The Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook beef is still going strong. On Tuesday, Nike announced Durant’s newest KD 10 shoe design, and it’s the cupcake-inspired KDX Red Velvet.
Here is Nike’s news release on the new shoe, via ESPN:
“With a style of play as smooth as velvet, KD is known for having the most fluid game in the game today,” Nike said in a news release. “Effortlessly making defenders look helpless, always ready to cook his next victim. He dominates the game with unrivaled versatility, forever motivated by the sweet taste of victory. At the end of the day, winning is all that matters and anything else is just icing on the cake. The KDX ‘Red Velvet’ celebrates the smoothest player in the game and his undying quest for the sweet taste of victory.”
Cupcakes seem innocent enough, right? Not when it comes to Durant and Westbrook’s history.
After Durant signed with the Warriors last summer, Westbrook shared a photo of cupcakes on Independence Day, sending a couple of veiled shots at Durant.
The “cupcake” handle caught on with Thunder fans. One fan even trolled Durant with a customized #35 “cupcake” jersey. Memes started popping up everywhere, and the Thunder crowd chanted “cupcake” at Durant when Golden State visited Oklahoma City in February.
Durant has embraced the nickname before. In April, he posed with a plate of cupcakes at a San Francisco Giants game.
KD posing with the cupcakes at the Giants game. Vicious. pic.twitter.com/kOslfB8492
— Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) April 28, 2017
He and Warriors teammates have also worn cupcake shirts and hats. When it comes to the KDX Red Velvets, Durant gets the last laugh as he’s the one collecting paychecks off the whole saga.