Posted April 12, 2013

Thunder’s Kevin Durant fined for ‘menacing’ throat slash gesture

Ben Golliver, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

The NBA fined Thunder forward Kevin Durant $25,000 on Friday “for making a menacing gesture” during the second quarter of Thursday’s 116-97 victory at Golden State.

With 1:36 remaining in the second quarter, Durant charged down the paint to finish a dunk in transition after teammate Russell Westbrook’s massive block. After he landed, Durant briefly moved his right hand across his neck, as if slashing his throat, before going back on defense. The dunk gave Oklahoma City a 55-49 lead in the nationally televised game.

The Oklahoman reported Durant’s postgame explanation for the gesture:

“Kill ‘em and pray for ‘em after the game,” Durant said of his new celebration.

“It’s nothing against the team I’m playing against,” Durant said of his animated moves, adding that somebody encouraged him to do it following a highlight dunk. “Come out with a mindset and be friends after the game.”

There definitely seems to be a new edge to Durant, 24, this year after the Thunder’s loss to the Heat in the 2012 Finals. The three-time scoring champion has participated in a “KD is not nice” marketing campaign and has accumulated a career-high 12 technical fouls (two shy of the league lead), including the first ejection of his six-year career. This also marks the first time that Durant has been fined for violating league rules.

Durant finished with a game-high 31 points (on 10-for-16 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 34 minutes against the Warriors. The win gave Oklahoma City (58-21) a half-game lead over San Antonio (57-21) for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Video via YouTube user dailythunder

5 comments
knjimd
knjimd

SHAME ON THE NBA!   --- Kevin DUrant is 100% class and also a baller and a competitor   --- it was not like he was standing as a thud above the player and pounding his chest   -- you  got the wrong dude to go after go after the fake brother - J - Zeeeeeee

riley8
riley8

$25k for that? You've gotta be kidding me.  I wonder if Lequeen would have been fined.  Nice dunk KD.

troynalls
troynalls

@MerleDickey Well liked does not win championships. He needs an edge! This was not a move of disrespect but of celebration...if you ask me it was quit muted compared to other celebrations that go unpunished. When the playoffs start it is "us against them"...first one to win 16 games is remembered as a winner forever!

troynalls
troynalls

That was not menacing....Let the young man express himself!

MerleDickey
MerleDickey

HE A GREAT PLAYER AND WAS WELL LIKED. I HOPE HE DOESN'T SET HIS PERSONALITY TO BE DISRESPECTFUL TO THE OTHER TEAMS . EVERYONE HAS A HIGH AND THEN THE LOW WILL CREEP ON THEM . YOU WANT TO STAY WELL LIKED FOR YOUR WHOLE CAREER