Ever since he left the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 to sign with the Golden State Warriors, Durant has been mocked on social media for joining the team that beat him in the 2016 Western Conference Finals and won 73 games without him. Despite being on the Nets now, the two-time Finals MVP still gets attacked for his decision to join the Warriors and regularly fires back at his critics. He even uses a few burner accounts to defend himself.
Even though Durant has several haters, he is one of the most popular players in the league since fans can relate to him. Despite being a millionaire and one of the greatest players of all time, the 11-time All-Star likes to use social media like everyone else, and many fans appreciate that since most of the stars in the NBA are private.
Social media use, though, isn’t the only thing the general public has in common with Durant. In fact, an author claims that the Nets superstar smokes weed, an activity many people do since several states allow recreational weed use and medical marijuana.
Kevin Durant smokes ‘even more weed than you would think’
Matt Sullivan, who appeared on The Dan Le Batard Show to promote his new book chronicling the Nets’ superteam, said Durant “smokes even more weed than you would think.” The NBA got rid of weed testing for the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 tests players had to take.
“He smokes even more weed than you would think,” Sullivan said, via audacy.com. “I was at his house at one o’clock in the morning. The entire place just reeks. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. He doesn’t go on crazy vacations. He doesn’t do anything other than hoop. Like nothing. He’s boring as hell. So going out to him is just blazing.”
Durant has served on the advisory board of Canopy Rivers — a marijuana investment and acquisition firm based in Canada — since 2019. It will be fascinating, though, to see if the two-time champion responds to Sullivan’s claim since he may not want people to know he smokes weed even though it’s legal in so many states.
If Durant does smoke weed, he probably will have to limit his usage this summer since he will be on Team USA.
Kevin Durant can’t have weed in his system for Tokyo Olympics
Durant will play in the Tokyo Olympics for Team USA. As a result, he can’t have weed in his system since the Olympic committee doesn’t allow athletes to smoke.
USA track runner Sha’Carri Richardson won’t run in the 100-meter dash after testing positive for weed. She said she smoked after learning from a reporter that her biological mother died. The 21-year-old has received support from several athletes from various sports, as people don’t believe Richardson should have been disqualified from the 100-meter dash just because she smoked weed.
If Durant does smoke weed, the smoking clearly doesn’t impact the future Hall of Famer’s basketball ability. He averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists during the 2020-21 regular season while shooting an efficient 53.7% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc.
Several NBA players likely smoke weed
In 2018, former NBA star Kenyon Martin estimated that about 85% of NBA players smoke weed. Durant’s former Warriors teammate, Matt Barnes, has admitted several times that he smoked before and after games when he was in the league from 2003-04 to 2016-17.
It’s unknown if the NBA will continue not to test for weed during the 2021-22 season. It’s safe to assume many players are hopeful that’s the case. Weed can help athletes recover from injuries and deal with stress and anxiety.
Durant is one of the most active players on social media. This year, he spent his fourth of July responding to fans who bashed him for signing with the Warriors on July 4, 2016. With that said, keep an eye out on his social media pages to see if he responds to Sullivan’s claim that he smokes a lot of weed because he probably saw the interview and quote.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.