Kevin Durant called Chris Bosh a "fake tough guy" in response to them getting double technicals for having extended words with each other on the court.
After Chris Bosh fouled James Harden on a fast break early in the Heat's (33-14) 108-103 win over the Thunder (30-17) in Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant came over to his teammate for some unknown words.
When Bosh "butt in" -- as Durant put it -- KD was so displeased with the 'trash talk' that the normally mild-mannered, quiet star barked back at the pussycat Bosh. It was a bit much and the two received reasonable technical fouls:
After the game, KD wasn't shy on how he felt about Bosh, "fake tough guys" in the NBA, and his feelings on guys trying to essentially bully his mild-mannered teammates, Royce Young wrote at the ESPN-affiliated Daily Thunder blog:
Durant said, "I was talking to my teammate and [Bosh] decided he
wanted to put his two cents into it. I am quiet guy, laid back guy, but
I'm not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He's on a good team now so
he thinks he can talk a little bit. There are a lot of fake tough guys
in this league and he's one of them."
And more: "I'm no punk. I wasn't even talking to him first off. He
decided to butt in and I'm not going to just let that slide. Especially
in our house. Like I said, he's not one of those guys I look at and say
he has a rap for talking back to guys or getting into it. He's a nice
guy. I'm not going to let that type of person say something to me like
This is the best recording I could find of KD's comment to embed here:
I've never been a Christina Bosh-hater. He was the guy I most wanted the Bulls to pick up in the off-season, but I'm damned glad I didn't get my wish. Bosh is a very, very good player, but KD's right; there's this new pretentiousness about him since joining a good team. A pretentiousness that wasn't so present beforehand.
Bosh went from an energetic, yet 'go about his business' guy, to a walking non sequitur. The reality is that Bosh's true nature is that of a pussycat -- to a fault -- and maybe he's attempting to compensate for it.
I give KD an A+ on all accounts. Well, except for disappearing for only three points in the second quarter.