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Gilbert Arenas weighs in on the Kevin Durant-Kendrick Perkins argument

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Gilbert Arenas weighs in on the Kevin Durant-Kendrick Perkins argument

The NBA is never boring, especially on Twitter. The most recent example of this came when Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant got into it on the app.

Perkins had tweeted that he would be going on ESPN's "SportsCenter" to explain why he believed Russell Westbrook was the best player to ever put on an Oklahoma City Thunder jersey.

Immediately, the replies came in questioning why he would choose Westbrook over Durant. Kendrick gave some reasoning, stemming from his time playing there, and Durant took notice. From there, the Twitter beef began.

Quickly, many began to weigh in on the argument and take sides. That included former Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas, who took to Instagram to share his thoughts.

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@therealkendrickperkins everyone has there opinion about @easymoneysniper GS move and as a hooper u should have put more thought into what u said so I'll give u an history lesson..2012 a young and upcoming okc team went to the finals being (inexperience) they lost to the HEAT...2013 the team didn't succeed like they would have wanted.that summer OKC ownership made the dumbest move by not securing (harden) if u can put harden back.(KD/Russ/harden) was more powerful then (curry/klay/green) which later became the team too beat (GS 1 ring ) could have been Easily been (OKC 3 peat if harden never left) but let's keep 2016 okc takes. 3-1 to GS and loses.cavs won the championship that season.KD is a free's where short minded thinkers fail to realize @easymoneysniper had no choice..OKC was moving backwards in progress..NOW here's why KD had no guys sit on tv with pushing rings and legacy down fans throats so KD is a free agent at 27 years old with a sheet that looks like this👀7 time all star.7 time all Nba...4 time scoring champ..1 time mvp..2 time allstar mvp.2 time gold medalists💯 there's not 5 NBA players in history that can say they were FIRST BALLET HALL OF FAMERS by 27...the only thing needed as an individual player was (ring and finals mvp) now let's take a look at opinions..only two teams that can give him those two boxes were GS and cavs who were the champs..being the champs cavs wasn't making a move..actually like me say this better..CAVS being cheap asses wasn't gonna sign KD (Dan Gilbert bought that team in 2005) the biggest outside free agent they have signed was @thereallhughes in 2005...that was 15 years ago...contracts has double since then and that's still the biggest outside free agent signings 🤔🤦🏾‍♂️ so the only team that's left was someone checking boxes off his nba career that was the smartest move he could have made💯I'm sorry Kendrick but everyone is not lucky enough to be a sorry ass rebuilding Boston team and bam bam two ex Boston players (Danny A and mchale) does a deal that makes u a u think u light skinned with ya chest out 😂 PS I agree with 99% of the stuff u spit tho 💯👌🏾

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Clearly, Arenas is siding with Durant. Arenas argued that Durant's move to Golden State was not a bad move, but rather the best for the player. He believed that the Thunder were going backwards after not bringing back James Harden and Durant, who had already done everything in his career besides win a ring, made the correct decision in joining the Warriors despite the backlash it received. 

Arenas came at Perkins hard stating Perkins was lucky to get a ring with the 2008 Boston Celtics due to Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett being brought in, but did provide a large amount of support for his argument, something he thought Perkins didn't do. He did, however, end the caption by saying he agrees with 99 percent of what Perkins has to say, so maybe the beef will stay between Durant and Perkins.

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Kevin Durant's return home came with starry and crumbling news, along with another Warriors win

Kevin Durant's return home came with starry and crumbling news, along with another Warriors win

CAPITAL ONE ARENA -- Kevin Durant found out part of his past came crumbling down.

Hordes of reporters and cameras awaited Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors’ other superstars outside the visiting locker room following Thursday’s 126-118 over the pesky Washington Wizards. They had questions, about the team’s ninth consecutive win and Durant becoming a 10-time All-Star hours earlier.

Friends and family attended the Suitland native’s lone regular-season appearance in his hometown. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco’s congressional representative and a rather important person on planet earth, stood by with her entourage to greet some of her most famous constituents.

They would wait. Durant, one of three Warriors with local connections, needed details on the place where he first garnered national attention.

Wearing a black t-shirt from soul singer Tina Turner’s 1993 “What’s Love” tour, the 6-foot-11 scoring machine stood inside a near-empty locker room. Media members were told Golden State’s main players would speak in front of a team-logoed backdrop in the hall. Having jostled for prime position, none budged, leaving ample space for Durant to chat peacefully.

