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It’s going to take greater than some over-hyped beef to drive Kevin Durant‘s respect for the sport to waver.

Ever because the celebrity left the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder final summer time in free company to pursue a championship with the Golden State Warriors, there’s been a lot ado about his soured relationship together with his former co-star Russell Westbrook.

And but, when Russ was named the league’s Most Worthwhile Participant on the heels of his historic marketing campaign, he acquired reward from an unlikely supply.

“I referred to as out this yr’s MVP years in the past so that you gotta respect my information for the sport lol,” Durant wrote on social media. “Big congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP. That boy went on the market and was a created participant on (NBA) 2K all yr, f–kin balled out. Gotta respect it!”

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Coming off his first title win, KD defined why he was capable of put the pettiness apart and present some like to his previous pal, who led the league in scoring whereas averaging a strong triple-double of 31.6 factors, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.four assists.

“The sport of basketball has been so nice to me,” the 2014 MVP advised ESPN’s Cari Champion. “I can not disrespect it as a result of a bunch of nobodies making an attempt to make me and someone beef over basketball. The sport is just too necessary and too sacred for me to disrespect it that approach.”

That is a mature and fashionable response from Durant.