It looks like ESPN analyst Jay Williams and Nets star Kevin Durant have some beef.
And it all comes from a story Williams told about Durant and Giannis Antekounmpo.
After the Nets’ 125-86 blowout win over the Bucks, Williams recounted a time when Durant told him to never compare him to the Greek freak. Here’s what Williams said about the encounter at ESPN’s Get Up Tuesday morning.
A couple of years ago we were at a Christmas party and I got on this show and we did a section that we had Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant. I said, ‘You know, if Anthony Davis and KD had a baby, the physical similarities would be like Giannis’. I’m going to the Christmas party, Kevin Durant walks up to me and says, “Yo, never, ever compare me to Giannis. Never compare me to Giannis. ‘
I say, ‘KD, what are you talking about? I’ve only talked about similarities in terms of physicality, height, and length. ‘ He says no. Never compare me to Giannis. ‘
So when I see this matchup do you know what this matchup is saying to me? This is something personal to Kevin Durant. That’s who he attacks every day. Because that was in his head because people were talking about Giannis being on the same level. That’s the kind of intensity you see in this rivalry.
Everyone enjoyed the story, wasn’t it?
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Well, not to Durant. In fact, he claimed it was simply untrue, as he said in a since-deleted Instagram comment, that Williams’ story “is a lie” and that Williams “can NEVER speak for him”.
Additionally, the 32-year-old striker took to Twitter and started an NSFW subtweet on Williams telling him to “keep me away from all this stupid talk about who (sic) is better”.
The men will do anything to advance their careers in this media shit and want to be accepted by an industry that will dispose of you whenever they want. Keep me from all the stupid talk about who’s better and the legacy and all that stupid shit out there. I don’t even talk like that
– Kevin Durant (@ KDTrey5) June 8, 2021
Needless to say, Twitter enjoyed Durant’s attempts to take down Williams and made fun of the analyst.
Either KD didn’t say that and Jay Williams is lying, or Jay Willams went on TV and cut out a personal conversation to make headlines on TV
Either way it looks bad https://t.co/jWHKg0vYld
– Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) June 8, 2021
Despite all of this, Williams came back with a level-headed answer. On the Keshawn, JWill & Zubin show, Williams said he “stands by his story”.
“I was probably wrong because I shared a personal story, but that’s what we do – we share personal stories,” Williams said. “It was meant as a compliment. It has different levels. It was about saying how different KD is. It’s unfortunate that KD felt that way at that moment, but I just wish KD love and all the best.”
While Williams wouldn’t be chasing Durant, he said there were some other people commenting that he could leave after another day.
While the noise of this situation isn’t over yet, Williams appears to be preventing this from turning into a full-blown feud between him and Durant.