Whether it's Hall of Famers such as Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller or ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, plenty of people within NBA circles have blasted Kevin Durant for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.
Considering Durant made the move just over a month after failing to defeat the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, despite their 3-1 edge in the series, it makes the decision seem that much worse.
That and KD joined a Warriors' squad that pulled off an NBA-best 73-win season and came a victory away from clinching the NBA title with three fellow All-Stars via two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Well, Green, for one, is tired of hearing about the flak that KD keeps getting ... and he's clapping back on behalf of his new teammate.
Upon learning of Paul Pierce jabbing Durant on Thursday for joining the Warriors, Green didn't waste time serving up an epic response.
Listen to Draymond's scathing thoughts just after the 2:20 mark below and how he compared KD's move to an exec leaving Apple to join Google.
Green's pointed thoughts came in response to Pierce saying that he could have left the Boston Celtics when things got tough years ago, but stayed, and that today's younger stars — like KD — aren't "as hungry or competitive as my generation was."
Previously, when Durant initially announced he was leaving OKC to sign with the Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers' veteran said:
We don't think there's anything wrong with Green stepping in to defend KD against Pierce. The question is will Draymond have anything to say directly to Russell Westbrook?
When reporters told Westbrook on Thursday about Durant's comments about the Warriors having "selfless" players, his former Thunder teammate wasn't having it at all.
We can't wait until the Warriors face the Thunder and Clippers this season — especially when Golden State visits OKC.
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