Brooklyn Nets: Celebrate Kevin Durant’s return with Michael Rapaport nearly crying on TV

Nets stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Nets stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

For as enthralling as it’s been to watch the Brooklyn Nets steamroll their opponents over the last two months, fans are starting to grow wary of the fact that their three superstars haven’t played a ton of minutes together this season.

To literally add insult to injury, James Harden re-injured his hamstring after being forced from Monday night’s win over the Knicks just a few minutes into the first quarter. He will be reevaluated in approximately 10 days, the team announced.

The timing of Harden’s injury truly couldn’t have been worse, as Kevin Durant, who’s been sidelined for the last two months with his own hamstring ailment, has been cleared to return to action for the Nets’ clash against the Pelicans on Wednesday night. That could be considered good news because Brooklyn is getting reinforcements, but we want to see all of the guys play.

This means Durant, Harden and Kyrie Irving will go at least another five or six games without sharing the court together, which they haven’t done since mid-February.

As debilitating as that sounds, however, it shouldn’t stop Nets fans from celebrating their superstar’s long-awaited return to the hardwood. In fact, we couldn’t think of a better way to acknowledge the occasion than Michael Rapaport nearly crying on television this week.

Michael Rapaport nearly crying on television is the perfect way for Nets fans to celebrate the return of Kevin Durant.

First and foremost, we would never poke fun at another human being bullied. However, how are we supposed to believe that Rapaport is being genuine here? He’s a professional actor and is clearly capable of pulling off a minute-long sob story to get the public back on his side.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that Rapaport is actually shaken up by feedback he’s received from Durant fans. What else did he expect to happen after he posted private direct messages, as vile as they might have been, between him and Durant on social media?

Also, a quick scroll through Rapaport’s recent social media activity suggests he’s actually coping with all the alleged mistreatment just fine. Perhaps more important is the fact that he’s constantly stirring up controversy on social media and has been suspended by Facebook and Twitter before!

Let it be known that we are in no way endorsing what Durant said to Rapaport. That kind of language is offensive and completely out of bounds, especially for a celebrity of the four-time scoring champ’s prestige, who’s looked up to as a role model by countless fans, and he fully deserved his $50,000 fine.

However, Nets fans should have no problem getting a laugh out of Rapaport trying to further turn folks against Durant by holding back tears on national television. If watching that clip isn’t the perfect way to celebrate the former MVP’s return to action, then we’re not sure what is.

Even better for fans in Brooklyn is the fact that Durant should have his way against the Pelicans’ bottom-barrel defense tonight, which ranks 26th in the league in points allowed (115.1) per game and 24th in total field goal percentage (47.2%).