Peyton Manning’s joke from the 2017 ESPY Awards about Kevin Durant jumping on the bandwagons of winning teams is still making the rounds on the internet today, despite the fact that it was told five years ago.
In a two-minute segment that was broadcast during Wednesday night’s award show, Peyton Manning offered Warriors superstar and first-time ESPYs host Steph Curry some words of wisdom, during which he referenced his now-famous one-liner.
In the short video, Manning can be heard telling Curry about his small quip regarding Kevin Durant. Manning made it while hosting the ESPYs nearly 5 years ago. It was about Kevin’s desire to be a player for a big team that created many headlines. He added that Curry has the complete freedom to use it since the joke is still as fresh as the day it was made.
Steph Curry Agrees With It Being True, However…
Steph Curry returned the humor by agreeing that the joke stands true. However, he refrained from using it as a part of his monologue.
In 2017, when the award show took place, Kevin Durant had recently finished his debut campaign with the Golden State Warriors. After setting a record for most wins in a season with 73 the year before and acquiring Kevin Durant during the offseason, Golden State was able to win its fifth championship in franchise history that year.
By telling the joke, Manning made fun of the superstar by referencing the enormous number of gold medals won by Simone Biles and the United States women’s gymnastics team at the Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Manning had joked that the US gymnastics team showed such a dominant performance that it had made Kevin Durant express his desire to participate for them during the upcoming year.