The Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers are getting a head start on the hostilities three months before the NBA season.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant appeared this week in an episode of Blazers guard CJ McCollum’s podcast “Pull Up” that aired on Wednesday. One of the most notable moments came when Durant clowned McCollum over Portland getting swept in the playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans and teased him over Golden State’s signing of DeMarcus Cousins this summer as well. Durant also bluntly told McCollum that the Blazers were not going to win a championship.
Kevin Durant straight up laughed at the Blazers getting swept and Boogie signing with Golden State to CJ McCollum on CJ’s own podcast.
— Kris Hanson (@KrisHansonRCF) July 25, 2018
Dan Katz of Barstool Sports (better known as “Big Cat”) tweeted at McCollum in response to the clip and asked for permission to call Durant the B word.
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 25, 2018
While McCollum would not condone the language, he did reply to Katz’s tweet by reiterating how soft he thought that Durant’s decision to join the Warriors back in 2016 was and drew a comparison to a street fight.
I still think the b word is harsh and shouldn’t be used. . He know that decision was soft but I respect it. It’s like getting jumped with ur brothers by a gang you should’ve beat then joining the gang that jumped u and ur brothers 2 months later & forgetting about your bros https://t.co/BFGqQy1lwR
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 26, 2018
Durant obviously did not appreciate McCollum’s tweet and fired back at him with a profane tweet of his own.
“So I would get into a gang, fight, lose, plot on my brother for 2 months in our home and then go get the gang we lost to and beat him up?” the reigning back-to-back Finals MVP wrote. “U think that low of me CJ? I just did your f—in podcast. Snakes in the grass boy I tell ya.”
While it’s possible that the two stars were just drumming up publicity for their podcast episode, it’s not too far-fetched to think that Durant was legitimately bothered by what McCollum tweeted. After all, we have already seen him respond to social media criticism elsewhere this summer.