Kevin Durant met with the Boston Celtics in the offseason as one of the six teams he’d consider signing with.
“What can they be mad about?” Durant said Wednesday night ahead of his first game with the Warriors against the Celtics. “I never played there. I never said I was going there. But they’re going to support their team. It’s one of the best fan bases in the league — top-five, easily. So no matter who goes in there, they’re going to boo them. But I have no attachment to Boston at all.”
Jae Crowder was openly annoyed Durant didn’t choose to sign with the Celtics.
“We were the only team in the NBA to beat [Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers] on their home court. The only team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics,” Crowder told MassLive.com three weeks after Durant’s decision. “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 f—ing told him everything we do to beat these guys, and we beat them, and he went and joined them.
“Afterward, I was talking to Isaiah [Thomas], like maybe after you sit back, [we] shouldn’t have told him everything, but who the f— thought he was going to Golden State, realistically? It was like a slap in the face for us, basically.”
Durant was asked if Crowder’s comments irked him.
“Nah, it don’t bother me,” he said. “All these guys that you ask the same questions, you know what you’re going to get from them. So you’re [asking] the same questions. Why am I going to be mad about a guy who has an opinion? I respect all these players. If they don’t respect what I did, I can’t control that.”