Kevin Durant has been a superstar in the NBA for years, so fans have always felt that he was deserving of a great nickname. Many were kicked around for years, and there was a conscious effort to bestow upon him a proper name that would represent him well and stick. The name that was settled upon was “Durantula,” but I never really liked it and it seems like Durant didn’t exactly care for it. But now we have another name that’s been catching on the past few days, and it looks like we have found “the one.”
Lately, people have been calling Durant the “Slim Reaper,” and I love it. A Reddit user is being credited with giving him the name. In fact, eight months ago, Reddit user “Beardfunk” called Durant “Slim Reaper” in a thread for an Oklahoma City Thunder-Memphis Grizzlies game. The name has picked up steam over the past few days since Durant has just been on fire, and Reddit is widely being credited as the source. Whatever the case, I’m all aboard. I love how it’s a play on words and describes Durant’s physique and killer ability/mentality in just two words. It’s fantastic. But is it too morbid?
Durant hosted a Twitter Q&A on Thursday and was asked for his thoughts on “Slip Reaper” as a nickname. He answered that he likes “KD” better.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 23, 2014
Well, the good news is it’s not up to Durant to tell us whether he likes it or not. It’s up to the fans to decide whether we like it enough. If the fans and media decide that we like the name and start using it, Durant won’t have a choice. That’s just how nicknames go; you can’t choose your own nickname. That’s not something you can dictate. If it were, do you think Doug Martin would have picked “Muscle Hamster”? Of course not.
Sorry, KD, but Slim Reaper it is.Google+