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Steve Kerr on Warriors’ reported Kevin Durant-Thunder complaints: ‘It’s nobody with the Warriors’

Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant looks at the scoreboard as Thunder fans wave cardboard cupcakes above in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Warriors center JaVale McGee, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


The Warriors were reportedly “furious and bewildered” about how Thunder ownership and management treated Kevin Durant upon his return to Oklahoma City last month.

For a moment, let’s set aside whether or not that’s true. Who would leak that and why? I see two scenarios:

  • The Warriors have their heads so far up their collective behinds, they thought leaking that would support Durant without making themselves look bad.
  • Someone, realizing how poorly this would reflect on Golden State, revealed the mindset.

The result was obviously the Warriors looking bad. Now, Golden State coach Steve Kerr is doing some damage control.

Anthony Slater of The Mercury News:


I don’t agree. Sam Presti is a friend of mine. I know Clay Bennett. It’s a class organization all the way. So, I don’t really pay any attention to a story like that unless there’s an actual name that’s put on it.

I assume it’s just sources? Is it sources?

I don’t know who that is. It’s nobody with the Warriors.

We have great respect for the Thunder. Sam has been a friend of mine forever. They’re first-class. So, I don’t know where that comes from.

Can Kerr really speak for everyone in the organization with such certainty? Even if he could, would he necessarily tell the truth about a story that makes his team look ridiculous?

Kerr’s denial means something, but only so much.