ESPN's Stephen A. Smith has hit back at Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant for calling him a liar, saying 'You don't want to make an enemy out of me.'
This all started when the First Take panelist said Durant had considered the LA Lakers as the next destination for him to play his basketball when his contract ends with the Thunder. Durant plans to test the free agency as an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season when his contract expires.
The 27-year-old responded saying the rumors were a lie and that he doesn't talk to Smith at all, and nor does anyone in his family, so he accused him of making up stories.
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Smith replied to the former MVP's statement yesterday on the First Take show to defend his claim about Durant's future.
He said on the show: “Kevin Durant is the one that’s lying. I have interviewed Kevin Durant. His rookie year, I interviewed him in his home in Seattle. I interviewed him years ago, when we were in Orlando for SportsCenter. I have talked to him on several occasions literally within the last year where we’ve run across one another at an arena. Or one time we saw each other at 40/40 because obviously he’s being repped by Roc Nation right now – whatever the case may be – no reporting that went on in that regard, just pleasantries and things of this nature.
"That statement that he came out with, that was a surprise to me because I had no idea he had any kind of problem with me whatsoever. I wasn’t aware of it, so it was news to me."
He went on and issued what some might perceive as a mild warning to the Thunder star.
He said: “I sit here today incredibly offended by the personal attack that this man has put against me. Even in the midst of all that, let me tell you, Skip Bayless, Kevin Durant is a good dude. His family is wonderful. He's wonderful. There’s nothing negative that I have to say about this person as a human being. I am addressing what he said about me. I am not attacking Kevin Durant.”
“You don’t want to make an enemy out of me...And I’m looking right into the camera. And I'm gonna say it again. You do not want to make an enemy out of me. I’m not having it. I’ve done nothing wrong.”
Later on his own radio show, he did say he wasn't threatening Durant, more just stating the facts, but everyone can come to their own conclusion on that front.
Eventually, we might find out what the truth to this story is. The real truth always comes out in the end with stories like this. It might all just blow over and Durant changes his mind and stays with the Thunder. We'll hopefully find out soon.