“I use Twitter to engage with fans,” he said at a technology conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little too far.”
“I do regret using my former coach’s name and the former organization I played for. That was childish. That was idiotic, all those type of words. I apologize for that.”
His use of the third person in the tweets prompted much speculation that Durant thought he was using another account, perhaps as a sock puppet to get his point across anonymously. Durant denied that, though he acknowledged, “It did kind of look that way.”
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers seemed to be archly commenting on the contretemps with his own third-person tweet:
The Thunder player Enes Kanter strongly defended his team:
Durant was the subject of much criticism after his move to Golden State. The consensus among many fans, although by no means all, was that by joining a superteam he was taking the easy way to a championship.
In any case, it worked. Durant and the Warriors won the title in June in his first season with the team.