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Nets’ Kevin Durant takes apparent shot at WNBA player with Brandon Ingram compliment

Kevin Durant, Brandon Ingram, Nets, Pelicans, WNBA

Is Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets taking a jab at WNBA player Aerial Powers? Brandon Ingram somehow figures into this unusual story.

Some certainly think Kevin Durant did indirectly refer to Powers following his tweet Thursday night while presumably watching the New Orleans Pelicans face the Utah Jazz. In the tweet he refers to Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram by his number instead of his name.

#14 is a different breed..

Many are speculating that this was a subtle jab by Kevin Durant leveled at Powers, who was offended by Andre Iguodala referring to her on Twitter by her jersey number instead of her name in a tweet complimenting her.

Put some respect on my name or keep this tweet to yourself!!

While not always the case, many players and fans use numbers as a simple way of referring to a player in a tweet without typing out the whole name. Many are speculating Kevin Durant is making a point of referring to Ingram by his number instead of name to show that even the men get referred to by their numbers and that the tweet was not a slight on Powers at all.

While everyone may be looking too far into this, the timing is still very interesting. Kevin Durant did not tag Powers or make any direct reference to the incident, so no one will ever know if this was his intention.

Kevin Durant is not participating in the resumption of the 2019-2020 season in the bubble, still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered during last season’s NBA Final. Speculation ran rampant following the shut down of the season on whether the postponement of the season would allow the 10-time All Star to return to the floor and make his Nets debut this season after signing with Brooklyn in the offseason. However, the Nets confirmed he would sit out the remainder of the season shortly before entering the bubble.