Durant got into a back-and-forth with a fan on Twitter when it was suggested that Leonard was a better player than Paul George of the Indiana Pacers. The five-time NBA All-Star fired back, saying Leonard was a product of the system he was in.
The tweets have since been deleted.
Many fans took Durant’s criticism as a sign of jealousy, especially considering the timing of it all. The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night to win their fifth championship in franchise history.
In an effort to defend his point of view, Durant had this to say about his aforementioned comments on his Facebook account:
This is the last time I’m gonna talk about this. I did not hate on Kawhi Leonard, quite honestly if you knew me or been around me, you would see how excited I was for such a young humble guy. But this world loves conflict I see. I really gave major props to coach pop and the whole staff for putting those guys in great positions to be successful. I realized you can’t say anything about a champion so if I hurt anybody’s feelings I apologize (I really don’t) but you get my drift.
Give credit where credit is due to Durant for at least being consistent. He’s entitled to his opinion and shouldn’t be bashed and ridiculed for having it.