Kevin Durant’s Twitter game is better than his jumper

We live in a day and age where it’s almost impossible to use social media without having one side or another say you’re using it improperly. Some are too “perfect” on social media and get absolutely abused anytime they post something, like JJ Watt for example, when it sounds like he’s taking the words of his tweets from an inspirational poster you find in the hallways of a public elementary school.

Then there are fans that complain players need to act like a professional, like when players talk about coaches or contracts on social media, or when Draymond Green puts a dick pic on his snap story. Some things you should keep behind closed doors. Amidst it all, there is one athlete who is the perfect person to follow on Twitter, and that is Kevin Durant.

Many people complain about athletes over-using Twitter or becoming a lame follow because they do things like go “Zero Dark 23” or perform dance routines during their workouts. It’s a fair thing to target because fans want athletes to be themselves on social media, for the most part.

Putting up a picture of yourself with a lion for motivation and staying off Twitter because “it’s a distraction” while going on your wife’s Twitter the entire time isn’t be true to yourself. It’s one thing that Durant does, as he toes the line between what’s too far and acting like himself on a public platform.

Take this tweet targeting ESPN for example. When the World Wide Leader in Sports decided to lift up the faces of NFL athletes and have men dress up and try to purchase them during an auction, that felt a little bit too southern 1860ish for athletes everywhere. Some athletes would voice their displeasure when asked, while others would straight up call them a bum ass for running out of ideas. You can appreciate the true feelings that come from that tweet, because people who don’t have millions upon millions of followers were likely thinking the same thing.

You don’t have to go far to find athletes like that. You can probably just sit back and wait for someone like Richard Sherman to go absolutely nuts on ESPN for things like this, but that’s not where Durant’s uniqueness ends. It’s where it begins. No matter who you are or what is said to him, he will have absolutely no problem calling someone out.

Doesn’t matter if you’re an internet troll or a teacher trying to pass on a lesson to your kids about trying your hardest by trying to make a popular culture reference, KD will come at you and he will come for blood. They don’t call him the Slim Reaper because it’s catchy. He’ll come at you and come for your job for questioning who he is and what he’s doing. If only we lived in a world where Durant dished out sentencing on crimes. “Oh, you think it’s funny to bring up my name to your kids about how I gave in and joined the team who just beat me? Hopefully you can teach prison inmates a thing or two during your life sentence you hack.”

His lack of a filter is something that’s almost charming. Everything is touched up or going through three levels of bullsh-t in order to bring up the most politicly correct answer to the public about your opinion. Not with Durant. If your opinion involves him in any way, shape, or form and you come across his path, he’ll gun at you. Just like he did with former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry when she decided to comment on Durant’s decision not to show up at the White House.

It doesn’t even matter if you @ him or not. He’s like the eye of Sauron in “Lord of the Rings.” Mentioning his name or even referencing him at all on Twitter is like putting on that ring. He’ll see you, and he’ll have no problem in the world calling you out.

It’s not easy to be transparent on Twitter if you’re an athlete. Everything you’ve ever done or said is under a microscope and every Twitter egg from Russia to Maine and everywhere in between will bring up that one rumor surrounding you from a decade ago. Athletes do their best to ignore those trolls who live under a bridge and attack them on social media. Instead, Durant addresses them.

Every athlete deals with this sh-t, but few deal with the insane amount of hate and criticism as Durant does as he has the strangest legacy in sports. Ever since he left the Thunder in order to join the Warriors, every single person who goes after Durant thinks they’re the most creative person that ever created a Twitter account. Most times they lob the same “you left to join the best team in the league” remark at him while differentiating with the pitch and the amount of characters they use, and Durant still answers them.

 

 

It takes a big man to ignore the hate thrown his way. It takes a much more skilled man to take that hate and spit it right back at the person in order to entertain your 16.7 million followers while simultaneously letting them know you don’t fuck around. It’s like an art. It’s like watching DiVinchi paint.

Players’ tweets and who they engage with on Twitter are stories within themselves. If Durant has a good enough tweet, you’ll see it 45,000 times on Sports Center throughout the day no matter who he’s talking to or what he’s talking about. It’s free content, and Durant provides the best of it. The man squashes trolls, addresses the media regarding himself, and has even gotten into a pretty solid LeBron debate with rapper Lil Dicky.

If taking on everybody from each corner of the internet wasn’t enough, engaging with the guy who came up with “$ave Dat Money” in an elaborate basketball conversation puts him on his own level.

So do yourself a favor and follow Kevin Durant on Twitter. Then sit back, relax, and for the love of God, stay the fu-k out of his mentions.