Jayden Moore Responds to Kevin Durant After Nets Star's Criticism of Viral Video

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 20, 2021

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After a video of Jayden Moore went viral, showing the young basketball player pulling off a series of moves on the court, Kevin Durant publicly noted that he wasn't exactly impressed. 

But to the young player's credit, he responded with humility:

Jayden Moore @JJudah02

Thanks for the constructive criticism.. I’ve grown from my 6th grade year! Maybe we can work on some stuff together!! All love🖤 Hopefully I can get to where you at one day! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/keepgrinding?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#keepgrinding</a>

In Durant's defense, Moore pretty clearly traveled. He also missed the shot. The move also likely wouldn't create separation against elite competition as Moore continues to develop and grow as a player. 

And Durant further commented that it was less about the move itself and more about developing good habits on the court:

Kevin Durant @KDTrey5

It’s about habits man <a href="https://t.co/61isZrF8h9">https://t.co/61isZrF8h9</a>

Moore had his viral moment. But Durant provided a bit of tough love to the young player, offering a reminder that just because it flashes and sizzles doesn't mean it's sound basketball.