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#pounditMonday, March 20, 2023

Richard Jefferson takes shot at Warriors for bringing in Kevin Durant

Richard Jefferson

LeBron James’s departure from Cleveland pretty much wiped out the on-court rivalry between the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, but those who were involved in it still have a lot of takes about it.

One of them is former Cavalier Richard Jefferson, who appeared on Sunday’s Cavaliers broadcast and called out the Warriors for adding Kevin Durant after losing in the 2016 Finals, equating it to going to get your older brother after losing a street game.

“Where I come from in the park and on the street, if you’re playing and you lose to somebody, the first words are ‘Run it back, same teams. … We felt like we’re the better team, we just didn’t play well enough, so let’s run it back.’ They didn’t do that. They were like, ‘We need to go reload. We’re gonna go get our big brother.'”

Jefferson is not the only one to feel that way, though his gripe seems to be more with the Warriors than with Durant himself. It’s been almost three years since Durant made the jump to Golden State, and frankly, at this point, nobody’s ever going to change their mind about whether it was cheap or justified.


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