Like everyone else, Jae Crowder was shocked when Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Golden State Warriors earlier this month.
And then, Crowder was pissed off.
Crowder was particulary upset that the Boston Celtics—one of only nine teams to beat the Dubs during the 2015-16 regular season—supposedly gave KD the secret formula on how to take down Golden State.
Jae Crowder was a part of the Boston Celtics’ pitch to Kevin Durant this summer, and after the meeting, he said he felt pretty confident. [ …] “I came home after the meeting and told them, like, if he leaves, he’s coming to us,” Crowder said. “But I didn’t think he was leaving.”
“We were the only team in the NBA to beat both (Cleveland and Golden State) on their home court — the only team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics,” Crowder said. “We told him that. We played him clips from both games and told him basically the scouting report of how we guarded Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) — our entire game plan, basically. That’s what made me mad. We (expletive) told him everything we do to beat these guys, and we beat them, and he went and joined them. I mean, that’s part of the process, but I did not think he would go to those two teams … I felt like afterward, I was talking to Isaiah, like maybe after you sit back, you shouldn’t have told him everything, but who the (expletive) thought he was going to Golden State, realistically? It was like a slap in the face for us, basically.”
After Durant’s decision, critics loudly decried what they saw as Durant taking the easy way out. Crowder said the sentiment around the league has been similar. […] “That team is for sure the villain of the league,” Crowder said. “Every other NBA guy, friends of mine, are really disgusted from how the league is turning on that standpoint. Everybody is joining together, everybody wants to go to Golden State or Cleveland.”