Steph Curry and Kevin Durant might be on the same basketball team but they’re not rooting for the same sneaker brand. After Durant took a stab at Under Armour in Bill Simmons’ podcast last month, Curry decided to defend his sneaker brand in a new interview with the Charlotte Observer.
“I think a lot of kids, to be honest, they don’t choose [the University of] Maryland unless they play in an Under Armour system coming up,” Durant, who’s from Maryland but went to University of Texas, said on the podcast. “Shoe companies have a real, real big influence on where these kids go. Nobody wants to play in Under Armours, I’m sorry. The top kids don’t, because they all play Nike … The kids that play that grew up in the Under Armour system, they go to Maryland.”
“I told [Durant] that he has a certain opinion based on his experience growing up in the Nike business,” Curry said. “What that means when it comes to the competition among shoe brands and universities and the whole grassroots system and whatnot—he’s entitled to that opinion obviously… But when it comes to what I’m trying to do with Under Armour, and what the Curry brand means and what Under Armour basketball means, that statement does not ring true at all.”
“Where we were four years ago, and where we are now—you can’t tell me nobody wants to wear our shoes. I know for a fact that they do.”
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