Kevin Durant Might Get a Ring But He’ll Never Have Rihanna’s Respect

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01: Recording artist Rihanna attends Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Game 1 of the NBA Finals had two main takeaways: 1) The Cavaliers really ought to learn how to do transition defense, and 2) Rihanna is always the most important person in the room. Yes, you can argue against #2 since LeBron James was on the court. This would be a poor argument, however, because James never made “Sex With Me.”

Rihanna has been a noted LeBron fan for a while, and her support continued throughout the Cavs 22-point loss to the Warriors. Despite the bad defeat,  Rihanna still defended James’ greatness. In fact, after the game, she was warding off hecklers as she left the arena. “It doesn’t matter, bitch,” Rihanna is heard saying in the below clip. “The king is still the king.”

James did have a solid game, but he wasn’t the night’s MVP. That title goes to Kevin Durant, who spent the night throttling the Cavaliers’ Charmin-soft defense for 38 points. Rihanna doesn’t care much for KD, though; her assistant was apparently caught heckling Durant (“BRICK”) during one of his free throws. The NBA star returned the favor by glancing in Rihanna’s direction after draining one of those shots before straight up grilling her in the fourth quarter following a three-pointer.

Durant denied during the postgame conference that he stared down Rihanna. He could be lying, because that glare does belong to a man who was once willing to shoot his shot. And shooters will shoot.


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