Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr disagreed with a previous report that the organization was “furious” about star forward Kevin Durant not getting the proper recognition upon his return to Oklahoma City in Feb. 11.
Durant was treated to a choir of boos and shirts with cupcakes printed on them upon his return to the city he called home for eight of his first nine NBA seasons.
“I don’t agree,” Kerr told Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. “(GM) Sam Presti is a friend of mine. I know (owner) Clay Bennett, it’s a class organization all the way, so I don’t really pay attention to a story like that unless there’s a name attached to it.”
The Warriors seemed to take the cupcake shirts in stride, as a couple of players wore them after the game as they tallied another W in the column — but Kerr remained unequivocal in his belief that the report wasn’t coming from within the organization.
“I assume it’s just sources?” said Kerr with a grin. “Was that just ‘sources’? I don’t know who that is. It’s no way it could be the Warriors. We have great respect for the Thunder. Sam has been a friend of mine forever.
“They’re first class, so I don’t know where that comes from.”
Steve Kerr calls Sam Presti a friend and the Thunder a "first-class" organization, disputes ESPN report pic.twitter.com/dhPpiEwKCl
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 20, 2017
The Warriors will face the Thunder for one last time tonight after they managed a 16-point win to go up 3-0 in the series in their previous encounter. Both teams have picked up steam as of recent games with Golden State winners of the last three and Oklahoma City winning five straight games.