Steve Nash pokes fun at Kevin Durant’s epic first half
Steve Nash is a Kevin Durant hater.
Not actually, of course. But based on the Hall-of-Fame point guard’s tweet in response to Durant’s epic first half on Friday, it certainly seems like he harbors some resentment for the Golden State Warriors superstar.
Kevin Durant’s 38 pts in the half of a playoff game are 3 more than steve nash’s 35 in 2005 vs Dallas. It’s not nearly as impressive though because there are more possessions in today’s game. And because Kevin Durant is taller and better at basketball.
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) April 27, 2019
Nash, it bears reminding, joined the Warriors as a consultant in 2015, and took special interest in helping Durant develop his game when the two-time reigning Finals MVP signed with Golden State one year later. He even helped Durant break out of a minor shooting slump in November by pointing out a minor deficiency in his jumper at a Warriors practice.
Their relationship dates back to before Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder, though. In fact, Durant sought out Nash for insight on the Warriors’ incumbent stars before deciding to team up with Golden State.
“I trust his judgment on stuff. He’s always kept it real with me,” Durant said of Nash in 2017, per The Mercury News. “He wasn’t recruiting me or anything, he just let me know how it is here.
“I asked him how the guys would feel if I came here,” he continued. “He just said everybody’s selfless, no egos.”
Durant, by the way, was absolutely dominant for the entirety of Game 6, not just the first half. He established a new postseason career-high for the second consecutive game, scoring 50 points, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing five assists on ridiculous 14-of-26 shooting as Golden State beat the Los Angeles Clippers 129-110, moving onto a second-round matchup with the Houston Rockets.