Kevin Durant is not going to like this nickname.
And Durant thought "Slim Reaper" was bad.
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 1, at 11:41 p.m. ET by Jacob Bourne
Durant responded to the nickname with 36 points and 10 rebounds in a 20-point win over the Grizzlies in Game 6. After the game, he addressed the moniker...sort of.
KD on any extra motivation from the headline: "I'm not going to give them credit for nothing. We were down 3-2. We needed to win this game."— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 2, 2014
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 1, at 12:55 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
The Oklahoman released an apology for the context of its headline:
We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma. Thursday’s headline in The Oklahoman on Kevin Durant’s performance in the Memphis series missed the mark.
The words were overstated and unduly harsh. The headline and presentation left the impression that we were commenting on Durant’s season, career or even character. We were not. We were referring only to the Memphis series.
The fact the headline and presentation left that impression with so many readers is proof that we failed.
Whatya say, KD? Apology accepted?
KD's brother hit Twitter in response to The Oklahoman's headline:
Mr. Unreliable huh? Smh!!!!!!— IM ME!!!!! (@LifeOfTonyD35) May 1, 2014
Mama Durant joined in on the fun too:
Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!— Wanda Pratt (@MamaDurant) May 1, 2014
And of course Russell Westbrook spoke up:
Westbrook on the headline: "That's BS in my eyes."— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 1, 2014
Durant himself eventually weighed in on the matter, and he was predictably hard on himself, per The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry:
Durant on The Oklahoman's headline: "That's what they're supposed to write. I didn't come through for the team."— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 1, 2014
Now, if Durant truly is "Mr. Unreliable," does that make Russell Westbrook "Mr. Habitually Inefficient?"
[Twitter, h/t Darren Rovell]