Kevin Durant has the basketball world buzzing again.
This time, though, it's not about what he did on the court.
The Thunder superstar had some not-so-nice things to say about Chris Bosh after Sunday's showdown with the Heat. He called out the Miami big man. He ripped him for being a fake tough guy. He broke one of the few unwritten rules in the NBA — what happens on the court, stays on the court.
Is this the same guy who is beloved because he seems too good to be true? Who is celebrated for being so nice and humble?
Fear not, Thunder fans. Your Kevin isn't turning into some monster. Your Kevin isn't heading down Bill Laimbeer Boulevard or Rasheed Wallace Way. Your Kevin is as lovable as ever.
He stood up to the big, bad Heat.
Now, before we go any further, let's set the scene a bit. Only a few minutes into Sunday's game, Bosh fouled James Harden to prevent a breakaway layup, and Durant, who was trailing the play, hollered at Harden and told him to dunk it next time.
Bosh, who was standing nearby, piped up and said Harden would do no such thing.
“I was talking to my teammate, and he decided he wanted to put his two cents into it,” Durant said. “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. But it's a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he's one of them.”
I'm not exactly sure I buy Durant's assessment of Bosh. To be a fake tough guy, Bosh would first have to act tough.
He's never really done that.
Now, this isn't some sort of commentary on how strong he is. Just making it to the NBA requires toughness. Simply surviving a season in the league necessitates strength. Bosh has that toughness and strength, but what he doesn't have is some tough guy act.
He doesn't stare down guys. He doesn't wear his face in a permanent snarl. He doesn't beat his chest like a crazy man.
Kevin Garnett does enough of that for the entire league.