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.
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]