They may be NBA champions, but that doesn’t mean the Golden State Warriors are immune from conflict. But who would’ve thought footware would’ve been the source?
After Kevin Durant’s late-August comments on a podcast with Bill Simmons that none of the nation’s best prospects “wants to play in Under Armours,” Stephen Curry — the leading face of the brand — decided to have “a conversation about it” with his teammate, according to a report from The Charlotte Observer.
Kevin Durant pulled no punches when voicing his support for Nike rather than Under Armour.
Curry felt Durant’s statements didn’t “ring true at all,” but also said the issue won’t knock the Warriors off course moving forward, insisting nothing “is going to put a wrench in the locker room.”
“I told him that he has a certain opinion based on his experience growing up in the Nike business,” Curry said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “What that means when it comes to the competition among shoe brands and universities and the whole grassroots system and whatnot — he’s entitled to that opinion obviously.
“But when it comes to what I’m trying to do with Under Armour, and what the Curry brand means and what Under Armour basketball means, that statement does not ring true at all.”
Curry is at least right in some sense, as it didn’t stop Sloane Stephens from joining the Under Armour family fresh off her U.S. Open victory.
“The UA Family welcomes another champ to the sqUAd. Congrats @SloaneStephens. It was a victory #UnlikeAny. #TeamUA,” Curry wrote via Twitter on Tuesday.
If you’re a fan of the Warriors, it’s reassuring to know that sneakers seemingly won’t interfere with their bid for another title.
But for other NBA fans? You might as well hold out hope this whole sneaker thing takes a turn for the worse — it’s probably the best chance at stopping Golden State from securing a third championship in four years.