‘Don’t Need It’: Kevin Durant’s Cheeky Response to Fans Celebrating His Comeback to the NBA

Published 01/29/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) drives the ball around Atlanta Hawks point guard Brandon Goodwin (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets are a team to be feared. They have the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden running their offense, which would intimidate any team. Durant has been simply sensational upon returning from a nasty injury, but he isn’t seeking validation! 

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Kevin Durant is as talented with his internet roasting as he is at basketball. KD has always had his name popping up for some or the other controversy, but this time it was for a hilarious reason. 

Kevin Durant trolls the internet for hyping him up

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We’re all witnessing Durant make history in the ongoing NBA season. The ‘Slim Reaper’ sat out last year due to a ruptured Achilles, but he’s showing no signs of wear upon returning from the horrific injury. 

Durant is currently averaging 30.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game, which is an unbelievable stat line. These are mindboggling numbers even for a healthy player, but for Durant to come back from a major injury and effortlessly score 30 PPG is something else!

Hence, Bleacher Report decided to use its Instagram handle to praise Kevin Durant for his stellar performances, and they compared his current season with his MVP season to offer some perspective. 

Nothing was wrong with the appreciation, and the post was flooded with comments about KD’s greatness. However, in a surprising turn of events, the Nets forward commented on the post and wrote: “Stop the gas. I don’t need it.” 

Clearly, Kevin Durant has enough self-motivation to keep himself, and he doesn’t require any external validation! The 10x All-Star is enjoying one of the greatest injury comebacks ever, and he probably doesn’t want others to jinx it by hyping him up too much.

Durant etches his name in yet another record

Some athletes see their game fade away as the years pass, but only great players sustain it. A few players age like fine wine and keep improving their game even as they get old. Kevin Durant is one of them, as he’s showing no signs of slowing down at the tender age of 32.

Here’s an impressive stat that puts Durant on par with Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant: 

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KD has just been unstoppable ever since making his return. He’s the second-leading scorer in the NBA and has a solid chance of clinching his second MVP award this season if things go his way.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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