Earlier today, Kevin Durant called Stephen A. Smith a liar for reporting that Durant would make it a priorty to join the Los Angeles Lakers if he did not resign with OKC.
“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,”
–Stephen A. Smith, via First Take
Kevin Durant did not seem to take too kindly to Stephen A. Smith reporting this news, so much that he replied to the media with this:
Kevin Durant on the Lakers rumors: “I don’t talk to Stephen A Smith at all. No one in my family, my friends do. So he’s lying.”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 2, 2015
The battle continued with Stephen A. Smith responding to Kevin Durant, justifying his credibility for covering the league for 19 years. He also highlights that he is sticking by his original stance in saying that OKC, LA, Miami, DC, or NY are his landing destinations next summer. Stephen A. Smith will address this commotion on Monday when First Take returns with a new episode. Here is Stephen A. Smith’s response:
[TWITLONGER] REGARDING @KDTREY5 AND HIS NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT ME, LET ME SAY THIS: AT NO TIME DID I EVER SAY I SPOKE TO K.D. OR HIS FAMILY. OR HIS BROTHER, FRIENDS, TEAMMATES, ETC. (ALTHOUGH I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I HAVE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS IN THE PAST). I SAID I HEARD FROM FOLKS I KNOW — IN A LEAGUE I’VE BEEN COVERING FOR 19 YEARS — THAT IF HE WERE TO LEAVE OKC AS A FREE AGENT, THESE ARE THE CITIES I WAS TOLD HE WAS CONSIDERING. OKC. LA. MIAMI. DC. NY. I STAND BY IT ALL. AND THAT IS THAT.
HIS ASSERTION THAT I WAS LYING IS NOT ONLY FALSE, BUT TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR. ESPECIALLY FROM A PLAYER WHO RECEIVES NOTHING BUT PRAISE NOT ONLY FROM ME, BUT FROM PRACTICALLY EVERY MEDIA MEMBER YOU CAN FIND. YET, FOR SOME REASON, WE’RE ALL THE SAME FOLKS WHO DON’T KNOW *&%$ ABOUT THE GAME OF BASKETBALL. WHOSE THOUGHTS HE COULD GIVE A &^%$ ABOUT. ESSENTIALLY, INDIVIDUALS HE WISHES HE’D NEVER HAVE TO TALK TO…..THAT HE’S BEING FORCED TO TOLERATE…..AS IF SOMEONE HAS DONE SOMETHING TO HIM…..OF ALL PEOPLE!
DON’T KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MR. DURANT OVER THE YEARS. BUT I KNOW THIS MUCH: WE ALL WIN WITH HIS RETURN, BECAUSE HE IS AN ABSOLUTE SUPERSTAR. THE NBA IS BETTER WITH HIM. WE’RE ALL AT A LOSS WITHOUT HIM.
IT JUST APPEARS THAT @KDTREY5 NEEDS TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT TODAY’S WORLD IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS:
WE DON’T HAVE TO TALK TO HIM TO TALK ABOUT HIM!
FOLKS LIKE ME WILL STILL BE HERE. WATCHING! LISTENING! WAITING! REPORTING!
WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT. WHILE HE’S HERE AND LONG AFTER HE’S GONE.
TIME TO GET USE TO IT.