With a month to go till the start of basketball season, pro ballers have to fill their time somehow. Kevin Durant is still settling into his new home on the West Coast as he prepares to start his career as a Golden State Warrior, so he did what any freshly transplanted young man who wants to make new friends would do: He got a job as a Starbucks barista.
A video posted to Twitter shows Durant slinging lattes at the Starbucks inside Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon yesterday. Durant signed a 10-year shoe deal with the brand back in 2014 that could be worth as much as $300 million; apparently, part of said contract also includes Durant serving Frappuccinos to Nike employees.
KD helping out in the coffee shop on campus ☕️ pic.twitter.com/bKg32g1lAH— Justin Taylor (@TheSmarmyBum) September 22, 2016
Of course, making macchiatos is a bit of a downgrade from his last food and beverage job as a partner and figurehead for Oklahoma City restaurant KD’s. But that venture soured after Durant announced back in July that he was leaving the Thunder to join Steph Curry and the Warriors. Oklahomans took to Yelp to leave nasty reviews for the restaurant, leaving comments like, “Eating at KD's this morning made me feel cheated on and discarded” and “[KD's food] tastes like the food of a traitor." (The restaurant has since reconcepted to honor people who are not Kevin Durant.)