When Kevin Durant Josh Green was brought down, shrugging his shoulders as the Mavs player screened, he began exchanging a few words with the Texan. The Nets superstar then quickly turned his attention back to the opposing bench, clapping and continuing to talk tough.
The scene took place five minutes from the end of the meeting played in Dallas, while the visitors still had three possessions behind (85-78), before the gap grew by playing free throws. Penalized with a personal foul and a technical foul, “KD” specifically targeted an opponent as a substitute: Theo Pinson. Now known as the service agitator, the former Nets player never stops gesticulating from the bench while “trashtalking” the flagship player opposite.
Theo Pinson messed up Kevin Durant so much that KD wanted to fight Josh Green.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 8, 2022
” Told him he had to be Magic Johnson tonight and pass the ball », reports an interested party to ESPN in reference to the defensive treatment the Mavs gave to “KD”. The latter actually took the two for a good portion of the evening. The winger had to work hard to get good shots and finally “settled” with 26 points – his lowest total of the season (that is to say!) – on 10/20 on shots.
“I had an amazing time”
After the meeting, Kevin Durant made sure he wasn’t upset at the time. ” I had an incredible time, a wonderful time (journalists laugh). I love to talk trash to the fans, to the other teams, to the coaches. They feel it is healthy. It’s not like I was pissed off enough to fight Theo, or I was annoyed by him talking to me. I am having an incredible time, there is no better place for me at this time in my life. »
The Nets player even credits this reference to Magic Johnson.
” Nobody in this league wants to let me play one-on-one or go to my preferred zones. So they’ll send three or four players to me, go into the zone when I have the ball. And I was like, ‘I’m that strong. It’s a simple fact, when you pay attention to a player, in a team sport, it shows how strong I am. So he understood. »
An observation coming from one of the best strikers in history has finally been proven… by Theo Pinson himself.
” I was like, ‘Yeah, it is. That’s why we do a double take. Don’t be surprised.’ I tickled him. You know how it goes. But he’s my man. He is my man. »
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