Matt Barnes Used to Tell Kevin Durant Westbrook Was Only One Who Could Stop Him

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22:  Draymond Green #23, Kevin Durant #35 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate after winning Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2017 AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Noah Graham /NBAE via Getty Images)
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Whenever he played the Oklahoma City Thunder during his time on the Los Angeles Clippers, forward Matt Barnes got in Kevin Durant's ear.

Here’s what Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins wrote about Barnes and his eventual Golden State Warriors teammate:

"'The only person in the world who can stop you,' Barnes crowed, 'is your teammate.' The most effective trash talk, Barnes has discovered in more than a decade of NBA rabble-rousing, is the kind spiked with the smallest shred of truth."

Barnes, of course, was referring to OKC star Russell Westbrook.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- MAY 28:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder talk before the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoff
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Could the constant prodding about his shot-happy point guard have pushed KD over the top last summer? Perhaps it played a role. But winning a title seemed to be more at the forefront of Durant's mind.

[h/t Sports Illustrated]

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