It looks like ESPN analyst Jay Williams and Nets star Kevin Durant have some beef.
And it all stems from a story that Williams told about Durant and Giannis Antekounmpo.
In the aftermath of the Nets’ 125-86 blowout win over the Bucks, Williams recounted a time when Durant told him not to ever compare him to the Greek Freak. Here’s what Williams said of the encounter on ESPN’s “Get Up” Tuesday morning.
A couple of years ago we’re at a holiday party and I came on this show and we did a segment where we had Anthony Davis and we had Kevin Durant. I said, ‘You know, if Anthony Davis and KD would have a baby, the similarities physically-wise would be like Giannis.’ I go to the holiday party, Kevin Durant comes up to me and says, ”Yo, don’t you ever, ever compare me to Giannis. Don’t you ever compare me to Giannis.’
I say, ‘KD, what are you talking about? I was just talking about similarities physicality-wise, size, length.’ He’s like, ‘No. Don’t you ever compare me to Giannis.’
So, when I see that matchup, you know what that matchup says to me? That’s something personal for Kevin Durant. That’s who he’s attacking each and every day. ‘Cause that’s been in his brain because people have talked about Giannis being on the same level. That’s the kind of intensity you’re seeing in this rivalry.
The story was all in good fun, right?
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Well, not according to Durant. In fact, he claimed it’s flat out untrue, as he said in a since-deleted Instagram comment that Williams’ story is “a f—ing lie” and said that Williams can “NEVER speak” for him.
In addition to that, the 32-year-old forward took to Twitter and launched an NSFW subtweet at Williams and told him to “Keep me out all that corny ass talk about whos (sic) better.”
Mans will do anything to advance their careers in this media shit, wanting to be accepted by an industry that will dispose of you whenever they please. Keep me out all that corny ass talk about whos better and legacy and all that dumb ass shit. I don’t even talk like that
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 8, 2021
Needless to say, Twitter enjoyed Durant’s attempts to take down Williams and poked fun at the analyst.
Either KD didn’t say this and Jay Williams is lying or Jay Willams went on TV and dimed out a personal convo to make a headline on TV
Either way it’s a bad look https://t.co/jWHKg0vYld
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) June 8, 2021
How will Williams respond? That will presumably be the next part of this saga.
But if he doubles down, expect his budding feud with Durant to escalate.