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Celtics forward Jae Crowder is furious about the way Kevin Durant handled his free agency. The scrappy forward takes great pride in being a member of a Celtics team which ended up being the only team to beat the Warriors and Cavs on their home floors in the 2015-16 season.
Earlier this week we learned that KD was actually quite close to signing with the Celtics, but ultimately went with the Warriors. Crowder reacted to Durant’s decision, claiming that KD pretty much plotted the whole free agency tour and learned what other teams had to say about the Warriors game plan. The 26-year-old was upset because he felt like the C’s gave out way too much information to Durant when revealing their defensive schemes on the Warriors and Cavs, and showing the 4-time scoring champion how to stop what ended up becoming his future teammates in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Via ESPN:
“We were the only team in the NBA to beat [Cleveland and Golden State] on their home court. The only team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics,” Crowder told MassLive.com. “We told him that. We played him clips from both games and told him basically the scouting report of how we guarded Steph [Curry] and Klay [Thompson] — our entire game plan, basically. That’s what made me mad. We f—ing told him everything we do to beat these guys, and we beat them, and he went and joined them. …
“Afterward, I was talking to Isaiah [Thomas], like maybe after you sit back, [we] shouldn’t have told him everything, but who the f— thought he was going to Golden State, realistically? It was like a slap in the face for us, basically.”
“You’ll never forget [Brady’s presence],” Crowder said. “It was unexpected. They tried to keep it as a secret and surprise [Durant]. It was great just to sit back, have lunch and talk to [Brady] about anything he wanted to open up and talk about. He asked us questions about basketball, of course. And we asked him questions about football. But it was fun to just sit down and talk to another athlete of his nature, even before the meeting, and just talk. And meet him.