Throwing shade on his former team, NBA star Kevin Durant made comments on Twitter that raised some eyebrows and brought up old wounds. Replying to a social media user who asked Durant why he’d left the Oklahoma City Thunder team to join the Golden State Warriors, Durant said that he’d been unable to “win” on his old team.
According to Durant, he’s been dealing with “haters” and “trolls” since he decided to leave Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC) to join the Warriors last summer, with whom he just won a championship.
In tweets that have since been deleted, but were captured by others (see below), Durant answered a fan about why he left.
The fan wrote: “Man, I respect the he** out of you but give me one legitimate reason for leaving OKC other than getting a championship.”
Durant tweeted back but in a third-person voice: “He didn’t like the organization, or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and Russ [Westbrook].”
“Imagine taking Russ off that team, see how bad they were. KD [Kevin Durant] can’t win with those cats,” Durant said in another tweet.
Durant was referring to Billy Donovan, OKC’s head coach, and Russell Westbrook, who is still with the Thunders, having won the 2017 NBA’s Most Valuable Player award. Westbrook and Durant reportedly don’t communicate since his departure from the team.
On Tuesday, Durant acknowledged that he was the one who wrote the comments — under a separate account from his official account — when he spoke at a technology conference in San Francisco (video below).
“I use Twitter to engage with fans,” Durant said. “I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little too far.”
As for singling out his ex-teammates and coach, Durant said, “I do regret using my former coach’s name and the former organization I played for. That was childish. That was idiotic … all those type of words. I apologize for that.”
Social media users were left wondering if he had other, private social media accounts used to share his opinions anonymously. Durant denied he had other accounts, but admitted, “It did kind of look that way.”
KD has secret accounts that he uses to defend himself and forgot to switch to them when he was replying to this guy I’m actually speechless pic.twitter.com/9245gnpa3c
— 🐗 1-1 / ✭ 1-1 (@harrisonmc15) September 18, 2017
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) September 19, 2017
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