The Golden State Warriors proved that they weren’t invincible in the playoffs this year when they found themselves down 3-2 to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. But ultimately, the fates intervened on their behalf in the form of Chris Paul injury, thus clearing a path to their second consecutive NBA title.
Perhaps that minor scare jolted them out of their complacency this summer, because while everyone was watching the LeBron James show, they swooped in under the cover of night and added DeMarcus Cousins to a team that already included two regular-season MVPs, a two-time Finals MVP, a Defensive Player of the Year, and arguably the two best shooters who have ever walked the face of the Earth.
It’s a decision that didn’t particularly sit well with several of Cousins’ colleagues around the NBA, namely his good pal C.J. McCollum, who apparently phoned him after the news broke to try and convince him to reconsider that decision. McCollum recently had Kevin Durant on his podcast “Pull Up” to discuss that very topic, and things quickly got awkward when Durant savagely laughed off the notion that the Blazers are a true championship contender.
After that on-air tet-a-tet, McCollum apparently wasn’t done yet, because he later took to Twitter to go at Durant again for joining the Warriors.
First of all, it’s hilarious to call him “soft” while simultaneously claiming to “respect” his decision. And because Kevin Durant leaves no slight unanswered, he quickly fired back with a tweet of his own.
Just how seriously these two are taking this apparent feud remains at least a little bit ambiguous, complicated by the rather playful crying-laughing emoji in Durant’s response. But he isn’t known to have a particularly thick skin nor much of a sense of humor when it comes to this type of thing, so the Twitterverse will have to decide for themselves whether they’re truly angry at one another or just putting on a good show for the fans here in the summer doldrums.
Whatever the case, Durant clearly got worked up somewhere in the process, as evidence by him taking the time and effort to argue with random people on Twitter, which has always been his Achilles heel when it comes to this sort of thing. However, he quickly regretted that decision and promptly deleted all of those tweets.
For his part, McCollum tried his best to defuse the situation before it went any further, although he still couldn’t help but include a photo of him dodging punches during his a boxing workout. So we suppose this round goes to CJ.