Kevin Durant has been in the spotlight often over the past year. His highly-anticipated free agency was under a tight microscope as he tried to lead the Golden State Warriors to their third consecutive NBA Finals title. He was unable to accomplish the latter after tearing his Achilles in Game 5, and shocked the NBA world by signing with the Brooklyn Nets weeks later.
As Durant celebrates his 31st birthday on Sunday, he likely won’t see the court again until his 32nd birthday as he rehabs from his Achilles tear.
However, Durant may still be active on social media, where he has engaged with plenty of fans, media and fellow players. Here are some of his more infamous social media moments:
KD vs. Chris Broussard
In May 2019, Durant got into a days-long Twitter beef with FOX Sports analyst Chris Broussard. It stemmed after Broussard had said if the Warriors won a title without an injured Durant, it would diminish his legacy. Durant took exception and then things got unusual. Broussard said he has a good relationship with Durant and the two have texted in the past. Durant called him out for not having his number, while Broussard responded saying the communicate through social media. It was perhaps one of the more unusual Twitter feuds between an athlete and media.
KD vs. CJ
Durant had appeared on Trail Blazers forward CJ McCollum’s podcast where the two light-heartedly spoke about the criticism of Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors. Things weren’t so light-hearted on Twitter. McCollum responded to a host of Barstool Sports’ satirical “Pardon My Take” podcast that Durant was “soft” for leaving Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors. Durant replied, calling McCollum a snake in the grass. McCollum attempted to diffuse the situation saying he won’t speak on KD and the Warriors any more out of respect and having tweets being taken out of context.
KD vs. Teenager
In Instagram account called “bucketscenter” posted that Durant was one of three “elite” players who do not elevate his team the way Stephen Curry and LeBron James do. Durant responded in the comments of the account, which was run by a 17-year-old, and then it escalated into an exchange of DMs. The teenager posted screenshots of the DMs, which included Durant calling the kid a “knockoff Stephen A. [Smith].”
Based God's Curse
California rapper Lil’ B, aka The Based God, began his “Based God’s Curse” back in 2011 when Durant tweeted he was not a fan of Lil’ B’s music. Lil’ B then “cursed” Durant by saying he will never win a championship for disliking his music. Durant lost the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat the following year, but Lil’ B decided to lift the curse when Durant joined the 73-win Warriors team. He won the NBA Finals the next two years with Golden State.
The Burner Account
Arguably his most egregious social media mistake, Durant was exposed to having a burner account to respond to trolls on Twitter. One fan tweeted at Durant for a legitimate reason for leaving Oklahoma City and Durant replied, but he did so by referring to himself in the third-person — a dead giveaway that he meant to reply from another account pretending to be someone else. Durant confirmed he had a burner account, apologized for his error in judgement and said he was embarrassed by the incident. His rationale for forgetting to switch accounts was peculiar, though, telling GQ it was because he was sleepy.