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"He didn't like playing for Billy Donovan" — a look back at Kevin Durant's burner account

Tweeting from his burner account, Kevin Durant defended his co-star, and threw his coach under the bus. Sounds familiar?
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Kevin Durant

Apart from his stature as one of the best offensive gunners in the league, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant also has a reputation for clapping back at his haters. Given KD was never shy to do that, everyone was caught off guard when KD forgot to switch between his burner account and his real one. And it made for one hilarious and historic series of tweets.

Burner account

Haters hounded Durant right after his decision to join the powerhouse Golden State Warriors squad. He could’ve just ignored the noise and lived on with his life. When he suddenly clapped back in the third person, fans immediately suspected he had a burner account.

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Note that Durant sent out those tweets in 2017, a few weeks before his second season with the Warriors. KD already had one title in the bag but was still fending off haters left and right. The fact that he was still concerned with the noise made people believe that he wasn’t truly at peace with his decision to leave OKC to chase a title. Perhaps Durant knew deep inside that he was about to tarnish his legacy, but when on with it anyway, as he didn’t want to go down as one of those greats without a ring.

The interesting thing about Durant’s tweet is that he didn’t believe the Oklahoma City Thunder could win a title. Before he left for the Bay, the Thunder faced the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Yes, they blew a 3-1 lead. But they were literally one game away from making it to the NBA Finals. This was still a great indication that the team could play at the upper echelons.

Consistent behavior

Perhaps Durant saw something in Billy Donovan or the Thunder organization that he didn’t like. Fans don’t know what happens behind the curtains. But then again, after he left the Warriors, Durant also clapped back at Steve Kerr’s system. Before the 2022-23 NBA season kicked off, he wanted Steve Nash booted out.

So it would be interesting to see how things will develop in Brooklyn. The Nets are eyeing Ime Udoka, another controversial figure, as their next head coach. The man proved his chops last season when he led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals. Could he finally be the coach Durant's been looking for his whole career? Maybe we will find out. 

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