The Golden State Warriors signed Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016. It resulted in two titles in three tries for three straight years. Kevin Durant is the finals MVP of both championship run. As expected because of his heroics he should be loved and getting positive attention from the fan base but it goes different.
Ethan Strauss new book The Victory Machine said:
“You did not have to be a star or rising star to draw KD’s envious ire. When former Warriors bench scorer Marreese Speights returned to Oracle Arena, he got a hearty ovation from the crowd. “Mo Buckets” had been a fan favorite, in part due to his tremendous shooting streaks and also due to the broad smile he beamed when riding a wave. He wasn’t a flawless player but his enthusiasm was infectious and the fans were nostalgic for it.
KD, who once complained to a Warriors fan account over Twitter Direct Message that Speights was among the players more accepted by Warriors fans than he, was not pleased.
After the blowout win that followed, as he waited to take the podium stage, Durant was fixated on a TV that hung from the wall. Speights was with the local TV guys, yukking it up. “Mo Buckets,” Durant loudly groused, shaking his head. “How can you call yourself ‘Mo Buckets’ when you never averaged twenty points a game?”
Mo Speights played for the Warriors from 2013-2016, get a career-high of 10.4 points in the championship run.