Kevin Durant has had a busy summer — requesting a trade, fixing his issues with the Brooklyn Nets management, and logging in on Twitter to argue with fans and former NBA players in his free time.
Despite things settling down in Brooklyn (at least for now), Durant is still very much active on Twitter, going back and forth with people who have been criticizing him and his team daily. His recent target? Former NBA player Olden Polynice.
Polynice's negligence started it.
It all started because Polynice fell for a fake quote by a Twitter account called (@Ballsack Sports) that surfaced on social media last week. Ballsack Sports, a troll account on Twitter, sent out a tweet about how Kyrie Irving and Nets head coach Steve Nash got into an incident because the former told the coach to show him the MVP award he shouldn't have won over Kobe Bryant in 2006.
Polynice assumed it was an accurate report, so he addressed it in his appearance on "The Odd Couple" podcast hosted by Fox Sports analyst Chris Brousard and Rob Parker.
Durant heard about Polynice's mistake and decided to tweet against the former Seattle SuperSonics player. The 8th pick in the 1987 draft then tried to double down on his mistake instead of admitting that he was sacked (a term used on NBA Twitter when users fall for a BallSack Sports quote), which Durant then called him out for.
"There was no truth in what u said. U have no impact on anything Olden. Enjoy retirement lol," Durant casually tweeted in response to Polynice.
The reality we live in
While this story may not be the most crucial one in the offseason, there's still a whole lot to unpack here just because it reflects the society we live in today. Many people, including former NBA players like Polynice, fall for fake news these days and, unfortunately, shared the same story on a bigger platform without validating whether or not it's true.
It's only fitting that Durant called Polynice out for this, but the latter could've at least been better by admitting he was wrong — especially since "The Odd Couple" podcast is a famous platform NBA fans turn to for credible takes and analysis.
Instead, both Polynice and Durant got into a Twitter argument, and this time, it's fair to say that the Nets superstar had every right to address the issue on social media. After all, this industry has no room for misinformation, especially regarding crucial issues like what the Brooklyn Nets dealt with all summer.