The 2018 NBA offseason feels like forever ago, given the nature of the NBA season and how much has happened in the league since. Because of that, it can be easy to forget there was, at a time, a budding Twitter beef between Kevin Durant and C.J. McCollum stemming from a podcast appearance that was briefly the top story in the league.
Durant and McCollum went back and forth over KD’s decision to join the Warriors before eventually letting it fizzle out, but 10 months later, their matchup in the Western Conference Finals has brought that back to the forefront. That wasn’t the only Twitter interaction McCollum had with a Warriors affiliated person over the summer, though as a month later he made his now infamous “I’m trying Jennifer” response to a Warriors fan calling him out for not winning a playoff game when he doubled down on his critique of the Warriors super team.
The Blazers have since won eight playoffs games this postseason to set up a matchup with Jennifer’s beloved Warriors, and ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols decided to bring her on the show ahead of Game 2 during their SportsCenter special. Jennifer and C.J. even got to meet in person finally, with McCollum thanking her for the motivation.
Social media can be rather incredible and this is a positive and hilarious example of that. What started as a roast of McCollum has now become a rallying cry in Portland and both parties seem to have a good sense of humor about it. The question now is whether C.J. and the Blazers can manage a win in Oakland this series.