Durant tells ESPN: ‘I have no attachment to Boston at all’

Durant tells ESPN: ‘I have no attachment to Boston at all’

As he comes into the TD Garden Friday night to face the Celtics for the first time in a Golden State Warriors uniform, Kevin Durant tells ESPN that the C's and their fans shouldn't be mad that he chose Golden State over Boston last summer. 

"What can they be mad about?" Durant told ESPN.com Wednesday when asked about the reception he’ll receive Friday night. ”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."

The Celtics entourage that tried to lure Durant to Boston last summer in the Hamptons famously included Tom Brady and led to C’s forward Jae Crowder complaining a few weeks later that the Celtics had given away their secrets to beating the Warriors, which they did at Oracle Arena last year, ending Golden State's NBA-record 54-game home winning streak.

Crowder told MassLive.com at the time: ”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."

Did those Crowder’s comments irk Durant? 

”Nah, it don't bother me," Durant told ESPN.com. "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."

Thomas told ESPN.com Wednesday that he’s over the Durant decision.

”No, I've been past that. Maybe for Jae," Thomas said with a smile. "Jae still might be mad. But I'm past it."

Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

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Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.

McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.

The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).


NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.