Durant Calls Chris Bosh ''Fake Tough Guy'' after Game
Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:10 pm
By: News On 6
Originally Published: Jan 30, 2011 5:19 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff and Wire Reports
OKLAHOMA CITY – It takes a lot to get Kevin Durant to say anything controversial to the media.
But Miami’s Chris Bosh was able to do it.
Kevin Durant told the media after Sunday’s loss to the Heat, “There’s a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he (Bosh) is one of them.”
Midway through the first quarter, James Harden took the ball to the basket and was fouled by Bosh.
Durant said he engaged Harden in conversation after the foul and Bosh joined in. Durant and Bosh exchanged heated words and picked up a double technical foul.
"I was talking to my teammate and he decided he wanted to put his 2 cents into it. I'm a quiet guy, a laid-back guy, but I'm not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He's on a good team now, so he thinks he can talk a little bit," Durant said.
“I think he was telling Harden to dunk on me, or dunk the next one," Bosh said before giving a cleaned-up version of the exchange. "I expressed that, `No, he's not going to dunk that.' And he expressed, `Yes, he is.' It just kind of went back and forth."
The technical foul was Bosh's second of the season and the first that will count against Durant, who also had one rescinded earlier this season.
“I’m no punk,” Durant said. “I wasn’t even talking to him, first off. He decided to butt in and I’m not going to just let that slide, especially in our house.”
Durant said he does not think Bosh has a reputation for trash talking or fighting and that he is a nice guy.
"I don't think it was anything to get a tech over," Bosh said. "It was just talking. He stood his ground, and I respect that."
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook got his third technical foul of the season for swinging his fist in the air after being whistled for a personal foul against Mario Chalmers in the final minute of the first half. Miami's Dwyane Wade picked up his sixth of the season in the fourth quarter while protesting after Serge Ibaka blocked his layup attempt.
Miami beat Oklahoma City 108-103 Sunday afternoon in OKC. The Thunder will play the Heat once more this season on March 16 in Miami.