Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are down 3-1 in the NBA Finals and will play Game 5 tonight in Miami.
Durant received some other news today that he is being sued by 1980s hair metal guitarist Mark Durante. Durante played with The Aliens, Public Enemy, The Next Big Thing and Slammin Watusis.
Durante is suing Durant over the nickname “Durantula” that Durante says he trademarked in 1993.
According to the suit, filed Wednesday in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois, Durante has repeatedly demanded that the Oklahoma City Thunder three-time NBA All Star stop using the nickname. He’s also suing Nike, which he says has begun using superhero version of Durant named “Durantula” as part of a shoe campaign, and Panini Authentic, which is selling photographs and basketballs with the Durantula inscription.
In letters, Durant’s representatives repeatedly told the 80s rocker that “Kevin does not use the term as a nickname and has no intention of doing so,” according to the suit.
But Durante, of McHenry, says Durant’s merchandise and Twitter account — where a screenshot shows Durant using the name as a hashtag — say otherwise.
Durant is not a player that is bothered by things that aren’t happening on the basketball court and in the long run, this probably won’t be too big of a deal for him.
Durant is only worried about one thing today and that is getting this series back to Oklahoma City for a Game 6.
Durant has struggled in the past two games of this series in Miami and is due for a big game. The Thunder certainly need it from him tonight.