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Celebrity chef and Golden State Warriors superfan Guy Fieri played a small role in recruiting Kevin Durant to the Warriors in 2016, and he says he’ll do whatever he has to do to help the team keep him this summer.
Fieri recently spoke to GQ to discuss his Warriors fandom, and confirmed that while he did reach out to Durant’s agent before free agency started in 2016, nothing came out of that conversation. The move led to some speculation that a lifetime supply of donkey sauce may have helped convince Durant to come to the Bay Area.
“I can’t even entertain the conversation — it’s ridiculous,” Fieri said of rumors of his heavy recruitment efforts. “Look, we love KD. Like, everybody does! I don’t know how that manifested itself in this story, and quite frankly, I think I’ve lost track of what the reality of the story is.”
Even though Fieri didn’t play much of a role in bringing Durant to the Bay Area, it sounds like he’s prepared to do whatever he needs to do, to convince him to stay.
“Call me, KD. Tell me what you need,” Fieri said. “If there is a such thing as an inspiration dinner that I need to cook to bring all the dignitaries together — all the players, his team, his mom, you name it — well, consider that meal cooked.”
The Flavortown resident said that Durant is a “phenomenal” person, and “anybody in the Bay Area would give whatever they can give to keep him.”
“He’s such a nice guy,” he said. “It’s more than just a player — it’s the character, the energy, the person he is. He’s phenomenal. So, yeah. You tell me what I can do. Tell me how I need to flex my food muscles, and I’ll make it happen.”
NBA free agency officially opens in July, so Fieri will have some time to prepare whatever special sauce he has in store for the two-time NBA Finals MVP.
You can read Fieri’s full Warriors-centered interview with GQ here.
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