There was a game within a game Thursday night.
I didn’t get it at first when Kevin Durant and hip hop artist Rihanna had some weird connection going on in the middle of a potential series-clincher for the Thunder. Rihanna was sitting courtside at Thunder-Clippers Game 6.
Pink, err, Rihanna (with Pink hair) yelling something at Durant and pointing at him as Westbrook shot free throws. Kevin looks and grins.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 16, 2014
When I first read that stuff on Twitter, it looked like either some mid-game flirting (possible) or like Rihanna was talking smack (also possible).
Then it all made sense. Rap mogul Jay Z represents Durant via Roc Nation Sports. Rihanna is under the Roc Nation label umbrella run by Jay Z. I’m admittedly not a hip hop connoisseur, but I probably should have known this.
Rihanna is also the on-again-off-again girlfriend of rapper Drake — who’s also friendly with Durant — so there’s that, too. Durant’s has even said that if he could start a record label, he’d sign both artists.
Rihanna offered support to Durant and the Thunder on Twitter following the game.
Congrats to my R.O.C. brother @KDTrey5 !!! Great game tonight OKC
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 16, 2014
I don’t know what’s more impressive:
1. That Durant dropped 39 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a closeout game without Serge Ibaka, and with Russell Westbrook struggling, or
2. That Durant did all that while going back-and-forth with a pink-haired lady in the middle of a closeout game.
I guess that’s why he’s the MVP.