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Durant Drama: Stephen A. Smith’s Claims and Social Media Reaction

Apr 26, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) looks on against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half of game three of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

TV personality Stephen A. Smith recently asserted that Kevin Durant is the source of problems in Phoenix, stating, “But they say, Kevin Durant is never happy. They say that he went more than a month without even talking to the head coach. They say that he doesn’t look happy there. And all he wants to do is play when the game starts and tip off time arrives. But when it comes to ingratiate yourself with your teammates and getting along with everybody and stuff like that, he just lives in his own world.”

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These remarks followed Smith’s claim a week earlier that Devin Booker desires to join the New York Knicks, a notion swiftly dismissed as baseless.

While Durant has largely remained silent amidst the persistent negative chatter surrounding the Suns’ stars on social media this offseason, as anticipated following their playoff sweep by the Timberwolves, KD finally reacted to the recent assertions by liking some posts on X.

The initial post that caught KD’s attention originated from a Suns’ fan account, urging Durant to address Stephen A. Smith’s claims.

Durant initially liked a tweet that stated, “Consider the damn source, Stephen A and KD have gone back and forth since KD entered the league, also Stephen A is the same guy that said Book wanted to be traded no less than a week ago, stop it! KD doesn’t owe any of us an explanation or need to respond to Stephen As BS.”

He followed this up with several more likes:

Coming to Durant’s defense, ESPN insider Brian Windhorst discussed trade rumors on the Pat McAfee Show, noting that he has not “heard anything in a legitimate” regarding rumors suggesting Durant could be heading to Miami this offseason.

Durant averaged over 27 points per game last year with the Suns, leading the team in scoring.

 

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