|Thunder forward Kevin Durant goes to the basket against Heat forward Chris Bosh in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on January 30, 2011. (GARRETT W. ELLWOOD/NBAE via Getty Images)
Chris Bosh showed during his years in Toronto that while a great player, he’s no intimidator.
NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant says that hasn’t changed even though Bosh has gone big-time with the omnipresent Miami Heat.
The two jawed at each other early in Oklahoma City’s loss to the Heat on Sunday.
Bosh had hammered James Harden on a layup attempt and Durant told Harden he should dunk on Bosh the next time.
Bosh responded that that wasn’t going to happen, leading to an angry response from the normally laid-back Durant.
“I was talking to my teammate and he decided he wanted to put his two cents into it,” Durant said, according to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. “I’m a quiet guy, a laid-back guy. But I’m not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He’s on a good team now so he thinks he can talk a little bit. But it’s a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them.”
Durant continued: “I’m no punk. I wasn’t even talking to him, first-off. He decided to butt in. ”
Bosh didn’t even think technicals should have been called after the incident and said of Durant:
“He stood his ground. I respect that.”