Kevin Durant no longer plays for the Golden State Warriors, but there seems to be some leftover drama from his time in the Bay Area. In fact, author and former Bleacher Report editor Matt Sullivan recently reported in his book, Can’t Knock the Hustle, that Warriors coach Steve Kerr was critical of Durant’s Twitter habits in the past. This led to a response from Durant … on Twitter.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was reportedly critical of Kevin Durant’s Twitter habits
Durant is infamously known for his habits on Twitter. He’s not afraid to get into debates with fans on the app, and he has even had burner accounts.
While talking about his book, Can’t Knock the Hustle, on The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz, Sullivan recently said he talked to Kerr about Durant’s Twitter presence. (He originally said Steve Nash on first reference, but given the details he shared and the fact he later said Kerr, it’s reasonable to assume he meant Kerr.)
“He said he took KD out for a drink when he was just kind of sick of KD being up in his DMs, the burner accounts, and all that,” Sullivan said on the July 2 episode. “He takes him out, he kind of prepares the lesson, and he says to KD, ‘You know what I respect about LeBron? I respect that when he got to Miami, he got sick of the narrative, sick of the haters, all the talk, so you know what he did? … LeBron just said f— it, and then he was great again. Same with Michael, with Kobe, all the greats.’”
Sullivan essentially said Kerr’s lesson somewhat worked. The Warriors won two consecutive titles in 2016-17 and 2017-18, but the coach still reportedly tried to get Durant to quit looking at his phone all the time during the years KD played for him.
“[He tried to get him] to stop beefing with Draymond, to then beefing with kids on Twitter, and he said, ‘I tried but I failed,’” Sullivan said. “(Kerr said) ‘I could see the strain on his face every day, especially that third year, just all day, but it was really he was staring into that phone all the time.’ So, he can’t get over this. … He’s out here having GOAT top five debates and making sure he’s in that conversation. So, I don’t think he’s really changed since the Bay, and the only difference is that Brooklyn lets him be him and doesn’t get in his face about it like Kerr did.”
Kevin Durant clapped back at his former Warriors coach on Twitter
Durant recently saw Kerr’s comments on Twitter, and, as expected, he had to respond.
“I don’t see a problem with me interacting with basketball fans, it should be encouraged,” he tweeted. “Steve should’ve also said that I’m never late and I work through every rep in practice with game speed. That should be more interesting than what I do on Twitter.”
Sullivan, however, responded to Durant.
“Have you read my book? Steve said EXACTLY that: on the court, you couldn’t have handled the backlash any better,” Sullivan tweeted. “Everything you do is WAY more interesting than tweets, which is why they’re in three paragraphs out of 311 pages. Books, as opposed to Twitter, are all about context.”
Durant is no longer playing this year, as the Brooklyn Nets lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but he is still creating some spicy storylines.
Hopefully, though, he and Kerr can smooth things over soon.
Steve Kerr and KD will reunite on Team USA
Despite the fact Durant is no longer on the Warriors, he and Kerr will reunite this summer when Durant plays for Team USA in the Olympics. Kerr is an assistant for the team under coach Greg Popovich. Durant’s former Warriors teammate Draymond Green will also be there.
“It’s gonna be a lot of first-time guys, so the experience is gonna be new to a lot of guys,” Durant said in June on the Out of Office podcast, per NBC Sports. “But Steve been there, Draymond been there, I been there and we worked together already. And it’s gonna be fun just doing work with them again.”
He continued: “We went through a lot, we experienced a lot, we learned a lot together. That should be fun.”
Hopefully, the recent drama doesn’t carry over to Team USA, and Durant can get back to being excited about working with Kerr again. But as Durant has proven time and time again: He will ball no matter what.