Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade have an interesting relationship. Yea, I’ll just leave it at that.
In an interview with EuroHoops.net (H/T CBS Sports), Durant said that Wade should just “pass the torch” and accept that he isn’t a top-10 player anymore. Don’t believe me, peep the video:
Wait, who passed the torch to Durant?
Anyways, I find this very interesting. Mostly, you will hear other stars praise each other. Most of the time. Though, it has felt that Durant, in a way, goes out of his way to “diss” Wade. It’s interesting.
This whole thing started when Durant said that the SI’s Top-10 list of best NBA players in the league was missing James Harden. When asked who Harden would replace on the list, Durant said Wade.
Then, Wade got wind of Durant’s comments and posted this picture on his Instagram account:
Now we’re here.
But let’s be real for a minute. And honest.
Wade isn’t a top-10 player in this league, not with the way injuries have plagued him the last few seasons. This is pretty common in the NBA right now. Wade is being defensive because he was once a great player in this league and hasn’t accepted that he is declining.
It’s not like Durant is saying LeBron James isn’t a top-10 player in the league. He’s talking about a player that has seen his productivity and role (on the Heat) decline with each passing year.
The only real question in this scenario is whether Durant has real beef with Wade and, if so, why?
This is going to be an interesting storyline to keep an eye for as the season unwinds, it would also add another interesting narrative if these two teams meet up in June.
Beef or no beef, that is the question.