Earlier this week, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant were back in the headlines for a little dispute they had on Twitter. But in reality, the whole “fight” got blown way out of proportion, and may be the most overrated twitter fight of all time.
This whole “fight” started earlier this week when Kevin Durant said in an interview that James Harden should replace Wade in the NBA’s Top 10 players list.
Wade responded to hearing this news with:
Just minutes later, Durant sent out this gem of a tweet:
Show me don't tweet me..
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) September 25, 2013
The sports media world blew up after this. This little Twitter “fight” was one of the lead topics on Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn, and Sportscenter that night.
Kevin Durant was just answering the questions in the interview honestly. This wasn’t an attack on Dwyane Wade – and the numbers back up Durant’s opinion.
Last year, Harden averaged 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game, and led a young Rockets team past expectations and into the playoffs.
On the other hand, Wade averaged 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game last year as LeBron James’ sidekick.
Going off the regular season numbers alone, it’s pretty clear that Harden had a better season than Wade – but the regular season doesn’t tell the whole story.
Wade struggled mightily in the postseason, while Harden’s numbers actually went up across the board. Wade’s scoring average fell from 21.2 points to 15.6 points per game, and his shooting percentage dropped nearly 70 points. Wade was a shell of his former All-NBA self.
Wade was non-existent at times against the Pacers, and was so bad that LBJ even said that he felt like he was playing in Cleveland again after one of the games.
Dwyane Wade is a Hall-Of-Fame player, but he is a year or two past his prime. The 31-year-old just can’t do some of the things that he used to be able to do, and you can see it in the way he plays now.
Durant answered the question honestly, and Wade took it personally. The media went on to blow up the whole situation, when in reality, it was nothing.
This seriously might be the most overblown Twitter fight of all time/
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