As the New York Knicks-Brooklyn Nets rivalry heats up, another war of words is brewing between two of the league's biggest stars. Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade are two of the NBA's best players. They seem cool with each other when the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder play each other, but after Durant made a dig at Wade, things are getting a little heated between the two.
Durant has been on a media tour promoting his sponsors so naturally he is giving plenty of interviews in front of the camera. This never spells anything but trouble for NBA stars. While interviewing with CineSports, Durant was asked about the Sports Illustrated Top 10 list that includes players like Wade. Noah Coslov asked who Durant believed was missing, to which he responded James Harden. When asked who he believed Harden should replace on the list, Durant said Wade.
Ouch. Wade is a three-time NBA champion and a previous winner of the Finals MVP award. He has certainly achieved a lot in his 10-year career despite injuries overshadowing some of his earlier dominance. Durant no longer believes Wade is in the top tier of NBA players.
Wade got ahold of Durant's comments and used every athletes worst enemy to express his feelings. Wade posted a motivational message on Instagram saying, "9-24-13 Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the Top 10...Note to self, Make him respect your place in history....again..."
Wade has very nice hand writing. It took only 12 minutes for Durant to respond with a follow-up message on Twitter, "Show me don't tweet me." In Wade's defense, he did not tweet Durant, but posted an Instagram photo. C'mon Durant, get your social media platforms straight.
The online battle only makes the Gatorade commercial featuring the two athletes that much better. Do not forget the moment of trashing talking between the two during the 2012 NBA Finals where Miami won the title over Oklahoma. Durant appeared sincere in the interview, not appearing to want to start some sort of beef or send disrespect Wade's way, but hey, whatever it takes to get motivated.
The Heat and Thunder have put together some memorable matchups in the past and this should only make things better. The two teams face off for the first time on January 29 in Miami.