It’s no longer a hypothetical nightmare. Kevin Durant is actually a bona-fide, for-real member of the Golden State Warriors, and apparently this cosmic factoid is finally sinking in. This video, originally courtesy of ESPN writer and Bay Area resident Ethan Sherwood Strauss, reveals a grumpy DeMarcus Cousins shaking his head and walking away as Kevin Durant holds court with a gaggle of fawning reporters.
The accompanying caption, “DeMarcus Cousins still can’t believe Kevin Durant is on the Warriors,” caused the video to make the internet rounds Friday morning. Classic Boogie Cousins! Looks like yet another example of sour grapes from basketball’s most mercurial star.
But actually, no. Here’s an extended video that appears to have been taken slightly before the last.
KD part of shouting match with DeMarcus Cousins tonight. Playful moment postgame between the Olympic teammates pic.twitter.com/mwuv6m8MoR
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 7, 2016
Reporters are dying to ask Durant about a possible confrontation he had with Cousins in the midst of a preseason game, but Durant rather quickly ethers the whole notion, noting very laconically that they should ask Boogie because he is standing right there. The camera pans to a smiling Cousins and there are laughs all around. Exhibition games are often shrouded in mystery, where one must put together clues to divine the true sequence of events but ultimately, there’s no there there.
— Cowbell Kingdom (@Cowbell_Kingdom) October 7, 2016
The heated exchange in question was made far more tepid by this gathering of Olympians (and Matt Barnes) after the game, in which there seemed to be a cordial, if briefly serious, conversation that was capped off by Durant playfully taking Boogie’s headband off and playfully tossing it back at him. Again, laughs, smiles, all in good fun.
I think it’s safe to say they are all the best of friends, and also safe to say that this obviously is a sign that DeMarcus Cousins will be a Warrior within two years.