Kevin Durant cannot keep his name out of the news these days. It’s one thing that he’s part of an ongoing trade saga with the Brooklyn Nets, but he’s also regularly been going at it with fans on Twitter in the process. And Durant went on an all-encompassing Twitter tirade this morning that caught the attention of NBA fans everywhere.
Durant fires back at a Twitter user who claims he ruined the NBA
The ordeal started this morning when Durant fired back at a Twitter user who claimed Durant ruined the NBA. The user said he believes that Durant has left the NBA in a worse spot than when he entered it, likely due to his frequent team-hopping, a trend that the rest of the NBA has taken up.
Durant provided a simple response to the comment, simply asking how he was the one who ruined the NBA. Durant is only one player, and it seems unlikely that the league would shift drastically because of the decision one player makes. But Durant is that good, so it is a fair point to suggest that he could single-handedly implement a trend into the NBA.
Durant also took aim at users who claimed he tainted his legacy
Things didn’t stop here, as many fans took the time to lay out why they believe Durant ruined the NBA. Most of the replies centered around Durant’s decision to change teams frequently, or team hop, as other folks eloquently put it. Durant has been on the move since he left the Oklahoma City Thunder, joining the Golden State Warriors and Nets in free agency before demanding a trade out of Brooklyn this offseason.
While many fans appear to have an issue with Durant’s team-hopping, Durant didn’t seem phased. Instead, Durant believes that his legacy is stronger than ever as he prepares to leave the Nets and that the fans are welcome to have their own perspective on his legacy, so long as he can have his own. Here are a few tweets from Durant’s exchanges with fans this morning.
Making sense of Durant’s latest Twitter tirade
Durant has been known to hop on Twitter and dish it with his detractors throughout his career, but he’s taken it to a new level this offseason. As more fans become vocal with their disliking of Durant due to his trade request out of Brooklyn, Durant has become less and less afraid to hop on Twitter and let his haters know how he feels.
It’s interesting to see Durant acknowledge that his legacy may be in question due to his decision to team up with stars during his tenure in Golden State and Brooklyn. But Durant doesn’t seem to care. As referenced in one of the above tweets, Durant believes that his legacy has never been more solid.
It’s also worth noting that Durant is right to believe it’s a stretch that he alone ruined the NBA. Durant isn’t the first player to openly look to team up with star players, and he won’t be the last either. Durant likes to control where he plays, and given that NBA players have the most control over where they play than athletes in any other sports league, he takes full advantage of that.
Durant’s tirade is fascinating but isn’t outrageous like some of his other Twitter outbursts have been. As he waits for the Nets to trade him, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Durant continue to go at it with his haters on Twitter, as he has done so frequently this offseason.