"You know you guys aren't gonna win a championship."
Kevin Durant recently flew to New York to partake in fellow C.J. McCollum's podcast Pull Up with CJ McCollum. The Portland Trail Blazers star uses the podcast as a keep busy-operative to pursue his passion outside of basketball: journalism. Don't be surprised if several years down the road, when his career is well and over, to see C.J. McCollum working as a personality within the realm of sports media.
On the latest episode of Pull Up with CJ McCollum, Kevin Durant sensed it was the right occasion to quell any tension over the DeMarcus Cousins' signing. McCollum has been an outspoken critic of "SuperTeam"-building experiments, and reached to Cousins following his move to voice his displeasure, personally. The exchange began as McCollum said, "You know how I felt, bruh, I was hot."
Durant tried to level things with rhetorical statements, a frustrating turn in conversation for his Western Conference counterpart. C.J. placed himself in the shoes of a bored NBA fan by stating that a lack of parity in the NBA is hurting the product. At this point that Kevin Durant lost his friendly demeanor and started serving notice to the 8th seed. The exchange went a little like this:
Durant: "You know you guys aren't gonna win a championship."
McCollum: "We have the team, we have the capabilities, anything is possible. We can win a championship bro."
Durant: "I mean let's be honest. I like ya'll two (McCollum and Damian Lillard), you're hard to step. But I mean, come on. You can't be upset about this."
As soon as Kevin singled out both Lillard and McCollum as the only two catalysts on the Blazer's squad, C.J. brought the discussion back to his sour feelings about DeMarcus Cousins. McCollum and Lillard have been as active as any two players in the NBA, in their recruitment of potential free agents. Incidentally, the sour note proved costly, as Durant would eventually have the last laugh in telling C.J. to "get out your feelings" and not "worry about what goes on at the top of things."
The NBA Championship passes through Golden State until further notice.