The Brooklyn Nets aren’t playing anymore, but Kevin Durant is clearly still paying attention. On Thursday, he was ready to jump on Twitter and respond to NBA great Scottie Pippen’s criticism of his game in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, ESPN reports. Pippen offered an opinion to GQ and Durant responded with his opinion of Pippen’s opinion on Twitter.
The interview was ostensibly to promote Pippen’s new memoir and bourbon, but he got off topic and started chatting about Durant’s record in that game, which included 48 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. But they still lost in overtime when Durant stepped over the line taking a three-point shot that would otherwise have won the game.
Not only did Pippen criticize Durant’s play, he compared him to LeBron James.
“KD, as great as his offense was, it turned out to be his worst enemy because he didn’t know how to play team basketball,” Pippen said. “He kept trying to go punch for punch.”
“Have you ever seen LeBron take a shot like that?” Pippen continued. “He ain’t gonna take that shot. He’s gonna be smarter. … LeBron would have figured out how to beat them and wouldn’t have been exhausted and he may not have taken the last shot. LeBron ain’t KD, and KD ain’t LeBron.”
Durant was not gonna take that sitting down. Instead, he decided to tell Pippen where to take his media rounds and shove them:
Then he wrote about how he wants to stay out of all the “legacy” stuff:
“Mans will do anything to advance their careers in this media shit, wanting to be accepted by an industry that will dispose of you whenever they please,” he wrote. “Keep me out all that corny ass talk about whos better and legacy and all that dumb ass sh-t. I don’t even talk like that.”
That might be too much truth for a promotional interview.