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Kevin Durant on the Best Text He Received After Winning and Rihanna’s Cavs Fandom

The Finals MVP got word from the former president, but not Riri

Getty Images/Ringer illustration
Getty Images/Ringer illustration

Fresh off his Finals MVP performance for the Warriors, Kevin Durant sat down with Bill Simmons on the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast.

Listen to the full podcast here. This transcript has been edited and condensed.

Bill Simmons: What was the most surprising text you got in the last 24 hours?

Kevin Durant: Obama.

Simmons: Oh!

Durant: Obama … well, he sent a text through somebody to get to me.

Simmons: What’d he say?

Durant: Congrats, your defense was really good, which was random.

Simmons: KD’s like, "My defense has always been good, Mr. Former President!"

Durant: He told me to enjoy it. Have some fun. Typical stuff.

Simmons: Don’t go to the White House.

Durant: I wasn’t expecting that.

Simmons: Who else? This is good. This is a fun game. Obama, that’s gonna be tough to top.

Durant: Yeah.

Simmons: No Rihanna text?

Durant: Nah.

Simmons: Why does she like Cavs so much? Where did that come from?

Durant: She loves LeBron!

Simmons: OK.

Durant: She’s been a big LeBron fan for a long time. Everywhere he went, she’s just a big fan. I don’t even really think she really watches basketball.

Simmons: Does that mean she’s a front-runner? ’Cause LeBron’s been the best player in the world for 10 years.

Durant: That’s what basketball’s about, attaching yourself to players.