The vibes are excellent for the Brooklyn Nets these days.
Forget those early-season James Harden lowlights and the Kyrie Irving drama. Brooklyn is currently running through the competition while piling up defensive metrics that’d make Tom Thibodeau blush.
The offense has been excellent too, though. So excellent that there’s been no room for rookie pressure cooker Cam Thomas, the team’s first-rounder out of LSU.
After capturing Summer League MVP honors, Thomas has mostly been relegated to towel duty. Hey, c’est la vie when you’re the irrational confidence guy on the presumptive Eastern Conference favorites.
That just means he’s got plenty of time to respond to the most bait-able online superstar on the team in Kevin Durant, who started an Instagram flame war with Thomas in the wake of the team’s 123-90 win over the Magic in Orlando.
That’s right — this time, Durant actually started it.
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant talked smack to youngblood Cam Thomas.
What was KD trying to prove here, by the way? We all know Durant’s a better scoring option and defensive stalwart than Thomas at this moment — and likely for the rest of their respective careers.
The rook was just captured in a picture! That’s it? That … really seems like it.
Durant doesn’t really have to pull out many stats these days for ammunition considering Thomas’ stat line is as starkly empty as your local bodega’s toilet paper shelves last March. In seven contests so far, he’s averaging under four minutes a game, and hasn’t had the immediate and fanciful impact many of us enthusiastically predicted last summer when he was cleaning up in Vegas.
Someday, Thomas could very well be the range-less wonder we all expect him to be. For now, Jevon Carter’s the better option. It is what it is.
Clearly, though, if you’re a rookie and you get so much as photographed standing in the general vicinity of Kevin Durant, you better have a snappy comeback at the ready. Because KD doesn’t even want the world to know you two talk.