Markieff Morris speaks out against Kevin Durant joining Golden State


Washington Wizards' Markieff Morris (5) drives against Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington Wizards' Markieff Morris (5) drives against Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Though he plays in the Eastern Conference for a team that didn’t make the playoffs last season, Washington forward Markieff Morris didn’t mind sharing his thoughts on back-to-back Western Conference champion Golden State adding superstar Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.

When reporters prodded the former Kansas star on the NBA’s biggest news of the offseason, Morris didn’t hold back his criticism of Durant, sharing the opinion with some fans that the former MVP didn’t need to join forces with reigning back-to-back MVP Steph Curry and the Warriors, who just won a record 73 games in the regular season.

“I don’t think it’s right,” Morris began, in a video interview captured by Kyle Weidie of, who covers the Wizards. “But it is what it is.”

As reporters tried to get more out of Morris on the move that caught the entire NBA’s attention, he obliged, following up with his judgment of the situation.

“You don’t do that, man,” Morris said of Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green forming a super-team that appears destined to win the 2017 NBA title, or at the very least earn a rematch with LeBron James' Cavaliers.

Trying to put himself in KD’s Nikes, Morris explained he didn’t understand why Durant, who just lost to Golden State in the West finals with Oklahoma City, would then join forces with the Warriors.

Morris claimed there would have been a “fire inside” him to come back and beat Golden State next season.

“But a lot of guys are different,” Morris added. “ I just didn’t expect that from Durant. I know him a little bit, and I didn’t expect that.”

Watch Morris’ comments in their entirety below.

None by Kyle Weidie


RJ King 1 year, 9 months ago

Jealous much, Marcus? The Warriors have rid themselves of thugs and bad attitudes, and replaced them with character guys. When they do stumble (Draymond Green), at least they admit that their actions were wrong, say they were a complete idiot, and apologize to the fans and their teammates. The Golden State Warriors would NEVER trade for a Morri, and Marcus knows it.

Never liked the twins, never will.

Len Shaffer 1 year, 9 months ago

I can understand your sentiments, RJ, and I don't necessarily disagree with them (especially since I'm a huge Warriors fan), but you should at least know which twin you're talking about, considering that this entire article was about Markieff, not Marcus.

RJ King 1 year, 9 months ago

Sorry, you're absolutely correct. I couldn't re-read the article and fact check since my eyeballs were still rolling around in the back of my head from the first read through. I don't like either twin, so I haven't really paid attention to which is the lesser of two evils.

Sorry to say goodbye to Brandon Rush, but happy he was able to rehab with our local team. I work in local sports television. The Warriors - even when you pull back the curtain - are nothing but a class act.

Fred Davis 1 year, 9 months ago

Markieff may be a knothead at times, and I don't expect to see him get any awards for sportsmanship anytime soon, but he was asked a question and he answered it honestly, so why is he jealous?

In fact, I'm refreshed by the fact that a fellow NBAer actually answered the question truthfully without pulling the BS PC answer. I agree wholeheartedly with Markieff, I was stunned to see Durant go to the Warriors - especially when it was his lack of big time moments that helped OKC choke away a 3-1 series lead - and then you go join that team? Disappointing as a fan of the NBA, but I get it, it's Free Agency, and he has the option to go wherever he chooses, and it was Golden State. But I don't see where hating on Markieff for merely answering a question honestly and then call him a thug and state why he'd never be a Warrior as your justification for why you don't like his answer. But hey, everyone is a Warriors fan now - so enjoy your bandwagon ride along with everyone else - which begs the question - were you riding with the Warriors when Sprewell was choking the coach? Didn't think so. Rock Chalk.

RJ King 1 year, 9 months ago

I've lived in the Bay Area for nearly 40 years. Yes, I was rooting for the Warriors (not Sprewell), to quit making bonehead drafts and trades (Joe Barry Carroll, Steven Jackson, etc) and put together a team that was classy and fun to watch. Run DMC was such a team, but obviously there have been many more frustrating, dark years. I was fortunate to attend a few games when Jo Jo White was on the team. Their recent success is a reward for all their loyal fans - myself included.

I suffered through the SF Giants 100+ losing seasons, braving extra innings at bone-chilling Candlestick Park. But I did not completely enjoy their success with the Bonds teams - just as it was more difficult to root for Kansas when they had the Morri. Lastly, I adopted the 49-ers when they were winning but two games a year - before Joe Montana was Montana. Even so, I still pull for the KC teams whenever they face a Bay Area opponent. Do you know me? Didn't think so. The last thing I am is a bandwagon fan.

You have a point, and maybe I didn't like Markeif's answer, because I just don't like Markeif. Both twins seem to have anger issues, and an "us against the world" attitude. Obviously I don't know them personally, most of us only know what we see and hear. The twins have never been accused of dishonesty. Glad they have that going for them. I understand your logic, but for me, their honesty is not enough. But hate is a strong word. Again, you really don't know me.

Eric TheCapn 1 year, 9 months ago

If you had a choice between moving to San Francisco or remaining in Oklahoma City....

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