“Maybe We Can Work on Some Stuff Together”: Eighth Grader Gives Classy Response to Kevin Durant Despite Getting Insulted

Published 12/21/2021, 12:16 AM EST


Making it to the NBA is every young male basketball player’s dream, and getting there takes a lot of hard work and discipline. Recently, Kevin Durant took to Twitter and criticized a student’s dribble move from a clip that had gone viral. However, instead of taking insult to it, the student took it in his stride and had an extremely humble response.

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Durant is a man of principle and discipline; he is an example of how hard work paved his way to be successful. KD had to struggle and had his difficult times before making it to the big stage. However, all of that was not possible without the right discipline in him. So when he saw the move on Twitter, Durant felt like that wasn’t the right approach and stated, “This sh** stinks.” 

Dec 14, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In a follow up tweet, Durant also stated that he was harsh in his criticism because it’s all about forming the right habits on the court, even as a youngster. Recently, the student came out and reacted to his criticism. However, he handled it in a very mature manner.

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Jayden Moore hopes to work with Kevin Durant

Jayden Moore is an upcoming basketball talent who is already making a name for himself. Being one of the top players at his age, the athlete showed humility in his response to the Easy Money Sniper. The 8th grader responded to Durant and said he hopes to work together with him.

Moore said: Thanks for the constructive criticism.. I’ve grown from my 6th grade year! Maybe we can work on some stuff together!! All love Hopefully I can get to where you at one day!”

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This is great maturity coming from an 8th grader. Moore took the criticism really well and understands the true meaning behind it. While it was an old video, Moore’s move was not as great as it looked since it would have no real impact on a high caliber defender. Moreover, he also missed the shot. Hence, Durant’s tough love sent out a good message to him.

Getting it from one of the best to ever to it, Moore knew it was good for him. Durant has always been transparent with his opinion, and when it comes to basketball, he will speak his mind.

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Durant believes it is more about the habits he develops now rather than just the move itself. Do you think Kevin Durant was right with his criticism? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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