Windhorst: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving Like 'Middle School Couple' at All-Star

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2019

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 17: Kyrie Irving #11 and Kevin Durant #35 of Team LeBron are seen before the game against Team Giannis during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on February 17, 2019 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 2019 NBAE (Photo by Tom O'Connor/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The relationship between Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving during the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, was comparable to a "middle school couple," according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Windhorst recently discussed the relationship on ESPN Radio (around the 28-minute mark):

"I was talking to some people who were with 'Team Free Agent', I mean 'Team LeBron' at All-Star, and they said that Kyrie and KD were like a middle school couple that weekend. Eating together. ... Doing drills together at practice. 'I'll rebound for you. You rebound for me. I'll post you up. You post me up.' They were eating together. They went to Miami together after the weekend."

Durant and Irving, both members of Team LeBron, were spotted hanging out together throughout the weekend:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving playing 1-on-1... sort of 😂 https://t.co/rTlupoq8td

Celtics on NBC Sports Boston @NBCSCeltics

#KyrieIrving playfully threw a Warriors jersey at #KevinDurant so KD asked a fan for their Kyrie jersey just so he could throw it on the floor 😂🤣 https://t.co/NgjFY0w6sC

Meanwhile, a video of the two chatting in a hallway went viral, as some speculated that the pair were talking about teaming up in free agency this summer:

Ben Stinar @BenStinar

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last night 👀 (@jpizzy15 sent me the video) https://t.co/xKXT8MPnwm

Both Irving (who grew up in New Jersey) and Durant have been commonly linked to the New York Knicks.

When asked about the hallway conversation with Durant after the break, Irving vented his frustration about the "bulls--t" while saying that type of drama takes away from the joy of playing in the NBA:

Celtics on NBC Sports Boston @NBCSCeltics

Kyrie Irving sounds off after practice about all the speculation behind his video in the hallway with Kevin Durant 🔗 Click here for the full rant: https://t.co/NJpwuhHS0R https://t.co/f7tWzXnFvt

"It's a video of me and one of my best friends talking," Irving told reporters last month. "And then it turns out to be a dissection of a free-agency meeting? Do you get that? Like, do you get that? And then I'm asked questions about that? That’s what disconnects me from all that s--t."

Durant also called Irving his "best friend" in an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium in December.

Neither Irving nor Durant has revealed what will happen in free agency this summer. For now, the basketball world will continue to dissect their relationship to try to discover clues as the wait for July 1 continues.


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