The Warriors' Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry disputed an ESPN report that Golden State was furious about the inactivity from Thunder leadership leading up to Kevin Durant's first return visit to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11. Sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes that the Warriors were of the mindset that someone from ownership or management should have addressed the media on Durant's behalf to help ease the tension upon his return. "I don't agree," Kerr said. "[Thunder GM] Sam Presti's a friend of mine. I know [Thunder chairman] Clay Bennett, it's a class organization all the way. So I don't really pay any attention to a story like that unless there's an actual name that's put on, so, I assume it's just sources? Sources? So I don't know who that is. It's nobody with the Warriors. So, we have great respect for the Thunder. Sam's been a friend of mine forever. They're first class, so I don't know where that comes from." Kerr said "emotional returns or farewells" in the NBA have become "routine" because "guys get traded, they get cut, they sign elsewhere as free agents." "It's kind of what makes the whole thing work, it's the connection from the fans, the emotional connection. So that will lead to some tears, some cheers, some boos. A little bit of everything. It's all just part of the game." Curry also dismissed the report.
Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry deny Warriors upset with how OKC handled Durant's return
ESPN | Mar 20