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25 NBA Stars Who Rapidly Went From Hero To Villain

Darren - October 21, 2021
NBA

25 NBA Stars Who Rapidly Went From Hero To Villain

Darren - October 21, 2021
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2. Kevin Durant

It’s ironic that the most-hated players were often the most loved. That’s the case of Durant who was an icon in Oklahoma City before he quit the franchise. When he departed, fans burnt and even blew up his jerseys because they felt such a sense of betrayal. The Golden State Warriors were delighted to bring the 10-time All-Star to the West Coast. But they didn’t know that he would betray them too.

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His on-court feud with teammate Draymond Green in 2020 revealed what everybody knew (via Clutchpoints). Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets with a cloud hanging over him. The reason he provokes such a passionate reaction is that he’s a brilliant player. But he’s definitely out for himself which is something that fans can’t accept. That’s why he’s well and truly earned villain status.

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1. Kyrie Irving

It’s safe to say that the Brooklyn Nets didn’t expect this when they rolled the red carpet out for Irving. They attempted to create an instant contender by bringing Irving, Durant, and finally, James Harden to New York. Immediately, there was talk of a new NBA superteam but then Irving threw a spanner in the works. He missed most of his first season because of injuries.

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Then the Nets fell short in the playoffs against the Bucks. However, Irving made the full transition to villain after refusing to accept a vaccine in 2021 (via FOX Sports). This went against New York state mandates and meant that the Nets couldn’t play him. It was a very frustrating position for the franchise because there was nothing that they could do except look at trade options.

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