The relationship between NBA players and analysts is always something that can never be understood easily. While players might be on good terms with a few, most of the time they keep their distance from analysts.
The reasons for it are obvious as the analysts sometimes go out of their way to call out the players. The relationship between Skip Bayless and LeBron James perfectly fits under that definition.
However, it appears as if a new feud is brewing between Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant and renowned NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith. Yesterday, Stephen A. questioned KD's legacy after leaving Steph Curry.
He believes that if Durant fails to win an NBA Championship with the Nets, he will be known as a guy who won two titles with Curry. Upon seeing it, KD went on to Twitter and gave a one-word response to Smith's claims.
Usually, feuds between players do not stretch out more than one or two exchanges. But that isn't the case here, as both Smith and Durant are people who never back down from a heated exchange.
So obviously Smith once again questioned KD's legacy in a new episode of ESPN's 'First Take.' This time around Kevin Durant didn't hold back and wrote a lot more than just a single word in his tweet. The Brooklyn Nets superstar tweeted:
"Steve, since u decided to use ESPN to push your personal agendas, im sure your minions will run with this story for you, but if u believe this is what my career is defined by then you just a flat out hater. It’s gonna be hard to box the god in."
While it is true that KD received a lot of hate for joining the Golden State Warriors, at the end of the day he did what was best for his career at that point in time.
If he fails to win a title with the Nets, it may have some effect on how fans remember him in the NBA, but it will certainly not blemish his legacy in the league.