Even when he's earning the first ejection of his career, Kevin Durant manages to look like a good dude. KD stood up a little too demonstratively for his teammate, Kendrick Perkins, who was whistled for an offensive foul against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night.
Durant let loose with a couple of angrily dismissive gestures and some choice words to earn his dismissal. Naturally, he made good with a few fans on the way out, slapping fives with some kids as he hit the tunnel.
It was tough to read his lips, but there's a good chance he also got mad at the official for using up too much of his data plan by downloading Doodle Jump.
Given the novelty of the ejection, Twitter quickly erupted with surprise:
Kevin Durant just got ejected. Hold up, what?— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) January 2, 2013
B/R Lead Writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss took a (warranted) shot at KD's cinematic pursuits in his reaction:
We all just saw a Thunderstruck deleted scene— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) January 2, 2013
And finally, "Not Bill Walton" gave Russell Westbrook an idea. As if he needed encouragement to shoot more:
With Durant now ejected, this will be the greatest 2 minutes of play of Russell Westbrook's career. No Durant & his team down by 16. SHOOT!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) January 2, 2013
In a year of many potential firsts (MVP and 50-40-90 club, anyone?), Durant has already added a new accomplishment to his mantle.