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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: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2011 5:08 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'punk'

The "world" is now going to see what Toronto fans have seen for 7 years...Bosh is an overrated soft, arrogant fake. He needs LeBron and Wade FAR more than they need him despite the shills from Miami (and the NBA PR machine) wanting to make it seem like he's equal. Durant saw Bosh get outplayed by Collison during his Toronto "superstar" years and knows that a Bosh led team is a lottery team.
Miami could slot in any decent power forward who could get them 15 and 8 for 1/4 the salary that Bosh is getting...(remember Haslem??).

Watch how Bosh plays vs the Celtics in the finals.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 5:05 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'punk'

Yeah, his 7-20 sure does show he can do it too...

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 4:49 pm

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a 'punk'

Kevin Durant normally lets his game do the talking for him,  Bosh must have really ticked him off.  God help the Heat next time they play Durant is gonnas drop 75 on em.

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