On Thursday, Paul Pierce criticized Kevin Durant for leaving the Thunder to join the Warriors. He said current NBA stars lack hunger and competitiveness, and he can’t imagine doing what Kevin Durant did this summer.
“I could have left Boston years ago but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you’re that close as a competitor, you don’t go join the team that just pushed you out. That’s just me personally but we’re living in a day and time where there’s a new generation. Guys I don’t think they are as hungry or competitive as my generation was, and that’s why you’ll probably see more of that.”
Later that day, Warriors forward Draymond Green went off on the subject. Draymond is not afraid to say exactly what he thinks and he was not happy about Pierce’s comments.
“I just wonder at what point do they get bored talking about the same thing. You got all these guys talking. Like [Paul] Pierce today, like, dude nobody care what you did or who you did it for. Just give it a break. Everybody got something to say and want to take everything he say and twist it. Like, he play with the Warriors. OKC has their team, we have our team. He left there. Nobody complain when somebody leave Apple and go to Google. Aren’t they in competition with each other? Nobody talk junk about the CEO who leaves Apple and goes to Google. As a basketball player, you are the CEO of a business. You are a business. Kevin Durant is a big business. He is the CEO of that business. So him going to play basketball for a different team, the CEO decided to leave where he was at and go somewhere else.”
“But there’s so many guys in this league that are so stupid they don’t think like that. They don’t think business wise. It happens every day in the world. But in basketball it’s a problem. Aren’t you competitive in your day job if you work for Apple? Don’t you want to outdo Google? What’s the difference on the basketball court. It’s your day job. You want to do what’s better for you. If it’s better for your family life, better for your happiness. Ain’t no one criticizing them. I don’t understand it. I’ll never understand it. So that’s just me. And I’d be willing to bet my salary ain’t many guys in this league more competitive than me.”
The Warriors insist that Kevin Durant and the rest of the team simply laugh at the furor his free agency decision created, which is a good attitude to have since comments like these will be flying at the Warriors all season long.