Kevin Durant set social media ablaze on Thursday night when he glared icily in Rihanna’s direction after draining a three-pointer. Earlier, the singer had screamed in Durant’s direction from her courtside seat in an attempt to distract him from a free throw. “At times, there is a whole bunch of people who show up especially at this time of year and … you have a personal relationship with certain people,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said on Saturday. It is not known if Durant and Rihanna know each other personally, but Durant did admit back in 2011 that he had such a crush on the Barbados-born performer that she would be his ideal “wife” and once successfully asked her to wish him happy birthday on Twitter.
Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala brushed off Rihanna’s verbal outbursts. “I didn’t pay any mind to it,” Iguodala said. Green said he neither listened to Rihanna’s music, nor heard anything she was yelling from the expensive seats. Klay Thompson struck a more conciliatory tone, however. “It is good fun, it is the entertainment business,” Thompson said. “Nah, there is no hate to be honest with you. She makes great music and she is an amazing artist.”
The first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals featured a frenetic pace and plenty of highlight-reel plays. Unfortunately for Jeff Van Gundy, who was helping call the contest for ABC, he missed one of those of plays, which just happened to be a thunderous dunk by LeBron James. Of course, as Van Gundy told his national audience Thursday, he had a good excuse: he was distracted by a certain pop star. “I don’t know about this, but Rihanna just walked in front of me,” he said. “Are you kidding me?”
Joel Embiid was asked about Rihanna again at an ESPN event hosted by SportsCenter’s Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, since Rihanna’s friend Kelly Rowland was also there. Smith and Hill told Embiid to pitch himself to Rowland so that she could go and try to convince Rihanna. Here was his convincing response: “I mean, look at myself. I’m 7-2, I’m good looking. Women usually love my accent because I’m from Cameroon in Africa. And I’m pretty intelligent, too. And I’m funny. I love pretty women. I feel good about myself.”
Joel Embiid is taking ANOTHER shot at his celebrity crush — this time, professing his love in a video message to Rihanna … “I love you.” Embiid’s been after Rihanna for a while … ever since she allegedly shot him down in 2014 and told him to come back when he’s an All-Star.