Whether or not Kevin Durant was being tongue-in-cheek or serious about being nicknamed “The Servant,” maybe we’ll never know (Editor's note: I stand corrected. KD has an answer for all of us. See below).
What we do know is Stephen A. Smith isn’t calling Durant “The Servant.” He said so much on ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday.
Btw…I never said KD meant anything with the “servant” nickname nor did I say it was about Race. I said I’m not calling a BLACK man that.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 19, 2014
Ah, the elephant in the room is out – the racial element. Personally, “The Servant” rubbed me as kind of offputting as well.
Then again, Durant has not been shy about being a servant of God, and explained well enough what he meant by the nickname.
“I like to serve everybody. My teammates. Ushers at the game. The fans,” Durant said in the interview with Bill Simmons during All-Star weekend.
KD isn’t stupid. He’s either A.) Genuine beyond reproach (he’s really all about serving). B.) He’s using “The Servant” as a play on serving the league his wrath via wins, points, assists, etc. C.) He’s taking us on the ride of a lifetime with this whole nickname game, or … D.) He’s taking a subtle dig at LeBron – playing “The Servant” to the throne of “King James.”
— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) February 19, 2014
I’m still confused.
UPDATE: CONFUSED NO MORE.
Kevin Durant: "I was just joking around with the Servant thing". Said to call him Kevin or KD.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 19, 2014
The answer is C.