After 3 NBA Finals, and two Championships together, you would think there would be nothing but peace between former teammates Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. What they accomplished together is something for the history books.
While the two may not be at odds with each other, they are clearly throwing some shade as they look reflect back on their time together.
It started with Kevin Durant, who said, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that he never felt quite right with the Warriors. He went on to talk about how he felt different from the "homegrown" stars, and at one point even attacked their offensive schemes.
"The motion offense we run in Golden State, it only works to a certain point," Durant told the Wall Street Journal last week. "We can totally rely on our system for maybe the first two rounds. Then the next two rounds we're going to have to mix in individual play. We've got to throw teams off, because they're smarter in that round of playoffs."
After letting it sit in the news for about a week, Steph Curry had an interview of his own, where he responded to a number of Durant's comments, including the one about their apparently "flawed" motion offense.
"Well, I don't care what plays we ran," Curry said to ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "We won two championships. And at the end of the day, we had a lotta talent and there was an expectation of us figuring out how to balance all that. And we talked a lot about it throughout the three-year run. It wasn't always perfect, but I think in terms of, you know, the results and what we were able to do on the floor, that kinda speaks for itself. We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I'd rather have some championships, too."
Essentially, Durant wanted to shine more on the offensive end. To his credit, his usage rate and field goals attempts did take a dip when he made the move to Golden State -- but not by much. His average with the Thunder was 19.1 attempts with a 30.5% usage rate. Those numbers changed to 17.5 and 29.1 with the Warriors.
His efficiency went up, his rebounds and assists went up, and he was able to win two NBA Championships alongside Curry and Klay. In hindsight, isn't giving up the ball a little more worth all that success?