‘Loved All the Chatter’: Stephen Curry Reacts to Draymond Green and Kevin Durant Calling Out Team USA Critics

Published 08/11/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after shooting a basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


After a shocking opening loss to France at Tokyo Olympics, the US national basketball bounced back, to say the least. Kevin Durant scored 29 points as the Americans took home the gold by beating France in the final.

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Likewise, KD claimed his third gold medal while tying up with Carmelo Anthony for the most medals in Olympics. However, the loss to France in the preliminary stages drew widespread criticisms. In fact, Kendrick Perkins went on a rant on Team USA’s performances during ‘The Jump’ on ESPN.

But Stephen Curry spoke about how KD and Draymond Green retaliated to those criticisms.

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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green get on the act

Many pundits, especially Kendrick Perkins, criticized the team for a lack of physicality and labeled them ‘cute’ in an episode of ‘The Jump’. Likewise, the doubts on team USA continued because of the lack of team chemistry and quality on both the offensive and defensive sides of the game.

However, after winning the Olympic gold medal, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green gave some of it back to KP in an epic video.

A little fun chatter here and there.

Even though it was not the usual dominance for USA in terms of basketball ability, no team comes close to them. With the likes of Durant and Draymond Green on their roster, other nations found it tough to cope with them in the latter stages. Thus, the gold medal shut down all the doubters and KD went live to share some banter.

Moreover, Stephen Curry exclaimed how he loved the competitive edge of his friends.

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Stephen Curry loves a banter

In a recent interview with ‘The Athletic,’ Curry, who won the NBA title two times with Kevin Durant as the former NBA MVP, spoke about how he enjoyed that banter.

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“And I loved all the chatter afterwards. It was well deserved. Just fun to watch guys put everything else away and just go hoop. They earned every bit of that platform to talk trash, talk shit to everybody. I loved it.”

May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Curry is never shy to voice out his opinions and loved the duel between his friends and Kendrick Perkins. With a lot of social media platforms available to express views, the social media battles continue to rise with different trash talks here and there. A fun part and parcel of the game.

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With Curry looking to welcome back Klay Thompson to the Warriors setup, ‘the Splash Brothers’ will hope to rekindle their title ambitions now and give out some banter for their doubters as well.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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