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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant find themselves constantly in the spotlight, and as it turns out, they are the two most hated players in basketball.
At least according to Twitter.
SportsInsider.com (h/t Drew Costley of SFGate.com) analyzed more than 100,000 tweets in the two weeks following the 2019 NBA Finals, diving into all of the tweets filled with “hating” or “disliking” players. And in the end, James and Durant were the two primary targets of the haters:
Kevin Durant is second ‘most hated’ player in the NBA, according to fan tweets https://t.co/rrCKt3GHdl https://t.co/NRjhrO8W5p
James claimed “victory” in a league-high 25 states, with Durant not far behind with 17 states. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving (five states), Anthony Davis (two states) and James Harden (one state) also found themselves on the map.
While James will go down as one