Kevin Durant appears to defend Warriors move in lengthy online chat with fan
Kevin Durant is known to engage in online banter with fans from time to time, occasionally with unfavorable results. It would appear Durant has done so again — albeit in a much more measured manner — this time with an individual via direct message on Instagram.
The topic? Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors.
Kevin Durant really took his time to discuss with me the weakest move in NBA history. (1/8) KD still top 2 in this league. pic.twitter.com/K6IQnBDNS0
— Basilio Reyes ♛🇩🇴 (@bjaysowavy) September 4, 2018
The fan in question who supposedly had the lengthy and civil chat with Durant goes by Basilio Reyes on social media. Reyes chronicled his extended direct-message conversation with Durant on Twitter in a series of eight tweets in which screenshots and video were taken to document its authenticity.
What follows is the entire exchange, as transcribed by SB Nation.
Reyes: KD, how you sleep at nights knowing you ruined the league and your 3 rings mean nothing??? Must be tuff
KD: Nah I sleep really well at nights
Reyes: Don’t lie bruh. You joing (sic) Steph Curry. The (expletive) who beat you in the WCF. Weak ass move.
KD: I know. I still get good sleep.
Reyes: I respect your honesty
KD: You still mad?
Reyes: Win a ring by your own. You still a top 2 in the league. Im not mad. But I hated that move.
KD: Stop hating lol. It had nothing to do with u.
Reyes: Be honest, do you regret that move?
KD: Why would I?
Reyes: Cause you’re waisting (sic) your prime years winning rings that means nothing in GSW.
KD: How am I wasting anything?
Reyes: Playing in GSW next to Steph Curry.
KD: We play well together.
Reyes: You were 1 quarter away of beating him. Lebron would never do that.
KD: Yeah he did. With wade, who was a monster himself. And they played well together and became one of the best duos ever. I don’t see a problem.
Reyes: Lebron never joined the enemy.
KD: We have no enemies lol. The media created that bs. We all grew up playing with and against each other. It’s a respect, not a hate.
Reyes: But he Never joined the team that beat him.
KD: My Pride doesn’t get in the way of my development.
Reyes: You chose the easy route I guess.
KD: Nothing this good is ever easy.
Reyes: Tell me one challenge you’ve had playing in GSW. It’s all easy over there.
KD: What’s easy?
Reyes: Man Warriors have the West All Stars in the starting lineup.
KD: Boogie hasn’t played a minute with us yet. Calm down.
Reyes: Well. So you have 4 of the West All Star. You want Lebron?
KD: He’s good in LA.
Reyes: I could play the 5 and yall winning by 30.
KD: We losing by 30 with u in the lineup. Who can you guard in the nba?
Reyes: I can definitely guard Zaza Pachulia.
KD: Hell no.
Reyes: You won two rings with the cat.
KD: I know. The league is better than its ever been.
KD: More people watch than ever before. It’s never been this popular. U upset we beat the Cavs 2 years in a row?
Reyes: Yes, I’m upset. People were watching how Lebron dominated yall these 2 years. You can’t beat Lebron by yourself.
KD: The game isn’t played 1 on 1.
Reyes: It’s not like that. But you know what I mean. You needed to join force with a 73-9 and MVP to beat him.
KD: Not true. Kyrie, kevin love, jr smith, iman shumpert, Tristan Thompson, Richard Jefferson. They are champions too, who contributed and made an impact. It’s a team game.
Reyes: Steph is an mvp but lets say = kyrie. Klay >>>> JR. Lebron = KD. Green >>> Love, love is isconsistent AF and can’t even defend my grandpa. TT getting outrebounded by Curry says a lot. That wasn’t the same 2k16 TT. Jefferson washed. Kerr >>>>>>>>>>>>> Lue. It’s not even a discussion.
KD: That’s all opinion, they are good players nonetheless. That’s why they are champions lol.
Reyes: I know Lebron could beat that team without you. You came to save Curry’s ass. That’s why they are champs. Cause the team beat the 73-9 Warriors without you.
KD: They had a great team. I hate when other people take away from the other guys, they were tough.
Reyes: They were, but you can do anything when a 73-9 team added an MVP caliber player. Wish Draymond never hit you from the parking lot.
It cannot be said for certain that Durant himself was behind the exchanges with the fan, although it’s a reasonable to assume it was in fact Durant, given his history in engaging in such antics.
All that said, there is certainly much to unpack from the exchange. But even Reyes himself tweeted out praise to Durant for actively engaging him on an issue the two did not see eye-to-eye on.
It’s not photoshopped. I respect and appreciate how he took his time to reply me. I hated so much his weak decision but I respect him as a top player in the league. Someday KD will earn some rings being the leading man in a team. pic.twitter.com/9k6a8duhmq
— Basilio Reyes (@bjaysowavy) September 4, 2018
Given Durant’s history of conducting himself in an untoward manner on social media, the conversation could have gone much, much worse.