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Kevin Durant Says He Is Now The Villain, Relationship With Westbrook Damaged

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Kevin Durant had to expect some negative backlash for his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and form a “super-team” with the Golden State Warriors in free agency. The move was met with so much negatively, mainly because may expected Durant to ultimately re-sign with the Thunder, continuing his partnership with Russell Westbrook.

But then Durant announced he was signing with the Warriors and, as the saying goes, “all Hell broke loose”.

Durant told China’s Sina Sports that he talked to Westbrook before signing with Golden State.

“I just told him. I let him know how I felt,” Durant said of his conversation with Westbrook. “Obviously, our relationship won’t ever be the same again. But it’s something I wanted to do, and I expressed that to him. Hopefully he respected it.”

Durant also mentioned that their relationship “won’t ever be the same again”.

Durant also spoke about all of the negative reaction from fans, analysts and fellow players who criticized his decision, many feeling that he was trying to take an “easy route” to an NBA Championship and others feeling he betrayed Oklahoma City.

Regardless of which negative viewpoint those critics had, Durant has accepted the fact that he is now perceived as a “villain”.

“Yeah, it’s difficult. I’m not used to this much attention, but I’m getting used to it,” Durant said. “Obviously, people don’t like me right now, but it is what it is. I can’t please them all. I’ve got to still go out there and handle my business.

“They’re not going to get up at 9 o’clock in the morning and work on their game for me. I’ve got to do all of that on my own. I can’t worry about people on the outside. I’ve got to go to sleep at night, I’ve got to get up and I’ve got to perform. I’ve got to do all that stuff. It is what it is. Once we start playing the games, I’ll feel a little bit more better. Right now, it’s definitely a change. There’s a different vibe going around, but I’ll get used to it.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also commented on Durant’s free agency decision saying that is was not “ideal from the league standpoint.”

At the end of the day, Durant made it clear that his only goal is to win an NBA Championship.

“I want to win a championship, but you’ve got to play great basketball to win a championship,” Durant said. “Those guys were so close last year, so they’re hungry this year to get back. I want to help them. I want to be the guy that takes them over the top.

“We don’t have any selfish players on the team. That’s the thing: I think everybody expects us to play selfish, but guys want to go out there and win and just play the right way. That’s what they’ve been doing. It’s on me to come in there and adapt to what they’ve been doing. It’s going to take me some time, but I’m going to get used to it pretty quick.”

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Steph Curry Talks LeBron James Trash Talking During Game 1 of NBA Finals

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Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is gearing up, along with his team, to defend their 2018 NBA Championship, their 2nd in a row and 3rd in 4 years, when the 2018-2019 regular season kicks off this fall, but he is still discussing the 2018 NBA Finals.

Curry specifically is discussing his shock as the trash talk from then Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, which threw Curry off.

Curry and James’ relationship is seemingly in an odd place. James was “like a mentor” to Curry when curry was in college playing at Davidson, but things seem a bit icy now as Curry’s Warriors and James’ Cavaliers (James is now on the Los Angeles Lakers) met in some heated battles in the NBA Finals over the past couple of years.

Despite the shift in their relationship, Curry was still caught of guard by James’ approach, particularly in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

“It was never going to spill over to that” Curry said, during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller).

“But it was an interesting moment …I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn’t see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me.

“And I was like, ‘That’s what we’re really on right now? We’re about to win and you’re worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?’ And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, ‘Yo, what’s up? Is this really what we’re about right now?’

“And he was like, ‘I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I’m a mentor’ and it’s a part of his leadership and that type of deal. And I was like, ‘I don’t want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership.’ (laughter). Come on man, that’s messed up.”

The rift goes a bit deeper than that, and a book from The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, entitled ‘Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry’, it is elaborated, highlighting a 2016 Halloween Party thrown by James that featured a dummy of Steph Curry that was on the floor, forcing guests to step over it.

Now that the two are in the same division, thanks to James’ signing with the Lakers, betting websites will have a field day this season when the two teams take the court, and James continues his mission to topple the juggernaut Warriors.

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Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Allegedly Punched Warriors’ Draymond Green at Night Club

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green apparently took their on-court beef off the court as the two allegedly had an altercation at a Los Angeles night club.

According to online gossip site Bossip, Green had approached Thompson to apologize for what happened after Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but Thompson wasn’t interested.

When Green persisted, Thompson punched Green.

Green and Thompson got into it numerous times throughout the Finals, with Green even insulting Thompson as Thompson attempted to shake his hand following the infamous Game 4.

Here is more from The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre:

 

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Warriors Champagne Celebration Cost More Than $400K

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The Golden State Warriors certainly celebrated their 2018 NBA Championship victory, and third in four years, in expensive style.

According to TMZ Sports, Golden State celebrated with more than $400,000 worth of champagne in the locker room  after completing their Finals sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

TMZ goes on to say that the Warriors popped 300 bottles of Moet & Chandon, 150 Imperial Golden Luminous magnums and 150 Nectar Imperial Rose magnums.

Golden State knows how to party, and this isn’t the first time that their lavish celebrations have come with a hefty price tag, but can you really put a price on the celebration?

Not if you’re a dynasty.

 

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