STEPHEN Curry insisted that there is no rift between him and his Golden State Warriors teammate Kevin Durant despite their difference in opinion on Under Armour shoes, which the two-time NBA MVP is an endorser.
In late August, Durant, who has a signature sneaker line with Nike, fired shots at the competition in a The Ringer podcast with Bill Simmons, saying ‘nobody wants to play in Under Armours.’
Curry, who has generated the most money for Under Armour since his transfer from Nike in 2013, was informed of his teammate’s comments and listened to the podcast to take the entire context of the comments. Then he went on to talk to Durant and ended up respecting each other’s stand, opposing as they were.
“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,” he said to the Charlotte Observer.
“Where we were four years ago, and where we are now – you can’t tell me nobody wants to wear our shoes,” Curry added. “I know for a fact that they do.”
Interestingly, Durant was on the verge of moving to Under Armour in 2014 when he got an offer worth at least $265 million for over 10 years. But Nike matched and exceeded the deal at the last minute to keep Durant.
Despite the opposing opinions, the Warriors stars ended up with mutual respect for each other’s brands and Curry insisted all is well with him and Durant.
“There is nothing that is going to put a wrench in our locker room,” he said.