhere with the softest centre in the league (Bargnani) and a European cast, hopefully within a few years they can get back on track.

Durant has been an outstanding addition to the league. Good for him, standing up to the highly rated prima donas. Bosh's new found sense of entitlement led him to rubbing a quiet guy who isn't easily upset the wrong way.

After a bout of injuries exposing just how fragile this new so called South beach dynasty is, Bosh and Lebron should focus on improving their work ethic and shut up and play the game.

Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:06 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

I'm tired of these lame double technicals.  Idiot refs.  I hate both these teams but Durant is clearly walking away from the situation and Bosh grabs him and keeps up in his face.  Why is that a double T?  Pathetic.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 6:53 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

Bosh is much like Lebron, both talk tough but neither plays tough.  All Durant did was out rebound both of those guy's who seem to be soft as tissue on the boards he put up 33 while Lebron and Bosh both guarded him.  In fact it seemed like neither could do anything about Durant Scoring so they fouled him bear hug style all day.  

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 5:26 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'fake tough guy'

doosh....f durant hes mad cuz they lost...grow up

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