OKLAHOMA CITY — The social media beef that flared between Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant really has no place to go but the basketball court. At the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Media Day on Friday, Durant tried to quell the ruckus just a bit.
“Dwyane Wade is a great, great player, man, and I’d never discredit anything he’s ever done or nothing like that,” Durant said as he wrapped up a 12-minute interview session with reporters. “I just voiced my opinion. He’s a great, great player, the Finals MVP, a champion. I didn’t disrespect that or take that away from him or anything. I just voiced my opinion as of today. I love you D-Wade, man, it’s just competition.”
The bickering started after Durant honestly answered a question during an interview regarding Sports Illustrated’s player rankings that included Wade in the top 10, but did not include Durant’s former teammate and current Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden. Durant said Harden should be considered for the top 10.
When asked who then should be removed from the top 10, Durant answered Wade.
Wade fired back with an Instagram/Twitter message — a handwritten note reminding himself to make Durant respect his place in history. Durant, who turns 25 on Sunday, then sent off a tweet directed at Wade, telling the 2006 Finals MVP to “show me, don’t tweet me.”
Unfortunately, we’ll likely see these two titans again in their clever Gatorade commercial a few hundred times more before actually getting to see them square off. The Thunder and Heat don’t meet until Jan. 29 at Miami. They’ll reacquaint in Oklahoma City on Feb. 20.