A Timeline of Kevin Durant's Most Epic Twitter Moments

NBA superstar Kevin Durant just can't help himself. He loves Twitter and has raised a plenty of eyebrows over the years with his tweets and social media antics.

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Kevin Durant always manages to stay in the news. In fact, he’s been a constant in headlines this year.

There was the positive COVID test, leading Drake into social isolation (yeah, that happened). There was the news of Durantula’s petty feud with a Warriors beat writer, not to mention his far-more-personal beef with Kendrick Perkins. Oh, and the noise about whether he might actually return this season (he won’t).

When you’re a major NBA star, you don’t just fall off the face of the earth even when you’re out with injury. People will still write about you. But Durant also clearly enjoys the attention. 

The latest reason we’re talking about him? He got back on Twitter, chirping at everyone.

This man just can’t help himself. IM ME, I DO ME, AND I CHILL. Except on Twitter. He has no chill there.

KD has a long history of inciting sports news ‘moments’ through his activity on the social platform. Let’s trace that history.

April 2021: KD vs. ‘Drunk Uncle’ Shannon Sharpe

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Always down to defend himself, as you’re well aware by now, Durant clapped back at Undisupted host Shannon Sharpe after the Pro Football Hall of Famer ranted about a fake quote attributed to KD on the FS1 morning debate show. 

Sharpe criticized Durant for a saying a bunch of words about LeBron James and ring chasing that was debunked as completely false months prior. Somehow the TV provocator latched onto the fugazi statement and Durant wasn’t having it. 

Pointing out Durant’s past history of using burner accounts to sub various individuals and teams around the NBA—in what many would interpret as Sharpe defending himself and justifying attributing the fake quote to KD—that, shockingly, did not go over well with Durant. The two-time NBA champ critcized Sharpe for refusing to respond on Twitter. Then this happened:

It’s an absurd headline, but that really happened

This drama kind of came out of nowhere, like most Twitter storms. Rapaport, the ubiquitous media personality, exposed some heated DM exchanges between himself and Durant in late March. 

Durant tried to play it off like it was friendly banter between pals, but Rapaport was clearly offended and blasted KD as the feud moved to Twitter.

No we don’t Pussy!
Don’t ever threaten me again or speak on my Wife ever. Bald Head Rotten Ass Worm https://t.co/dZEyTAS8i7

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) March 30, 2021

KD was asked about the exchange during a press conference and apologized for it becoming public.

“I’m sorry that people seen that language I used, that’s not really what I want people to see and hear from me… but hopefully I can move past it and get back out on the floor,” Durant said.

Rappaport expressed regret over the entire saga. 

August 2020: Follows critic’s girlfriend

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KD went on a 24-hour Twitter bender. He responded to critics, telling one that he joined the Warriors “just to piss people like u off.”

Durant even followed one hater’s girlfriend and liked all her photos. Yes—you read that correctly. The man liked his hater’s girlfriend’s photos. 

No one is as petty as 35. He's really just the Twitter king. 

January 2020: Defending the Nets

Kyrie Irving #11 and Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets speak on the bench.

It must be painful for someone as competitive as Durant to be watching from the sidelines. In January, his frustration seemed to boil over. He fired back at a number of fans, including those chastising the Nets for their struggles at the time (they’re currently No. 7 in the East) and him for joining the Nets.

September 2019: OKC fans will ‘be aight tomorrow’

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In fall 2019, KD made his feelings about the Thunder clear in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He said: “I eventually wanted to come back to that city and be part of that community and organization, but I don’t trust nobody there. That shit must have been fake, what they was doing. The organization, the GM, I ain’t talked to none of those people, even had a nice exchange with those people, since I left.”

His comments upset a lot of people, and he hopped online to respond to them—and, of course, to roast them.

May 2019: Chris Broussard called out for hyperbole

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Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard is one of the most popular NBA pundits out there, and he’s renowned for being plugged in among players. The guy seems to have real relationships in the league.

But apparently he doesn’t have a fan in KD, who called Broussard out in May 2019—and then chirped at a fan who called him sensitive.

February 2019: Free-agency speculation liking spree

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Of course, Durant did end up leaving Golden State, but he was clearly sick of the speculation in the year leading up to the divorce. In February 2019, the star forward awoke from a months-long Twitter slumber to ‘like’ a handful of tweets about an article on his future being trash. The article had speculated that he was on his way out of the Bay.

Among the tweets Durant liked:

He was fed up with talking about his decision and, at the time, had taken a respite from talking to the media.

July 2018: The CJ McCollum battle

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In the summer of 2018, Durant appeared on Blazers guard CJ McCollum’s podcast, Pull Up. After their conversation—which involved some playful back-and-forth jabs—McCollum posted that he thought Durant’s decision to join GSW was “soft.”

This led to Durant calling McCollum a “snake in the grass.”

Durant also started exchanging words with a bunch of fans, but later deleted the tweets.

McCollum posted a peace offering and walked back his hot take.

September 2017: The fake account

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Just months after winning his first title, KD was exposed for using a fake Twitter account. You see, what had happened was...Durant forgot to switch to the fake account before replying to some fans and actually posted the tweets—tweets about the Thunder roster and then-coach Billy Donovan—on his real Twitter.

Two days later, Durant owned the mistake, saying: “I have another Instagram account, but that’s just for my friends and family. So, I wouldn’t say that I was using it to clap back at anyone. I use Twitter to engage with fans. I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little too far. That’s what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love, to play basketball. I don’t regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach’s name and the former organization that I played for. That was childish. That was idiotic, all those type of words. I regret doing that, and I apologize for doing that.”

June 2017: Hello, haters—I have a ring now

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The Warriors took home the 2016-17 title in five games over the Cavs, finishing them off June 12. In the week after, KD was ready to fire some online shots. The new NBA champ was feeling himself, with fresh juice, engaged with a number of his critics—even clapping back at one who claimed he had a fart fetish.

Nothing is too weird in the world of Kevin Durant’s Twitter.

March 2015: Former high school opponent gets roasted

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Nate Flowers, who played against KD in high school, posted a pretty innocuous boast about holding his own against future NBA players. But when Durant saw it, he called out his former high school opponent for what he viewed as a “damn lie.” Naturally, this led to a back-and-forth in which Durant did not back down.

February 2015: NBA writer is a ‘dumbass’

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Chris Palmer is a longtime NBA writer who’s written for a number of outlets. He’s one of several writers who have felt Durant’s fury—but, unlike many of them, he caught the heat in the public eye.

July & October 2014: Two casualties

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Durant isn’t afraid of hitting fans with personal insults. That’s what makes his Twitter clapbacks so entertaining. He was on his game in 2014.

January 2011: Thirsty tweets

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Back in 2011, none of us really knew what we were doing on Twitter. We also weren’t aware we were creating a paper trail that could follow us forever.

That’s when Durant fired off a couple of the most head-scratching and memorable tweets you’ll ever see from a major athlete. The thirst is real with this one.

July 2010: Words that came back to bite him

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets shares a laugh following the game against the Toronto Raptors

The primary ammunition for the anti-Durant army will always be his move to the Warriors. People claim it was a soft decision—that he just joined a championship team and doesn’t deserve credit for their 2017 and 2018 rings.

He has defended himself ad nauseum. We aren’t here to debate it.

But it’s still funny that he called out ring-chasers in 2010—back when Miami and L.A. had the sexy rosters everyone wanted to be a part of.

We’re guessing this list will only grow, because he doesn’t seem inclined to quit Twitter anytime soon.

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