Kevin Durant Reveals He Is 'Still Going to Do That Burner Thing'

John Healy
February 09, 2020 - 8:24 am

Kevin Durant may have had his burner account infamously exposed in 2017, but that is not stopping him from anonymously chirping at all his haters online.

The Brooklyn Nets forward revealed on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson that he continues to use a burner account on social media despite his previous gaffe with it.

“I’m still going to do the burner thing,” Durant said, eliciting laughs from Barnes and Jackson. “There’s some s—t where you’ve just got to be like, these folks are always going to figure out a way. Certain people, I’m going to come back on my regular account. But if I’m just trying to do my thing, dip in — I got the burners. I just slipped up that one time, and you know why I slipped up.”

Durant, in a 2017 interview with GQ, said he slipped up responding to a fan criticizing him for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors because he was still groggy after taking a nap and did not realize he was tweeting for his own account, referring to himself in the third person.

The 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP has developed a reputation over the years for going back-and-forth with fans on social media, who often criticize him for joining a Warriors team coming off a NBA-record 73-win season and riding their coattails to a championship despite winning the MVPs in both Finals.

But Durant also addressed that on the show, too.

“In OKC I played with a lot of athletes, I didn’t play with a lot of skilled guys, not like shooters/ball handers,” he said. “…I was like, ‘I need a change.’ And this was before the season even start. … I was tired of having to be the only guy that can make threes, make jump shots and consistently make them.”

Durant left the Warriors in free agency last summer to join the Nets along with Kyrie Irving in a somewhat shocking move, with many expecting the Knicks to be the New York team with the best chance at inking the four-time league-leading scorer.

Durant, of course, is not expected to play until the 2020-21 season as he continues to recover from his torn Achilles he sustained in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

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