The rivalry between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks has the potential to be one of the best in the NBA.
While there was tension and an extra level of intensity when the teams played last season, the Nets had too much firepower and routinely pulled away down the stretch after the Knicks’ defensive tenacity kept them within striking distance.
Both teams even took shots at each other last season, with James Harden cropping Julius Randle and RJ Barrett off of the New Yorker cover page before BK also swiped New York’s “Big 15” moniker.
It really means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but fans absolutely ate it up during the dog days of the regular season.
Well, it appears the rivalry is alive and well even during Summer League play, because one of the newest Knicks just poked fun at Kevin Durant on Twitter.
Yes, someone who hasn’t even played a minute for the ‘Bockers yet.
Evan Fournier took shots at Nets star Kevin Durant on Twitter
The Knicks were one of the busiest teams in free agency, with their biggest splash (other than Kemba Walker) coming in the form of sharpshooter Evan Fournier, whom they signed to a four-year deal worth up to $78 million.
Clearly unfamiliar with the New York area, Fournier, in need of a fresh haircut, asked his Twitter followers for barber recommendations.
After a random troll recommended Kevin Durant after the way he “cut” Fournier up in the Tokyo Olympics, the France star took an unwarranted shot at Durant.
In Fournier’s defense, this was a perfect response. Even Nets fans have seen the close-up shots of Durant’s hair. For those who haven’t, it’s not pretty.
Having said that, this just seems like a poor business decision from Fournier. Given that he generated 14,000 likes, it might seem worth it right now. However, you just know Durant is cooking something up with his Twitter fingers — and was probably two or three of those likes, to be perfectly honest.
Durant has grown accustomed to burying trolls and even prominent media personalities, so Fournier will get his comeuppance sooner or later.
Even if the Nets superstar lets Fournier slide, you’d better believe he’ll have something special planned the first time the Nets and Knicks square off next season. Whether it be targeting Fournier on every possession down the floor or a filthy crossover that leaves his crosstown rival tumbling to the hardwood, Durant will get his revenge.
While Fournier might seem like the cool new kid on the block, trust us when we say Durant will get the last laugh. You simply can’t come at KD without expecting a retaliation of some sort.