Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are teammates with the Warriors.
They are not teammates when it comes to their shoe deals.
Curry is on Team Under Armour and Durant is on Team Nike.
On Wednesday, ESPN's Chris Herring wrote a feature entitled, "Why Kevin Durant’s Shoes Keep Falling Off."
Here is a very interesting excerpt:
Nearly every veteran teammate of Durant’s who’s played with him at least a few months — after initially wondering why the hell he loses a shoe so often — has busted his chops over the habit. (Well, nearly every teammate save for Steph Curry. “I give him sh*t all the time about stuff, but no, I don’t go there — it’s … a sensitive subject,” Curry says, an apparent reference to the rival sneaker brands that the players promote.)
It's hard not to laugh at this.
We all remember what Durant said to Bill Simmons last August:
"Nobody wants to play in Under Armours, I'm sorry. The top kids don't, because they all play Nike."
And we all remember what Curry told Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer in response:
“This is nothing that is going to put a wrench in the locker room. I told him that he has a certain opinion based on his experience growing up in the Nike business. What that means when it comes to the competition among shoe brands and universities and the whole grassroots system and whatnot – he’s entitled to that opinion obviously.
"But when it comes to what I’m trying to do with Under Armour, and what the Curry brand means and what Under Armour basketball means, that statement does not ring true at all.”
Happy Game 1 of the NBA Finals everybody!