The NBA has been simply bonkers the past two weeks. The Warriors pick up their first championship with Durant. LeBron claims he’s never been part of a “superteam.” Cavaliers part ways with general manager David Griffin. Celtics trade the first overall pick in the draft.
All of this makes for a completely awesome week of NBA Twitter. Not only are players like KD getting in on the action, but so are teams like the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets — as well as some fans. Check it out:
Kevin Durant Spends A Day Firing Back At Critics
There isn’t a person on this earth who doesn’t have an opinion on KD winning a championship with the Warriors. Apparently Durant himself is very, very aware of that. On June 18, just six days after winning his first ring the NBA Finals MVP shot back at critics on Twitter.
All-in-all Durant fired off 43 tweets in just over four hours. Here are the best four in no particular order:
What do you say to that if you’re Mitchell? “Uhh, yes I can?” Because no, you can’t sir. There was almost no effort on KD’s part but that’s what so great about it.
Fans are going to hate from every angle no matter what. Think what you want about his decision to leave OKC but nobody can knock Durant’s game. It’s clear he puts in a massive amount of work and from that angle it’s hard to criticize.
Durant doing the world a favor and calling out a petty comeback. Kaylee, leave the fart jokes to second graders.
KD represents the #StayWoke movement.
Hawks, Hornets & Clippers Have Some Trade Rumor Fun
Last Tuesday afternoon there were some major trade rumors swirling. At the time Jimmy Butler was rumored close to being dealt, as was Paul George. There was even some talk of the Cavaliers being open to dealing Kyrie Irving. With all that going on the Hawks, known for having one of the best NBA Twitter accounts, had some fun:
That set off a firestorm of back-and-forth between the Hawks’, Hornets’ & Clippers’ accounts:
Once the full “trade” was completed the Hawks used the ESPN trade machine to give it a grade:
Meanwhile the two teams made an actual trade with the Hawks sending big man Dwight Howard to the Hornets for Marco Belinelli and Miles Plumlee. This marks the fifth team that Howard has played for in his career putting him in second behind only Shaq amongst players with at least five 1st-Team All-NBA selections (via ESPN Stats & Info).
76ers “Retweet Armageddon”
The Philadelphia 76ers have made losing their profession for the past five or so years. Now, it seems as though they’re on the verge of a realistic rebuild with young pieces like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.
Though there hasn’t been tangible winning yet, Sixers’ fans are still going back in time to shame those who didn’t “Trust The Process” with “#RTArmageddon,” which is essentially an unearthing of old takes. Here are a few that were popularly retweeted:
All Hinkie showed was ability to strip a team to nothing. Drafted big men who can't play together. Wouldn't sign a pt guard. Sam the Sham.
— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) April 7, 2016
IMO — Hinkie set the 76ers back roughly a decade. Will go down as one of the worst GM's in history of the sport. https://t.co/y9fKKR3eVs
— Justin Rocke (@JustinRocke) April 7, 2016
Hinkie refers to former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie who created the “Trust The Process” slogan.
Sixers r a disgrace. creating a losing culture that good young players may likely want to leave as … http://t.co/i4Ldvxk67P
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 14, 2014
Sixers’ fans better hope the Embiid/Simmons/Fultz core works or else there will be a reverse #RTArmageddon coming in short order…