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If Stephen A. Smith is to be believed, Kevin Durant is apparently an avid watcher of “ESPN’s First Take” and isn’t afraid to reach out when Smith’s live on air.
On Wednesday morning’s edition of the show, Smith dropped two new provocative “reports” about Kevin Durant, citing multiple sources.
The first report centered around Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors three years ago. According to Smith, Durant informed Russell Westbrook and the Thunder he intended to re-sign with them the night before meeting with the Warriors in the Hamptons.
“The night before Kevin Durant flew to the Hamptons… Kevin Durant had dinner with Russell Westbrook, Nick Collison, I think Royal Ivey but I’m not sure, and literally looked Russell Westbrook in face and told him, ‘I’m not leaving, I’m staying,'” Smith said. “[He] then went to the Hamptons and announced that he was going to Golden State.”
Smith also reported Durant “never even called Westbrook” after making his decision, and subsequently had friction with head coach Steve Kerr during his time with the Warriors.
“Kevin Durant did not have a great relationship with Steve Kerr,” Smith said. “He wasn’t too fond of Steve Kerr at all. I don’t know the particulars, but I do know that.”
Later in the show, Smith informed the audience that Durant himself had reached out and said Smith’s reports were “BS.”
“I just want to say something before we move on,” Smith announced. “Kevin Durant reached out, said it’s BS what I’m saying and I should check my sources, and that’s all he said.”
Co-host Max Kellerman asked if Smith had multiple sources, and Smith said he had more than two.
“I’m telling you, I’ve been told this by numerous people,” Smith doubled down. “Someone’s lying on you. I take that back; multiple people are lying on you, KD, if that’s BS.”
Smith isn’t the first national reporter Durant has recently feuded with after reporting something he took exception to.
Prior to the start of the NBA Finals, Fox Sports reporter Chris Broussard said the Warriors winning a title without him would be his “worst nightmare,” prompting Durant to fire back on Twitter, “I see a little exaggeration there buddy, my worst nightmare?? U sure that this is the worst that it can get???”
Broussard then went on to say he and Durant have texted for hours, leading Durant to tweet, “U don’t have my number.”
Fortunately for Durant, he can clearly count on the New York media to show restraint when it comes to the speculative personal reporting he hates so much from the national media.
His next four years should be stress free.
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