Kevin Durant Unfazed By Criticism of DeMarcus Cousins Signing

Kevin Durant calls Oklahoma City'Home in podcast with C.J. McCollum

Since leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors after losing to Golden State in the playoffs, Kevin Durant has been roundly ripped for his "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" attitude.

The Warriors have won three of the last four NBA titles and are coming off of a sweep of a LeBron James led Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals. I'm done speaking on KD and the warriors bc it's childish of me to do so and soft lol (will be taken out of context).

Durant told McCollum not to worry about that, adding: "You know you're not going to win a championship".

Durant: (laughs) "Okay... I mean you did just say on the airwaves, you might cut it out, you just said that he should've came to Portland". And you get used with what I said, but I'm the guy that's sensitive? "I think it's gonna make his book even more interesting when it's done". I was mad. I got on Twitter. "So I'm looking at [Cousins]". I just did your f--in podcast.

McCollum: I can be upset because Cuz was a free agent.

McCollum: "I was mad, I got on Twitter".

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And to officially end the conflict, Durant said this: "This is not East coast, West coast beef".

Thus began something of an Abbott & Costello routine, with the reporter dancing around the subject while Durant let him squirm.

On McCollum's podcast, Durant was blunt about his belief that the Blazers aren't close to championship contenders, saying at one point that McCollum shouldn't concern himself with what's going on at the top of the league.

Durant: So why am I upset then?

Kevin Durant just wants everyone to be cool with his new persona as that of a rare type of celebrity who would randomly bite back at his critics online, regardless of their ages. "CJ and I will go have some wine with him in NY when he gets back from China - and take a picture if y'all really don't believe me". "Anything is possible. We can win a championship, bro" - Durant couldn't stop laughing.

McCollum is on the Team USA roster but was among a handful of players who did not participate in the 2-hour practice Thursday.

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