Posted September 30, 2013

Kevin Durant discusses Dwyane Wade beef, Derrick Rose and more in radio interview

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Kevin Durant (right) addressed his alleged beef with Dwyane Wade. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In an interview on NBC Sports Radio’s The Chris Mannix Show, Kevin Durant touched on a host of fascinating subjects. Most notably, his public disagreement with Heat guard Dwyane Wade over Wade’s place in The Point Forward’s list of the NBA’s top 10 players.

Last week, an interview with Cinesport.com, Durant pointed out that former Thunder guard James Harden was notably absent from our top 10 list, and mentioned that he would remove Wade to make room for Harden. Wade took issue with that opinion, Durant responded in kind, and their disagreement took on a life of its own. Mannix looked to clarify Durant’s view on the ordeal:

Chris Mannix: I’ve gotta ask you about the firestorm with James Harden and Dwyane Wade and all that nonsense that was out there. You tweeted at me the other day, you said, ‘Don’t buy into this beef Chris, it’s not a real beef.’ Let me ask you this, in this way: Were you surprised it became the story that it did?

Kevin Durant: To be honest, I forgot all about it, I forgot that I said that until I checked on Twitter. A lot of Heat fans tweeted me and said not so nice things, which was expected. But I wasn’t trying to disrespect D-Wade in any type of way or discredit anything he’s done. He’s a champion, their team is a champion. I can’t say anything about their team. I can’t. They beat us in the Finals and they won back-to-back. I can’t say anything about their team. Basically what I was saying was that D-Wade passed the torch onto guys like James Harden, just to name one. I think that was just my opinion. I respect D-Wade, and I’m sure everybody’s saying that he’s going to use that as motivation, but he’s always been a motivated player, and it’s not going to change what I bring to the table. And I’m gonna stand by everything I say. No matter if I’m winning or losing, I’m going to say the same thing.

CM: What did you think of the Instagram photo he posted with the writing on it?

KD: The handwriting was immaculate. D-Wade, he’s a high-level player. I didn’t really think too much about it. It is what it is. Some people get motivated different ways, and that’s how he chose to do it, and I respect him. There’s no disrespect to him or the organization, it’s just how I felt at the time when they were asking the question. Like I said, I’m going to stand behind it. I’m not going to let anybody change my stance on anything. Like I said, I respect what they’ve done as a team, what he’s done as a player. But I was just talking about today as of right now, who I would take.

Durant also took his turn as a reporter, given his insight into the play and movement of Derrick Rose. The glimpses of Rose playing basketball since tearing his ACL on April 28, 2012, have been few and far between, but Durant got a firsthand look while training with Rose —- along with Kevin Love, John Wall, Brandon Jennings, Chandler Parsons and others — this summer:

CM: How did Derrick Rose look?

KD: He looked really good in my opinion. He looked like the MVP Derrick Rose to me. He’s a great player. You can tell how hard he works. He wants to be back on that floor, he did everything he’s supposed to do to get back.

The interview inevitably turned to the season ahead for the Thunder. While Durant acknowledged that a handful of already good Western Conference teams have only gotten better over the last few months, he chooses to focus primarily on himself and his teammates in his preseason work. Oklahoma City is in position to again contend for the title, but will likely lean on a relatively unproven player — second-year guard Jeremy Lamb — to help offset some of the scoring lost in the free-agent departure of Kevin Martin. Given that Lamb has played just 147 NBA minutes (many of which came in garbage time), Mannix turned to Durant for his take on Lamb’s developing game:

CM: Unless you’re an avid fan of the D-League, or are inside Thunder practices, people have no idea what Jeremy Lamb can do. Give me a scouting report on Jeremy Lamb.

KD: Smooth operator. He can shoot it really, really well. Athletic, can handle the ball, can play pick-and-roll, he can do just about everything, man. He can come off screens and shoot. He’s really good for our program. I’m excited for him, and he’s been working his tail off this summer. I know he’s going to come out and be ready to play.

14 comments
bambam824
bambam824

I don't think wade had/has a torch to pass...

cuthbert
cuthbert

Only in basketball can such an innocuous statement be turned into a news story. What's next? "Dawg, you stepped on my shoes!" ? 


Pathetic culture.

tfaw
tfaw

people don't pay durant to provide so-called insights about other players, he gets paid to put an orange ball into a metal hoop.  get back to basketball durant...

Mark112
Mark112

Durant has been corrupted by Twitter and the belief that his words actually contain material meaning. Durant would be better off learning a skill on the court other than hoisting up bricks from 20 feet and badmouthing the ball hog Westbrook, who makes everyone around him an average player. OKC's time has come and gone I'm afraid, which is why Durant will bail when his contract runs out.

RRamirez
RRamirez

Boo Durant...the Spurs are coming....don't worry about Wade...you gotta  get past K Leonard, the new kid on the block....besides Wade is done dude and so are the Heat!!!! They were one lucky Ray Allen shot from losing.

micahgoulart
micahgoulart

Durant cant say he didnt mean disrespect if, after Wade posted that Instagram photo, Durant replied on Twitter, "Show me dont tell me" 

Yeah, can't backtrack on that, Durant.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@tfaw  are you freaking serious?  He was asked a question - hes giving an interview. What is your problem? LOL  What a joke of a comment.  All he does is basketball 24/7 and he answers a question asked in an interview and you rip him for it.. get real dude

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Mark112 for one of the best players in the league with a generally good off the court record - you are full of a lot of hate

Azeron
Azeron

@micahgoulart I haven't liked Durant ever since he called Bosh a 'fake tough guy' because Bosh objected to Durant telling Ibaka to dunk on him.  Love Wade.  Don't like Durant.  However...while I disagree with the idea that Harden should replace Wade in the top ten.  I didn't and still don't see anything wrong with someone (even Durant) having a different opinion.  Both guys are correct.  If Dwade wants to use this perceived slight as motivation he certainly should do so AND Durant was justified in saying in response, "Show me don't tweet me."  That is simply as it should be.  I for one am looking forward to the Heat laying the wood to OKC twice this season.  Should be exciting television.  

D. Darqwon
D. Darqwon

@micahgoulart  I believe he reiterated that he stands by what he said. He meant no disrespect because he was simply speaking the truth.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@micahgoulart Why should he? He was right. The Heat won last year despite Wade, and he's been on the decline for a while. Not a top ten player in the league anymore - Sorry.

tfaw
tfaw

@AaronDunckel @tfaw he can't handle the questions.  obvious he has limited IQ; he needs to stick to the court.  his agent needs to sequester him from senseless interviews that add nothing.