Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant had a couple of relatable soundbites in his opening-round exit in the first-ever 2K players-only tournament on Friday night.
Who doesn’t love some friendly banter with friends, or completely random strangers in the case of online settings, when playing the most recent installment of the NBA 2K franchise? We all partake in such tomfoolery, and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is no exception.
Alright, so entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed— the seedings were based off player rankings, in which Durant is a 95 overall — you’d want to make an opening statement that you’re a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly what happened for Durant.
He ultimately fell victim to Derrick Jones Jr.’s apparent superior gaming skills, losing 78-62 in the single-elimination tournament.
But I’m not here to critique Durant’s performance in a video game; I’m not exactly in a position to do so with my current loss streak anyways, but that’s neither here nor there.
I would, however, like to point out a couple of memorable moments from the 16-point loss that proves that athletes of KD’s magnitude are just like you and me.
Exhibit A: We’ve all been here, the famous “Alright, that player is not capable of those things!” Ah, classic.
Exhibit B: I mean, there isn’t much one can do to stop virtual Giannis steamrolling his way to the cup…hell, real-life Giannis isn’t much different.
Durant, who was using the Clippers in this first-round matchup, didn’t have his best outing on Friday night. And honestly? Sometimes that just happens given the arbitrary nature of the video game.
It was Nets fans first time witnessing the 31-year-old—still recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon from last June—in action, if you’d like to call it that. I think most fans of the franchise could agree: don’t quit your day job, Kevin.