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Kobe Bryant's death made Kendrick Perkins want to end Kevin Durant beef

Kobe Bryant's death made Kendrick Perkins want to end Kevin Durant beef

Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins played together on the Oklahoma City Thunder from February 2011 to February 2015.

KD used to say that Perk was his favorite teammate ever. But the two recently had a falling out of sorts, which culminated in a highly publicized Twitter exchange a couple of weeks ago.

But in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant's unthinkable death, Perkins has extended an olive branch to Durant.

It started with a tweet Sunday afternoon.

"I'm not about to let that go another day down the drain behind a B.S. Twitter beef that's not called for," Perkins later explained during an exclusive phone conversation with NBC Sports Boston's Gary Tanguay. "And our brotherhood, our friendship is more valuable.

"And I also wanted the world to see, hey, if you having problems with a loved one, a friend, a family member, whoever, hey, life is too short. The next 60 seconds is not promised. Nip that in the bud and heal those wounds with those people that you love and get past it. That's what I wanted to do.

"And I wanted to reach out to KD to let him know like, I love you bro. And I'm not afraid to let the world see that I love you."

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One would have to assume that Perkins has tried to contact the two-time NBA MVP directly, but hasn't been able to get through.

KD -- like many others across the globe -- probably still is mourning Kobe's tragic death.

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Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

When Stephen Curry's career is all said and done, there's a good chance many of the current younger generations of NBA fans will include him in their all-time starting five. They have seen the game evolve in front of their very own eyes, and no player was more responsible for that transition than the greatest shooter ever.

But Curry's career isn't over yet. Not even close. And as things currently stand, even he wouldn't include himself in his all-time starting five.

On the most recent episode of Showtime's "All the Smoke" with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Curry was asked which five players he would nominate for that lofty designation, and it's pretty tough to disagree with his selections.

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal? Safe to say that squad would be tough to beat. Of course, if there's one thing that the five-man unit is lacking, it's probably a lack of perimeter shooting. Maybe that's how Curry eventually fits in.

It's worth noting that Curry didn't include LeBron James on his list. Of course, if reported rivalries are to be believed, perhaps that explains the omission. Same goes for Kevin Durant, who recently left Curry out of his top-six hardest players to guard in the league. Are these sour grapes being thrown back and forth?

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It's certainly possible in the modern NBA, but a far more likely explanation is that James and Durant, like Curry, aren't finished yet.

Kevin Durant doesn't include Warriors on top five hardest-to-guard list

Kevin Durant doesn't include Warriors on top five hardest-to-guard list

This surely will go over well with Warriors fans.

Kevin Durant recently conducted a Twitter Q&A through The Boardroom (@boardroom) official account.

When asked to name the five hardest players to guard, the two-time NBA Finals MVP went with LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, Paul George and Joel Embiid.

He then circled back to add one more to the list:

No Steph Curry, no Klay Thompson.

If these omissions bother you, follow this guy's lead:

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Correct. And even when KD played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, he didn't match up against Curry or Klay that often.

But then again:

Now carry on with your day.

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