James Worthy Rumors
Worthy is upset about a story Durant told on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” — in which KD says he met Worthy last year and they had a very cool conversation about Durant leaving OKC for Golden State. But Kevin says he learned a short time later that Worthy trashed him about the move during a TV interview. Durant felt betrayed and called James “shady” and “corny.” But Worthy says Durant’s version of the story is simply untrue — and he was so upset, he tracked down the TV interview in question to prove he’s not a two-faced liar.
Worthy says he reached out to the Golden State Warriors in an effort to clear things up with Durant and had hoped KD would set the record straight on a podcast this week, but that didn’t happen. Worthy says he’s REALLY upset at KD’s agent, Rich Kleiman, for encouraging the NBA star to “go negative.”
Durant then shared the following story: “We played in Vancouver, first game in a Warriors uniform. And I see James Worthy walking out as I was leaving the game … it’s a legend here. ‘Big Game James.’ I didn’t get to see him play but I just know all about him … I’m a little skeptical at this point to even talk to anybody from the generation before because I don’t even know how they feel about me as a person, as a player because these dudes — they look at me as like, ‘Oh you switching teams, you chasing this, you chasing that.’ So I’m just gonna keep it moving. “But he was like, ‘Man. Don’t worry about that stuff. People change jobs every single year, every single day. Don’t worry about that. Just go out there and keep working and go win.’ So I’m like, ‘Man that’s nice.’
“So I came back home that night and my boy Randy — I was like, ‘Man. James worthy was cool. He showed me so much love. I appreciate that.’ He (Randy) was like, ‘Huh? He was talking so bad about you on TV. He was saying Magic wouldn’t have done that. I wouldn’t have done that…’ “Yo, stop selling out. Stop selling your brothers out. This is a fraternity. Stop selling us out … stop doing that man, and then come in my face talking that nonsense. I was really fooled with him.”
Plenty of people have delivered strong opinions about Kevin Durant’s free agency choice to join the Warriors. Many of those have been former NBA players with TV microphones in their face. James Worthy is one, apparently, and it got back to Durant in a funny way. Durant told the story on a recent podcast with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons.