Kevin Durant and LeBron James spend a lot of time together in the offseason, but don't expect that to happen with KD and ESPN personality Skip Bayless any time soon.
For the second time since April, Durant lobbed a response at Bayless, an Oklahoma City native, for derogatory remarks he's made on Twitter.
Bayless, who constantly refers to Durant as his favorite player, seems to use it more as a defense mechanism for his back-handed remarks about the Thunder and its superstar.
On Tuesday, Durant Tweeted that he is working out with James for a second consecutive offseason in James' hometown of Akron, Ohio. This coming shortly after the two won Olympic gold together in London on the heels of facing one another in the NBA Finals in June.
Bayless chose to weigh in on the matter, questioning the motives on LeBron's end of the friendship via Twitter.
Bayless released this series of Tweets:
"My fave player, KDurant, again falls into LeBron's trap, working out & buddying up w/ him. No, KD! Destroyed u in Finals b/c didn't fear u."
"2 Finals ago Mavs got in LeBron's face & head. Chosen One became Frozen One. KD let LeBron play in BFF comfort zone & attack basket w/o fear."
"Wake up, KD: LeBron is keeping his friends close and his enemy closer. You're letting him OWN you."
The final Tweet elicited a response from the Thunder's All-Star forward. Durant's response was not on Twitter long, but he expressed his displeasure for Bayless' assumptions.
"u brainwashing these people out here, they think since you on espn you know what u talkin bout… please, nobody owns me."
Durant went on to delete his post but this is the second time Durant has been pushed into a response by the controversial Bayless, who routinely blasted Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook until Durant called him out for it last season.
This is what Durant said to the media on April 2 in response to Bayless' remarks on Westbrook, who he consistently referred to ask 'West-brick:'
"That guy doesn't know a thing. I don't think he watches us," Durant said. "I think he just looks at the stats. And traditionally, a point guard is not supposed to take more shots than everybody else on the team. But we're better when he does do that and he's aggressive. And I'm better when I'm out there facilitating, rebounding, defending and being more efficient on my shots with less shots."