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Kevin Durant signs with Golden State Warriors, Lil B lifts curse

Five long years.


April Siese


Posted on Jul 4, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 12:27 pm CDT

NBA’s free agency period may have been just another memeable sports event to throw a Crying Jordan face on for many, but for Kevin Durant, the contract negotiation process was serious business.

Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder a cursed man in search of a team, only to be picked up by the Golden State Warriors. The small forward made his announcement on Monday via the Player’s Tribune, a media site started by beloved New York Yankee Derek Jeter vying to give athletes a voice in this cacophony of “sources say” journalism.

Perhaps the biggest question hanging over Durant’s signing to the Warriors has to do with one of the team’s biggest fans: Lil B. The rapper and the athlete have been feuding for five solid years. It started with a diss and turned into one hellacious playoff series after another for Durant.

Since Lil B issued that fateful tweet on May 26, 2011, Durant has failed spectacularly while vying for the NBA championship. The tables appeared to be turning this season, when Lil B marveled at the star athlete’s attempts to fight through the curse during a harrowing Warriors-Thunder semifinals which saw Golden State best OKC in an unforgettable come-from-behind series victory.

Though Durant never quite apologized to Lil B about that whole “whack rapper” thing, this beef may have been bigger than a simple now-deleted tweet. Shortly after Durant’s announcement, a tweet from the based heavens descended on earth.

Something tells me this is the kind of curse-lifting firepower the Warriors needed to beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Next season shall be lit and so shall seasons to come. Sure, the 2016 NBA finals weren’t the ideal outcome for Golden State, but it sure taught us a lot and brought us to a beautiful ending of one of the most iconic rivalries in sports history. Thank you, based god.

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*First Published: Jul 4, 2016, 1:45 pm CDT