Kevin Durant was a guest on CJ McCollum's podcast "Pull Up with CJ McCollum" earlier this month, and while the two National Basketball Association stars had a lighthearted conversation that included criticism of Durant's 2016 signing with Golden State and the Warriors' recent signing of DeMarcus Cousins, Durant and McCollum were more defensive on social media afterward.
The Warriors forward is feeling himself after winning his second straight title, and he clearly enjoyed egging on McCollum, whose Blazers had a strong regular season (earning the West's No. 3 seed) but were swept in the first round of the playoffs.
"I ain't want no smoke with nobody", Durant said. I just did your f--in podcast. When I'm on my phone in the middle and in between practices, of course, I'm going to respond. KD responded by telling McCollum that the Trail Blazers are not going to win an National Basketball Association championship title.
Durant's always been one of the most famous athletes on the planet, yet he continues to occasionally open himself up in ways that most global celebrities don't. He and Cousins don't give a crud about parity, which is why they've taken team friendly deals to join the Warriors (Durant eventually got paid). And I text him.
The story with Durant remains he is ultra sensitive, too sensitive, about public perception of him, especially since heading to the Bay Area two summers ago.
"I still think the "b word" is harsh and shouldn't be used", McCollum tweeted. It's going to be too much of one thing with y'all. "It's just because I do it". So what's the problem if I got something to say? But I mean, come on.
And yet: "So when I say something, I'm just going about my way", Durant said. Because it's like you're wasting your time and energy by even focusing on me. But I see what you doing. "All you really gotta do is watch me hoop, right?"