Former Golden State Warriors player Matt Barnes said back in February that the team’s best player, Kevin Durant, was “probably the most hated player in the game” when Barnes appeared on FS1’s “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.”
He was almost right.
It turns out that Durant is the second-most hated player in the NBA after Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, according to an analysis of geo-tagged tweets done by sportsinsider.com.
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The website analyzed over 100,000 tweets from locations in the United States in the two weeks since the NBA Finals ended with the Toronto Raptors’ victory, looking at tweets that mentioned “hating” or “disliking” a specific player.
James was the most disliked player in 25 states, including California and the rest of the West Coast. Durant was the most disliked player in 17 states, including Nevada and Hawaii.
Other players on the list were Kyrie Irving (5 states), Anthony Davis (2 states) and James Harden (1 state).
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Durant, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, announced on Wednesday that he was declining his $31.5 million one-year player option with the Warriors to become an unrestricted free agent.
Drew Costley is an SFGate editorial assistant. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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