Round 5: Kevin Durant ruthless in response to Stephen A. Smith

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Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts during the second half of Game 4.
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Kevin Durant took to twitter again in response to a clip being shared of Stephen A. Smith on First Take, Tuesday morning.

The clip shows former NBA players, JJ Redick and CJ McCollum both defending Russell Westbrook for being at the introductory press conference for new Los Angeles Lakers coach, Darwin Ham. 

New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham arrives for his first news conference in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, June 6, 2022. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

“Him (Westbrook) being at that press conference yesterday — actually to me — I didn’t like it,” Smith said. 

Stephen A. then cited Westbrooks statistics as part of his concern. 

Reddick and McCollum both responded in defense of Westbrook. 

“You said a random, random take, and then you explained a bunch of things about Russell Westbrook that had nothing about that take,” Redick said. “What is your issue with Russell Westbrook being at that press conference?”

Smith then later clarified that his comments were centered around how the Lakers have talked about trading Westbrook over Westbrook being there himself.

Shortly thereafter, the clip became viral and Brooklyn Nets superstar, Kevin Durant chimed in with his on take on the matter. 

“Steve can’t beat up on max Kellerman the boxing guy and the new baseball guy “mad dog” or whatever his name is? I’m locked in now” Kevin Durant said in a tweet

Durant’s reference is to Stephen A. reportedly having a hand in Max Kellerman not being brought back for First Take early in 2022. 

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo had joined ESPN on Wednesday’s shortly thereafter with First Take using a plethora of different commentators to debate Stephen A. 

Kevin Durant’s comments come after a feud between the two was reignited on June 2nd for Stephen A saying that Michael Jordan “had changed the game for the worse.”

The latest comments won’t do anything to soften the relationship between the commentator and NBA Champion that has been going back to as early as 2015. 

As Kevin Durant continues to respond on twitter, it looks like he could also be having his teammate back for next season as well. 

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