Kevin Durant on Chris Bosh: ‘Fake Tough Guy’

by January 31, 2011

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

It’s kind of amazing when you consider it: Despite the public breakup with his old team, the winking ads, and occasionally controversial Twitter declarations, LeBron James is arguably not the most disliked member of the Miami Heat.

Chris Bosh has managed to continuously draw the ire of the public this season, and yesterday afternoon in Oklahoma City, he got under Kevin Durant‘s skin.

The two exchanged words early in the game, and following the Miami Heat‘s tough road win, Durant explained what his issue with Bosh was.

The Oklahoman has the quotes:

“He was telling Harden to dunk on me,” Bosh said. “He said dunk the next one. I expressed that, no, he’s not going to dunk that. And he expressed, yes he is. We just kind of went back and forth. I don’t think it was anything to get a tech over. It was just talking.”

“I was talking to my teammate and he decided he wanted to put his two cents into it,” Durant said. “I’m a quiet guy, a 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. But it’s a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them.”

“I’m no punk,” Durant said. “I wasn’t even talking to him, first-off. He decided to butt in. I’m not just going to let that slide, especially in our house. He’s not one of those guys that I look at and say he has a rep for talking back to guys or always getting into it. He’s a nice guy. He’s not one of those guys. So I’m not going to let that type of person say something to me like that”

Nothing too controversial there; it’s likely just frustration from a highly-competitive guy spilling over after a difficult loss on national television.

It bears noting, however, that Kevin Durant normally never says anything like that about any opponent, at least not to the media.