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Kevin Durant roasts Raptors fans who cheered Achilles injury in Finals

Kevin Durant roasts Raptors fans who cheered Achilles injury in Finals

Kevin Durant is not forgetful. 

The former Warriors star revealed as much in an interview with Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes published Wednesday. Durant, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency this summer, clapped back at Toronto Raptors fans in Scotiabank Arena who clapped and cheered his torn Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June.

“It will probably be the last time they will be in the Finals,” Durant told Haynes. 

Durant, according to Haynes, "doesn't remember hearing the fans that night," but it's possible he just jump-started a new rivalry in the dramatically revamped Eastern Conference.

The Raptors might not look much like defending champions next season following the departure of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in free agency, while longtime point guard Kyle Lowry can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Toronto has 25-year-old wing Pascal Siakam and 22-year-old OG Anunoby to fall back on as young cornerstones, but the Raptors' reign in the East isn't set to last very long at all with Kyrie Irving and Durant in Brooklyn, and Al Horford joining up with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

[RELATED: KD doesn't blame Warriors for torn Achilles]

The Nets won't have Durant for much if not all of next season, however, as he continues to recover from the ruptured Achilles. Given the absence of Leonard and Durant from any Nets-Raptors games, Toronto and Brooklyn conceivably could be fighting for playoff positioning next season, and Durant's comments should add some extra spice. 

While Durant's likely Chase Center debut during the 2020-21 season is one that most NBA fans will have circled, his first game back in Toronto surely won't be too far behind following his quip. 

Kobe Bryant's death made Kendrick Perkins want to end Kevin Durant beef

Kobe Bryant's death made Kendrick Perkins want to end Kevin Durant beef

Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins played together in Oklahoma City from February 2011 to February 2015.

KD used to say that Perk was his favorite teammate ever. But the two recently had a falling out of sorts, which culminated in a highly publicized Twitter exchange a couple of weeks ago.

But in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant's unthinkable passing, Perkins has extended an olive branch to Durant.

It started with a tweet Sunday afternoon.

"I'm not about to let that go another day down the drain behind a B.S. Twitter beef that's not called for," Perkins later explained during an exclusive phone conversation with NBC Sports Boston's Gary Tanguay. "And our brotherhood, our friendship is more valuable.

"And I also wanted the world to see, hey, if you having problems with a loved one, a friend, a family member, whoever, hey. Life is too short. The next 60 seconds is not promised. Nip that in the bud and heal those wounds with those people that you love and get past it. That's what I wanted to do.

"And I wanted to reach out to KD to let him know like, I love you bro. And I'm not afraid to let the world see that I love you."

One would have to assume that Perkins has tried to contact the two-time NBA MVP directly, but hasn't been able to get through.

KD -- like many others across the globe -- probably still is mourning Kobe's tragic death.

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How this Kobe Bryant story defined his unmatched work ethic, greatness

How this Kobe Bryant story defined his unmatched work ethic, greatness

The three hours before an NBA game in an arena are pretty dull. I was covering a Warriors-Lakers game at Oracle Arena back in 2013 and it was 4:30 p.m. I was painfully bored. 

Rookies and other young big men were working on their post-up moves on one basket. The "Flying Dubs" were practicing their dunks off trampolines onto a landing pad at the other end. The Warriors cheerleaders were going over their choreography at center court.

It was the base of the totem pole of the NBA hierarchy.

But then all of a sudden, I heard a commotion: Kobe Bryant was emerging from the players' tunnel. Everyone stopped what they were doing and watched him. Even the DJ cut the cheerleaders’ music. We were in the presence of an actual immortal.

He started with 10 free throws. Sunk them all. Shot five threes from the corner. Then the wing. Top of the key. Then the other wing and corner.

He made all 25.

Then, he switched to the shots he was known for. The stepback from the free-throw line, the sprint to the elbow and pull-up jumper, and of course, the turn-around fadeaway from the baseline.

He didn’t miss once.

It wasn’t the fact that he made all his shots. It was the fact that he was on the back end of his career. He was 17 years into the league and had already won 5 NBA titles.

He already was one of the greatest players of his generation and he was warming up right next to bench-warming rookies and the halftime entertainment.

There was nothing left to prove. But there he was, honing his craft.

It was like watching Adele slum it at a karaoke bar. Or seeing Da Vinci at a wine-and-paint night. It was incredible to witness. And it was in that moment that I truly understood his greatness.

On Sunday, Kobe, his 13-year old daughter Gianna, and seven others tragically were killed in a helicopter crash. He was 41 years old.

[RELATED: Warriors try to reconcile before first game in Kobe's hometown]

As a Warriors fan who hates the Lakers, there are few players I rooted against harder than Kobe Bean Bryant. But I respected the hell out of him. And I think that’s the greatest compliment you could ever give a rival. 

#RIPKobe