When Skip Bayless speaks, people listen. Not because he boasts insight or authority, but because his opinions are often enough to evoke a visceral reaction.
As Kevin Durant demonstrated on Tuesday, that can even be the case when the Fox Sports 1 commentator is heaping praise on players. The “Undisputed” host was effusive in his admiration for Durant on Twitter after the latter led an undermanned Nets team to a 131-129 overtime win over the Nets.
Brooklyn, down seven players due to COVID-19, relied heavily on Durant’s 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the victory. But Bayless used his praise for Durant as an opportunity to take a shot at the Lakers’ LeBron James. Los Angeles, amid a two-game win streak, did not play on Tuesday.
It’s uncertain if Bayless’ shot at James is what prompted a response from the Nets superstar, but the latter certainly didn’t take kindly to the tweet:
Bayless wasn’t dissuaded by Durant’s reaction, doubling down with yet more praise in a tweet an hour later:
Steve Nash just said forfeiting was an option tonight because they wouldn’t have enough bodies. Kevin Durant was iffy on a bad ankle. But KD insisted on playing, played 48 minutes (sometimes with 4 rookies) and Nets won in OT. Best record in East by 2.5 games! KD MVP!!!
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 15, 2021
This isn’t the first time Durant and Bayless have had run-ins, with the former reportedly asking a reporter in 2016 to ask him a question about the then-ESPN host just so he could tee off on him in a postgame news conference.
Needless to say: Durant’s reaction to Bayless’ praise on Tuesday didnt come from nowhere.