One of the locker room attendants filled KD in on his alma mater. Montrose Christian, once a national prep basketball power in this century's first decade, no longer existed. 

Durant knew the school closed. His eyes grew wide when he learned the latest. The tiny non-descript campus steps from bustling Rockville Pike, which once served as proving grounds for future NBA players including Durant, Greivis Vasquez, and Terrance Ross, was mere rubble. 

Irony popped with this tear-down revelation. His trip home included the official opening of a new building, The Durant Center, an educational center in his native Prince George’s County. 

The high school wreckage disclosure also came after Golden State finally broke down the Wizards for its ninth consecutive win, the longest streak in the NBA this season.

“It feels good. Every win in the NBA is tough, it’s hard to win in the NBA, so we’re not going to take it for granted,” Durant said after scoring 21 points. “But we are striving for perfection every night, and I think tonight was a step in the right direction. We have played in spurts, but we can do better.”

Few players in the league perform at a higher level than the two-time Finals MVP. Fate landed him in Washington when the NBA announced he and Curry were selected starters for the 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte next month.

“I appreciate all the votes and people that recognize my game and the rest of the All-Stars. It’s a joy that we share the court with players you respect and admire, and compete against every night,” Durant said.

Like Durant, Warriors guard Quinn Cook grew up in PG County. This game means plenty to a kid who grew up rooting for the Wizards. 

Cook's happy return home suffered a horrific twist before the reunion started. 

Cook took advantage of every opportunity in his youth to attend Wizards home games. He was one of those kids clamoring for player autographs. Alongside DeMatha teammate and current Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo, Cook honed his game hoping to reach the show. Now he’s the one the next generation seeks out with pen and paper. 

Undrafted after a standout four-year career at Duke, Cook bounced around looking for a professional home before latching on with Golden State for the 2017-18 season, the same year Durant arrived. Though he did not play Thursday, the 6-foot-2 guard has turned into a helpful piece off the bench for a Golden State team looking to win a third title in three years.

“Puts things into perspective of how far you came on your journey,” Cook said pre-game of his return home. “You see all the people that helped you get to where you are.  It’s humbling. Gives you a little more motivation when you leave because you know what you’re doing it for.”

This visit came with fresh pain.

Around the same time Cook attended the opening of The Durant Center Wednesday night, Oladipo suffered a brutal season-ending knee injury.

“I was messed up,” Cook said upon learning of Oladipo’s fate. “My girl told me about, and I saw it. I talked to [Victor] last night. He’s in good spirits. That’s part of the game. You never want to see somebody go down like that. If anybody could come back from that, he could.”

Former Georgetown standout Marcus Derrickson rounded out Golden State’s local contingent. The power forward on a two-way contract chatted with reporters before the game about his rookie season and the current happenings with the Hoyas. 

Such reunions provide nostalgia, perspective, and news. Durant, Cook, and Derrickson received healthy doses of each on Golden State’s dime. 

Durant put up plenty of his money -- $10 million – toward helping students with needed academic, financial, and social-emotional resources to achieve their college and career goals.

“It feels good doing something that impacts where you came from,” Durant said. “I’m sure everybody probably feels the same way about their community.”

Communities change, buildings rise and fall. Durant experienced both in one trip back home along with another team win. The game, No. 48 on the season, was worth the wait.


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Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant fulfills promise, officially opens The Durant Center

Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant fulfills promise, officially opens The Durant Center

Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant is continuing to give back to the D.C. area community.

On Wednesday, the Prince George's County native opened The Durant Center, a new state-of-the-art facility offering students the academic, financial, and social-emotional resources to achieve their college and career goals.

In partnership with College Track  - a 10-year comprehensive college completion program aiming to help students from low-income communities become the first in their families to graduate from college - the inaugural class of 69 local students will be provided with tutoring and services for college scholarships. 

Durant has made a 10-year, $10 million commitment to the program. 

When my foundation partnered with College Track last year, we said from day one we wanted it to live inside a facility we could develop for Prince George’s County. The opening of the Durant Center is truly a dream come true for me and my family.

This will be the first of many collaborations between the Kevin Durant Foundation and Prince George's County as The Durant Center will be a home base for College Track and other educational programs in the county. 

Durant welcomed the inaugural class with a special ceremony on Wednesday as he and the Warriors are in town to face the Wizards Thursday night at Capital One Arena.