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Kevin Durant goes at it with teenager in direct messages over critical Instagram post

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Professional athletes are more accessible to fans than they’ve ever been.

Social media allows fans unprecedented access into the lives of their favorite figures. It also allows anyone with a computer or smart phone to attempt to reach out to these athletes and share their opinions.

Most of the time you do that, you’re not going to get a response. But every once in a blue moon…

Kalyb Champion runs the Instagram @bucketscenter, and styles himself as a “bold and controversial” teenage basketball analyst. Tuesday morning, Champion posted a photo showing Kevin Durant next to Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis, saying the three were elite players who “don’t elevate a team quite like LeBron and Steph due to their playmaking/leadership deficiencies.”

Durant took slight offense to that. He commented, “Bruh go sweep ya dorm room, u don’t know hoops. Stop tagging me in this trash.”

It’s unclear who initiated the stream of direct messages, but Champion later posted a series of screenshots showing his conversation with Durant.

At what appears to be near the beginning of the conversation, Durant calls Champion a “Middle school/knock off stephen a.”

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“You know it’s true that’s why your insecure ass responded to me,” Champion said. “Why don’t you actually prove you can LEAD a team to a championship. Not even in the same galaxy as LeBron.”

“Who brought up lebron?” Durant said. “You took (it) real personal. Relax but, it’s just basketball. You’ve been tagging me in post for months, I respond and u finally speak your mind lol. Nice.”

“How did I take anything personal you called me knock off Stephen a buddy,” said Champion.

The two go back and forth for a bit, but the conversation appears to culminate when Champion tells Durant to use his doubt as motivation.

“Nah buddy you’re like 12, your opinion will not be used as any motivation, ” said Durant. “Y’all got people thinking that since I get buckets in the nba I’m too big and famous to be a black man at 7pm on a Tuesday, scrolling through Instagram. Lol y’all are too funny. I like Instagram. I like basketball. You GOTS to be trippin if I’m not gonna chime in every here and there lol ha.”