Marcus Morris Responds To Kevin Durant: ‘I Just Was Never A Fan Of Doing What’s Cool’

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Marcus Morris says he’s cool with Kevin Durant, just not cool with his comments about the Knicks being uncool.

“For me personally, just from reading what KD said or listening to what he said about the cool thing to do, I just never was a real fan of that, being cool to play in the NBA,” Morris said Friday before putting up 21 points and six rebounds in a 115-99 loss to Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. “Me personally, I feel like it’s a blessing.

“I get what he’s saying and I actually have a good relationship with KD but the cool part about playing somewhere. You play in all cities. Utah, is it cool to play in Utah? It’s cool to play in other places. It’s cool. I just was never a fan of the cool thing, making decisions off what’s cool.”

Durant, of course, spurned the Knicks in free agency and signed a four-year, $164-million deal with the rival Nets.

This past week he said the Knicks weren’t the cool team to sign with in part because younger people have never seen the Knicks win. The team has won one playoff series since 2000.

"I think a lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these younger players who, in their lifetime, don't remember the Knicks being good,” he said. “I didn't grow up with the Knicks. I've seen the Knicks in the Finals, but kids coming up after me didn't see that. So that whole brand of the Knicks to them is not as cool as, let's say, the Golden State Warriors or even the Lakers or the Nets now.

“The cool thing right now is not the Knicks,” Durant said in a radio interview on HOT97.

Julius Randle, who signed a three-year, $63 million deal in free agency with the Knicks, also defended his new team this week.

"S—t, I feel cool in blue and orange," Randle told reporters on Wednesday. "I don't know about everybody else but I feel pretty cool wearing my Knicks gear every day. It's a dream come true for me. Everybody has their own opinion."

Morris, who signed a one-year, $15-million deal with the Knicks after reneging on a verbal agreement with the Spurs, said he was looking forward to representing the Knicks in his first preseason home game.

“For sure, anytime we ever played in the Garden, whether it was preseason or regular season, it always meant something,” he said. “Just to be out there with the guys and building for what we want to do in the regular season.”

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Marcus Morris says he’s cool with Kevin Durant, just not cool with his comments about the Knicks being uncool.

“For me personally, just from reading what KD said or listening to what he said about the cool thing to do, I just never was a real fan of that, being cool to play in the NBA,” Morris said Friday before putting up 21 points and six rebounds in a 115-99 loss to Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. “Me personally, I feel like it’s a blessing.

“I get what he’s saying and I actually have a good relationship with KD but the cool part about playing somewhere. You play in all cities. Utah, is it cool to play in Utah? It’s cool to play in other places. It’s cool. I just was never a fan of the cool thing, making decisions off what’s cool.”

Durant, of course, spurned the Knicks in free agency and signed a four-year, $164-million deal with the rival Nets.

This past week he said the Knicks weren’t the cool team to sign with in part because younger people have never seen the Knicks win. The team has won one playoff series since 2000.

"I think a lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these younger players who, in their lifetime, don't remember the Knicks being good,” he said. “I didn't grow up with the Knicks. I've seen the Knicks in the Finals, but kids coming up after me didn't see that. So that whole brand of the Knicks to them is not as cool as, let's say, the Golden State Warriors or even the Lakers or the Nets now.

“The cool thing right now is not the Knicks,” Durant said in a radio interview on HOT97.

Julius Randle, who signed a three-year, $63 million deal in free agency with the Knicks, also defended his new team this week.

"S—t, I feel cool in blue and orange," Randle told reporters on Wednesday. "I don't know about everybody else but I feel pretty cool wearing my Knicks gear every day. It's a dream come true for me. Everybody has their own opinion."

Morris, who signed a one-year, $15-million deal with the Knicks after reneging on a verbal agreement with the Spurs, said he was looking forward to representing the Knicks in his first preseason home game.

“For sure, anytime we ever played in the Garden, whether it was preseason or regular season, it always meant something,” he said. “Just to be out there with the guys and building for what we want to do in the regular season.”

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