When Kevin Durant decided to leave Oklahoma City for Oakland during the summer of 2016, his detractors (and there are many of them) assigned him the nickname of 'Snake,' establishing it by leaving snake emojis in the comment section of his social media posts. However, as the reigning Finals MVP and front-runner to repeat, it's Durant's turn to do the trash talking and he isn't backing off just yet.
Earlier today, Durant hopped on Instagram Stories to show off his new sneakers from Nike—a black and green colorway of the KD 10 featuring emoji-like snake graphics on the tongue. His caption simply read "New Shoes," a subtle dismissal of those who continue to fill his comments with negativity.
This isn't the first time that Durant has addressed critics with the KD 10. Last summer, Nike released a "Red Velvet" colorway referencing the 'Cupcake' nickname given to him by the OKC fanbase following his departure. The Warriors-themed colorway Durant laced up for the NBA Finals also dropped with custom insoles featuring various insults hurled his way in reaction to his free agency decision.