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Kevin Durant spars on Instagram with 17-year-old who blasted his legacy

Scott Gleeson USA TODAY
Published 7:52 p.m. UTC Jul 11, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, continues to take on social media detractors. His latest argument was with a 17-year-old.

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, scores a slam during an exhibition basketball game with Philippine basketball players at the Smart Araneta Coliseum northeast of Manila, Philippines Sunday, July 8, 2018.
Bullit Marquez, AP

Nearly a year after he blasted his former team on Twitter while thinking he was using a burner account — a gaffe he later referred to as “childish” and “idiotic” — Durant sparred on Tuesday with teenager Kalyb Champion, who challenged Durant’s legacy through his Instagram account bucketscenter.

The initial post by Champion, which tagged Durant’s official Instagram account, featured a three-way photo of Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis — describing them as “3 elite two-way players but don’t elevate a team quite like LeBron and Steph due to their playmaking/leadership deficiencies.”

Durant jabbed back by telling Champion to “go sweep ya dorm room” in a response to the post. Champion, in stride, called Durant “insecure” for even responding. Then over private message Durant called Champion a “middle school/knock off (Stephen A. Smith)” and went on to say he’s not “too big and famous” to respond.

Champion later posted the messages for others to see the exchange.

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Published 7:52 p.m. UTC Jul 11, 2018

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