Brian Witt | NBC SPORTS
Kevin Durant doesn’t expect to play during the 2019-20 NBA season, but he’s commandeering the storylines the day before it begins.
The two-time Finals MVP joined Brooklyn in free agency this offseason after three eventful seasons with the Warriors, which included two championships. He has been rehabbing since having surgery to repair a torn Achilles, and recently found time to visit with one of his former teammates — Serge Ibaka — who was guarding him when that injury occurred.
Durant was the guest for the premiere episode of Ibaka’s show “How Hungry Are You?”, in which the Congolese native gets his guests to try some unusual eats. The menu for Durant?
The culinary choice was actually Ibaka’s way of showing support for his former teammate.
“I know a lot of people call my boy a snake. Today, he’s about to eat snake,” Ibaka said at the opening of the episode. “‘Cuz snake don’t eat snake. You got it?”
Ibaka and Durant cover numerous topics throughout their conversation, including what would have happened in the 2019 NBA Finals if Durant hadn’t torn his Achilles. But as far as making headlines, nothing is likely to compare to Durant’s response to Ibaka’s first question, which put him on the spot.
“Who is a better player: Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook?”
“Stephen Curry,” Durant responded after a long pause.
When asked why he felt that way, Durant responded, “‘Cuz he can shoot better.”
Well, there you have it. Case closed, right? Straight from the sn … err .. horse’s mouth.
I’m sure that’ll go over well in Oklahoma City and Houston. No chance anyone overreacts.
Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors
Drew Shiller | NBC SPORTS
It’s always fun to hear two people talk some friendly trash to each other.
It’s even better when the people involved are Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.
On the most recent episode of “How Hungry Are You?” from Bleacher Report, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates had the following back-and-forth about the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors:
Ibaka: “Do you think if you didn’t go down, you guys would beat us?”
Durant: “For sure.”
Ibaka: “Are you sure about that? Are you 100 percent, my brother? We were hot, baby … we were hot. We were like fire. Nobody could stop us.”
Durant: “I could. I was like Sub-Zero (laughing).”
Ibaka: “We may go to Game 7, but the way we were balling — had confidence.”
Durant: “Let’s put it like this — if ya’ll go into a Game 7 with the two-time champs, you’re not winning that game. You’re not. Ya’ll had to win in six, which ya’ll did. But if I was out there, ya’ll wouldn’t have beat us at home.”
Ibaka: “We almost beat you guys in five, you know that right?”
Durant: “Yeah. Game 6, ya’ll almost lost anyway. Klay [Thompson] went out, and ya’ll almost lost. So Game 6, we would have smacked ya’ll at the crib. And then Game 7 — I know for sure you could hear a pin drop in your locker room walking into that arena. Ya’ll would have been so shook.”
Durant: “So shook.”
Ibaka: “Yeah, you’re right about that (laughter). But we were hot, so we the champs.”
Durant didn’t bring up the fact that he missed the first four games of the series, while Klay and Kevon Looney were sidelined for Game 3 in Oakland.
I think we all can agree that if both teams were fully healthy from the start, Golden State wins the series in six games max.
But that’s not how life works.