Oklahoma Newspaper Front Page Calls Kevin Durant 'Mr. Unreliable'

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014


Kevin Durant is not going to like this nickname.

After shooting 40 percent through the first five games of the Oklahoma City Thunder's first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, Durant incurred the wrath of a local newspaper:

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.

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?

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KD's brother hit Twitter in response to The Oklahoman's headline:

Mama Durant joined in on the fun too:

And of course Russell Westbrook spoke up:

Durant himself eventually weighed in on the matter, and he was predictably hard on himself, per The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry:

Now, if Durant truly is "Mr. Unreliable," does that make Russell Westbrook "Mr. Habitually Inefficient?"

[Twitter, h/t Darren Rovell