All-Star Weekend is gossip central for NBA stars, and Brian Windhorst has some fitting gossip to add to one of this year's juiciest storylines.

While discussing the close relationship between Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on his "Hoop Collective" podcast Friday, the ESPN reporter passed along this observation from folks around the duo in Charlotte:

I was talking to some people who were with 'Team Free Agent', I mean 'Team LeBron' at All-Star, and they said that Kyrie and KD were like a middle school couple that weekend. Eating together. ... They were doing drills together at practice. 'I'll rebound for you. You rebound for me. I'll post you up. You post me up.' They were eating together. They went to Miami together after the weekend. Kyrie started calling him 'my best friend.'

That Irving and Durant enjoyed each other's company isn't exactly a secret; there's plenty of footage of the two hamming it up in All-Star practice, playfully tossing jerseys at each other and, of course, having animated hallway chats.

According to Windhorst's intel, though, just how close the two friends were at All-Star Weekend was very noticeable to those around them.

Of course, what Irving and Durant choose to do off the court is nobody's business. There's no crime in having a "best friend" on another NBA team. But considering both players are free agents this offseason, their relationship will only increase the chatter about them teaming up in New York (... or Boston?) next season.


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