There is arguably no one in NBA history who’s played alongside more superstars than Kevin Durant—Russ, Steph, Klay, Harden, Kyrie, Zaza Pachulia. Spin the First Ballot HOF wheel.
Durant appeared on Million Dollaz Worth of Game Podcast and offered up his take on the top 5 players he’s ever shared a jersey with, omitting former MVP and 2x All-NBA First Teamer Russell Westbrook in favor of…Serge Ibaka?
KD lists the top 5 players he’s played with… No Russ to be found 👀 pic.twitter.com/shUZ9RdzSM
— ProCity Hoops (@ProCityHoops) April 19, 2021
“Kyrie, James, Steph, Klay,” Durant says, before a 13-second pause in which 9-year teammate Russell Westbrook evidently never crosses his mind.
“And I’m going to go Serge Ibaka.”
Serge Career High Stats (while teammates with Durant):
Russ Career High Stats (while teammates with Durant):
After the hosts reminded KD of Russ’ existence, Durant was quick to amend his list and boot Ibaka from a list he has no business being on.
Here’s what happened after KD made his list. Imo there’s no way he could just forget to say Russ, and the only reason he said it was bcuz he doesn’t want beef. He picked Harden & Irving over Russ w/ only one season w them pretty much, over Russ too. I have no respect for him‼️🤡 pic.twitter.com/vV5Ga9TpV8
— J 🐳 (@RockTheBabyRuss) April 19, 2021
“I did forget about Russ. Russ would definitely be top 5. As a matter of fact, I’d put Russ fourth and Klay fifth.”
Still, some nifty editing in the initial clip caused many to dust off the “KD Petty AF” takes. But, like, how do you forget about a dude who’s logged 7 straight triple doubles and is 10 shy of Oscar Robertson’s career mark? Was this just a brain fart or a calculated omission from KD? We will never really know, but the internet has already made up its mind, including a guy who should know how sports media operates.
Cuz is a weirdo. This is just hating… serge fuckin ibaka thoo https://t.co/tjIeybExwA
— Pearl Thomas III (@UncleL_) April 19, 2021
*i forgot somebody* @KDTrey5 shut your stupid ass up. On god you’re the biggest bitch to ever touch a basketball and I ain’t even a fan of @russwest44 game like that. Sergei Ibaka fuck out here!!! https://t.co/vXW05RMgbY
— Just A Friendly Fellow (@skeezyatx) April 19, 2021
He a suckers man 😑 how in the hell don’t remember Westbrook https://t.co/bF07POQkiB
— Chris (@sleazecp23) April 19, 2021
So petty and bitter
— Hopeful American (@Go_Dawgs_91) April 19, 2021
Give me a break. He remembers serge Ibaka but forgets Westbrook … yeah right..
— Omar E (@TheKinggg3) April 19, 2021
See a bunch of people defending KD for “forgetting” about Russ but in all honesty it aligns with his behavior to throw shade like that
— Chef Blasian (@TheVirginOne1) April 19, 2021
Bruh serge? Really? Just say you hate him and move on 🤦🏻♂️
— Al Tejada (@atejada1017) April 19, 2021
Odds are, KD genuinely forgot about Russ. But given their history and Durant’s affinity for grudges, an over-reaction was destined to happen. You are who the public wants you to be. What a curse.