The Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 3-1 series lead to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, once again thwarting Kevin Durant’s quest for a championship. That only means one thing: Talk of the Based God Curse isn’t going away anytime soon. Lil B’s declaration that Durant will not win a championship until he plays him one-on-one has now grown so ubiquitous that even the New York Times is weighing in on it:
The TNT analyst Charles Barkley accused the Thunder of playing “hero ball.” Others have pointed to the Warriors’ hyperbolic shooting ability.
But there are those who insist that the Thunder’s downfall came at the hands of the enigmatic Bay Area rapper Lil B, known to fans as the Based God or simply BasedGod, who laid a curse on their star player Kevin Durant.
The hex has taken root in the imaginations of superstitious sports fans since Lil B made it public five years ago. After the Thunder lost Game 7 of the series on Monday, 96-88, the basketball-watching corners of social media erupted with memes crediting the loss to Lil B, many of them with the hashtag #BasedGodCurse.
Between the Thunder’s heartbreaking Game 7 loss and James Harden’s generally disappointing season in Houston, talk of the curse isn’t going away anytime soon. If anything, it’s only getting stronger, given how close the Thunder came to closing out the 73-win Warriors. For better or worse, we’re going to be hearing about it for the foreseeable future.
Unless, of course, Durant finally agrees to play Lil B one-on-one.
(Via New York Times)