‘Drunk Uncle Out Here Lying Again’ Kevin Durant Hits Back at Shannon Sharpe for His Recent Comments

Published 04/13/2021, 11:51 AM EDT
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Durant finally made his return to the court after missing around two months of basketball action. Although he was off to a flier in his first game, his rusty gameplay was at full display against the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers.

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Although he did have a game-high 22 points against the Purple & Gold, KD had a whooping 8 turnovers to his name and looked sloppy in possession. Considering he is just back from a long layoff, his inconsistent form shouldn’t worry the Nets. Once Durant is fit alongside Kyrie Irving and James Harden, he will be the favorite to win his third career championship.

NBA analyst lashes out on Kevin Durant for lack of motivation

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Before the game, Durant sat for an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. There, the 32-year-old claimed that he plays basketball for development and not for the championship.

“Once I won a championship [with Golden State], I realized that, like, my view on this game is really about development. Like, how good can I be? It’s not about, you know, let’s go get this championship. I appreciate that stuff and I want to win to experience that stuff, but it’s not the end-all, be-all of why I play the game.”

While there is no doubting KD‘s talent and his varied skill-set, analyst Shannon Sharpe rather had a bold take on his commitment. Sharpe claimed that Durant was rather unmotivated to win championships.

Sharpe said, “The titles put his mind at ease. Because if he felt like that in the beginning, he would have never left OKC and went to Golden State. Now I’m not saying he wouldn’t have left OKC. But he wouldn’t have gone and fast tracked himself to getting titles. So it’s easy for him to say now because guess what skill, he has that luxury of having those titles, having those Finals MVP on his resume.”

Sharpe also came up with a bizarre claim, saying that KD was indeed focused on winning championships to be known as the best in the game ahead of LeBron James.

“The titles did not give him the validation that he thought it would. Kevin Durant thought by winning the titles, everybody was gonna regard him as universally, the best player in the NBA better than even LeBron James. But very few people were willing to go there.”

KD hits back at Shannon Sharpe

Understandably, Kevin Durant was frustrated with Sharpe’s comments. While he didn’t react to him being unmotivated to win the championships and KD hit back at Shannon Sharpe for his other outrageous claim of Durant trying to eclipse LeBron James.

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This is not the first time KD has called out a critic like Sharpe. But given that this won’t be stopping anytime soon. Durant will set his eyes for a championship run.

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Given the enormous talent pool the Nets has at its disposal, it is surely a championship or bust for Brooklyn. Do you think the Nets will ultimately prevail in the NBA finals this season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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