A Steve Kerr remark was seemingly taken out of context, Kevin Durant obtained upset and all people misplaced on this Twitter drama.
Kerr, Durant’s former head coach with Golden State, made what gave the impression to be a curious assertion concerning the last yr of the Warriors’ dynasty on a podcast with The Ringer. Kerr mentioned that he loved the Warriors’ 2019-20 season, throughout which they completed 15-50, greater than Durant’s last season with the group, once they misplaced to the Raptors within the NBA Finals.
“That final yr was powerful,” Kerr mentioned. “There was quite a bit occurring – some that you understand about and a few that you simply don’t. That was very troublesome.”
Durant, ever the Twitter surveyor, appeared to take issue with the quote.
“That is hilarious,” Durant tweeted in response.
Unprompted, Kerr defined his frustrations concerning the quote being taken out of context at size throughout a postgame press convention. He clarified that the concept of his quote was that the ultimate yr of the dynasty was an “absolute bear.”
“The stress stage, two season-ending accidents throughout the Finals … we had every kind of stress,” Kerr mentioned.
Opposite to the quote that was circulated in a tweet, Kerr claims the stress had nothing to do with Durant. As a substitute, it was the stress of success and the mounting accidents, and on the podcast, he mentioned he skilled aid teaching a bunch of younger gamers have been desperate to be taught.
There have been hints of hassle from that last season. Durant’s exit from Golden State was hastened by his feud with outspoken ahead Draymond Inexperienced. Durant has additionally beforehand been essential of the offense that Kerr constructed for the Warriors, which is probably why Durant assumed Kerr’s remark was directed at him.
He additionally clarified a number of instances that he was not proud of the way in which the story was reported, and was particularly upset with Drew Schiller, who tweeted the out-of-context quote that Durant responded to.
“If you wish to really get the story correct, I might encourage you to truly hearken to the podcast. It was a really unfair shot, utterly taking one thing out of context to the purpose the place individuals are going to learn it and suppose that was my quote,” Kerr mentioned.
“To take that remark and put it right into a tweet and ship it out into the universe is so irresponsible and damaging. And I’m indignant.”
Kerr talked about later that he hadn’t heard from Durant, and had solely heard concerning the Twitter alternate.
Durant remained insistent that he would “defend his honor” on Twitter.