But at least one of his revelations got him into trouble with a high-powered Golden State Warriors teammate: Stephen Curry.
“For me, I didn’t want to go to Maryland. I didn’t want to stay home. I wanted to see what was outside that area,” said Durant, who grew up in the nearby D.C. area. “I don’t think a lot of kids, to be honest, they don’t choose Maryland unless they play in an Under Armour system coming up. Shoe companies have a real, real big influence on where these kids go. So, nobody wants to play in Under Armours, I’m sorry. Like, the top kids because they all play Nike.”
The 2017 NBA Finals MVP was then asked if he thought Curry would be upset over his comments.
“Nah, but he’s cool. Like everybody knows that. They just don’t wanna say nothing. The kids that play that grew up in the Under Armour system, they go to Maryland.”
Curry responded by having a discussion with Durant about the forward’s comments.
“I told him that he has a certain opinion based on his experience growing up in the Nike business,” Curry told the Charlotte Observer. “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.”
But don’t expect this flap over shoes to tear up the Warriors just yet.
“This is nothing that is going to put a wrench in the locker room,” Curry noted.