Kevin Durant: James Worthy did ‘some shady s— to me’

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Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors was met with widespread “I never would have done that” criticism from former players – many of whom would have done that if they could have.

But one former great drew special attention from Durant for his hypocrisy.

Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast, via CSN Bay Area:

Simmons then asked Durant: “What’s the best criticism you’ve heard of yourself from the guys on TV?”

As Durant started to answer, his agent, Rich Kleiman, started to laugh and chimed in.

“Yo. You know what’s the best story, I’m not gonna name names … tell him the story about how the player came up to you, and you were like, ‘He kept it so real…'”

Durant: “Do you want me to say his name?”

Kleiman: “That’s up to you guys.”

Durant: “Out of his respect to him … but he did kind of do some shady sh*t to me.”

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.”

We’re obviously hearing only Durant’s side of the story, but I’m glad Durant named Worthy. Why protect him in this situation?