Atlanta Hawks fans found a savage way to troll Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. The Warriors were facing the Hawks in Atlanta, and when Durant went to the line to shoot a free throw in the third quarter, the crowd used his recent fight with Draymond Green to try and distract him.
“DRAYMOND HATES YOU” is both vicious and creative, which makes it the perfect chant. But it didn’t have its desired effect — Durant made both free throws, and the Warriors beat the Hawks 128-111.
Wait, does Draymond Green actually hate Kevin Durant?
Well, “hate” is a strong word. The chant is the result of some on (and off) court beef between Green and Durant that bubbled over in mid November, in the final seconds of regulation of a Warriors-Clippers game. With the game tied, Green had the ball and Durant wanted it. Someone on the Warriors had to get a shot off to at least attempt to break the tie, but Green dribbled himself into trouble, got tangled up and fell over as the clock ran to zero.
Kevin Durant & Draymond Green get into a heated exchange after Draymond failed to get a shot off at the end of regulation during the Warriors loss to the Clippers. pic.twitter.com/uYROz4bld1
On the bench before overtime, Durant was seen shouting at Green about his decision to keep the ball rather than pass it so someone could try to win the game. When the Warriors lost in overtime, the on-the-court yelling turned into a vicious locker room confrontation, with Green unleashing a tirade on Durant that reportedly criticized how he’d handled his impending free agency.
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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) pats Draymond Green (23) on the chest after a turnover during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with teammate Draymond Green (23) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
From left, Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry display their all-star jerseys before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
From left, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry laugh during their rally for winning the NBA championship Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is celebrating its second championship in the past three years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
LeBron James (23) de los Cavaliers de Cleveland discute con Draymond Green (23) y Kevin Durant (35) de los Warriors de Golden State en la final de la NBA, el viernes 9 de junio de 2017. (AP Foto/Ron Schwane)
Kevin Durant (izquierda) y Draymond Green, de los Warriors de Golden State, festejan durante el primer encuentro de la final de la NBA ante los Cavaliers de Cleveland, el jueves 1 de junio de 2017 (AP Foto/Marcio José Sánchez)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, left, looks on from the bench with Draymond Green, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Warriors won 119-108. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, right, receives a hug from teammate Draymond Green (23) following Game 3 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, left, and Kevin Durant pose for photos during NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Next to Green are Kevin Durant, left, and Klay Thompson. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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The Warriors suspended Green one game for the locker room incident, but it doesn’t seem like relations between the two have warmed in the weeks since. If that chant catches on, it’ll be hard for them — or anyone — to forget it happened.