Golden State Warriors All-Star and reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant has a unique history of getting into confrontations with heckling fans at games and with the so-called internet trolls.
During Monday's road game against the Atlanta Hawks, a fan began heckling Durant, who told them to simply "watch the game and shut up. You can watch a video of the exchange below.
KD told Hawks fans to "Watch the game and shut up." 🤣— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2018
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At least Durant was able to play it off nicely with a smile and laugh. But the big story here is KD once again refusing to ignore the heckling fans, something most other professional athletes are able to do.
Durant will at least avoid punishment here, since this confrontation wasn't as ugly as his last one with a Dallas Mavericks supporter. Durant told a fan to "shut the (expletive) up," and given a $25,000 fine.
Mind you, that tense moment with a Dallas fan happened not long after Durant and Draymond Green were under the spotlight. After a Nov. 12 overtime road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Durant and Green got into a heated confrontation.
Expletive words were dropped, with Green challenging Durant about his upcoming free agency, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. So yes, times have been quite tense for Durant lately.
Nonetheless, Durant is enjoying another MVP-like season for the Warriors, averaging 30 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. It's anybody's guess what he will wind up doing in free agency, but for now, he has Golden State in prime position to add a third straight NBA Championship.
What This Means
Durant is 30 years of age now, so don't expect him to suddenly change his ways. If he feels the need to snap back at heckling fans and social media rolls, he'll do it. That's just how the future Hall of Famer works.