The Brooklyn Nets were swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics, and ever since then, Kevin Durant has utilized some of his free time to respond to trolls, fans, and sports commentators on Twitter, with his most recent spat involving a Los Angeles Lakers legend.
Durant has been on a roll lately, voicing his opinion on a segment from ESPN’s ‘First Take’, defending himself against Draymond Green who said Steph Curry was double-teamed more than he was in the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals and commenting on the playoffs.
It seems like Durant has finally had enough of everyone talking about him and is now using social media to clear up remarks that he feels are misconceptions about him and takes that are completely wrong.
I am all for Durant clearing up his name because it leads to debates between him and some of his followers. His recent response definitely started an interesting conversation, it involved a Tweet referencing Kobe Bryant.
Durant believes Pau Gasol joining the Lakers was the difference in Kobe’s game
The brief back and forth started when this Twitter user Tweeted that Durant approaches the game as an individual, rather than a leader.
The user then doubled down on his remarks but also referenced Bryant’s performance in 2005-06 and 2008-09. In 2005-06 Bryant averaged 35.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. He made his eighth All-Star appearance and he set the Lakers record for the most 40+ point games in a single season, with 27. Individually Bryant was on fire, but team-wise they finished seventh in the western conference and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
The comment that Bryant “imprinted his personality on every game” in the 2008-09 season by the user prompted Durant to respond and state that Pau Gasol joining the team was the difference between the two seasons.
There is no reason to not believe Durant, he actually knows Bryant. Also, facts don’t lie. Before Gasol joined the team Bryant was racking up a lot of individual accolades, and he had won three consecutive NBA Championships, with the help of Shaq.
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But post the Kobe-Shaq era, Bryant did not win another ring until Gasol joined the team in 2008. With the addition of Gasol, the Lakers went to three straight NBA Finals and won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.