Brooklyn Nets superstar small forward Kevin Durant was the talk of the NBA world on Monday after his dominant performance against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The two-time champion scored 32 points while shooting 12-of-18 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the Nets’ 39-point win over the Bucks.
NBA pundits on seemingly every sports network raved about Durant’s stellar outing. However, one analyst irked the 2007-08 Rookie of the Year by making up a fake story and quote involving him and Antetokounmpo.
Jay Williams claims Kevin Durant was upset by comparisons to Giannis Antetokounmpo
ESPN NBA analyst Jay Williams is close friends with Durant. The former Duke star worked with the 11-time All-Star on the Boardroom show, part of KD’s Thirty Five Ventures multi-media platform.
On Tuesday’s edition of the KJZ show on ESPN, Williams told the story of when Durant came up to him at a club a few years ago and told him never to compare him and Antetokounmpo again. The former Golden State Warriors swingman was apparently upset when Williams said the Bucks forward was similar to him and Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis.
Social media was buzzing after Williams’ clip went viral since it looked like Durant took offense being compared to Antetokounmpo, who isn’t the offensive weapon KD is. However, the former Oklahoma City Thunder wing — who is very active on all social media platforms — fired back at Williams’ story.
Kevin Durant destroys Jay Williams for lying
Durant took to Twitter to react to Williams’ story, saying that the ESPN analyst is lying about the Antetokounmpo quote. The four-time scoring champion also replied to a post on Instagram by saying, “This a fu**in lie.”
It’s unclear why Williams would make up a story of this magnitude. Although Antetokounmpo is a two-time MVP and one of the top players in the NBA, it’s clear he lacks the shooting and scoring skills Durant has in his repertoire and isn’t on KD’s level. Williams had no reason to put words in Durant’s mouth, especially when another star is involved.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if Durant and Williams’ relationship is the same after this incident. This situation is just another example of why players have a hard time trusting media members, although Williams is a former player and should have known better.
The Nets look like they’re going to cruise to the championship
With Durant and Kyrie Irving leading the way, the Nets look unbeatable. Even though James Harden is out with a hamstring injury, KD and Uncle Drew have enough help around them to cruise to the title, especially if Blake Griffin continues his strong play.
The Nets have lost just once in the 2021 playoffs. Although it’s unknown when Harden will return to the court, Durant and Irving are clicking on all cylinders and look primed to win the 2021 championship. Their ability to shoot from anywhere on the court over any defender makes it nearly impossible to stop them.
Assuming the Nets take care of the Bucks, they’ll face either the Philadelphia 76ers or Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals. There’s no need to rush Harden back since Durant and Irving are more than capable of handling the scoring burden.
It would be incredible to watch Durant win his third championship in his first season back from that devastating Achilles injury he suffered in Game 5 of the 2019 Finals. The 2013-14 MVP is once again showing that he has a strong case for being the most gifted scorer in NBA history due to his tall stature, elite shooting skills, and guard-like handles.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.