After Kevin Durant once again stirred the pot by requesting a trade out of the Brooklyn Nets, everybody has had something to say about it. The 2x NBA champion waited until Kyrie Irving picked his player option this offseason to demand a trade and now will try to put himself in a winning position again.
NBA fans have big reactions to this. They are blasting Durant for running away from the grind, for the pressure he felt after the Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA championship, and more. KD has once again earned the hate of the NBA community, and fans won't stop shading him now that he's asked for a trade after signing an extension with the Nets.
One particular fan took to Twitter to break down a not-so-little difference between Kevin Durant and the player he's always competed against, LeBron James. This fan recalls that every time LeBron has changed teams, he has delivered, and to this day, he hasn't requested a trade.
LeBron went to a 33-win Cavs team and a 35-win Lakers team - won rings with both, while honoring his contract. Durant went to a 1 seed, is again pushing for a 1 seed after signing an extension. Don’t want to hear these two ever compared again.
And to be clear - this isn’t a shot at KD. There’s a tendency to downplay and normalize greatness, rounding up certain things while rounding down others. These kinds of events help cut through that bias. There’s levels to the game.
Of course, this sparked a big debate, with other fans chiming on, defending LeBron or Durant.
Comparisons between LeBron and Durant are still a common thing in the NBA. Now that they're both struggling to get things going with their teams and knowing that next season will be challenging for both, this won't stop happening. Brace yourselves because the rest of this offseason and next campaign will be extremely entertaining for both LeBron and KD fans, as well as the rest of the league.