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Kevin Durant sued by ’80s rocker over ‘Durantula’ nickname

View Photo Gallery: Kevin Durant has a much bigger matter at hand than a nickname lawsuit.

As if Kevin Durant didn’t already have enough on his plate heading into Thursday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals with his Oklahoma City Thunder facing elimination....

A rock guitarist sued the NBA’s leading scorer in Federal Court on Wednesday over the right to their shared nickname, “Durantula.”

Mark Durante, a former member of the now-defunct bands Public Enemy (no relation to the hip-hop group), The Aliens, The Next Big Thing and Revolting Cocks, said he registered the “Durantula” trademark and that Durant continues to use the moniker despite his letters demanding that he stop.

In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Durante says he has used the nickname as his “on-stage and performance persona” and to market “music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise.”

Nike named its Durant-inspired shoe design “Durantula.” Durante is suing for damages and an injunction that would stop Durant from using the nickname.

Durant and the Thunder will attempt to snap a three-game skid and stay alive in their series against the Heat tonight in Miami. He'll have plenty of time to deal with Durante the Durantula this summer.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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