When Oklahoma City Thunder star small forward Kevin Durant announced he would join the Golden State Warriors this fall, reportedly signing a two-year deal with the team for $54.3 million, one cloud hung over the otherwise sunny news: The longstanding curse of local rapper and iconic internet presence Lil B.

News outlet Complex traces the origins of the feud to 2011, a contest that is admittedly one-sided (and in my opinion all the more amusing for it). Lil B appears to have heard that Durant was not a fan of his music, though the player later denied the remarks and any familiarity with Lil B. That led to the following curse, issued in a tweet. For context, know that Lil B frequently tweets in all caps and signs every tweet, and that the Based God is a deity of his devising.



In accordance with the curse, Durant has won no titles with the Thunder, but SBNation observes that Lil B has previously lifted or flirted with lifting his spell. The feud was reignited when Durant did not respond to Lil B's request to play him in a one-on-one basketball game, and later Lil B recorded the following diss track.

Most recently, when Lil B got wind of Durant's coming move to the Bay Area, the rapper relented, lifting the Based God's curse just as he had issued it: In a tweet.

Now, in an open letter shared with the Undefeated, Lil B elaborates on his clemency. "The curse had to be removed for the simple fact that Kevin Durant has shown his humility by coming to the Warriors," he writes. "As for a sorry, I don’t need one. I think Kevin Durant has shown where his heart is. And his heart is in the Bay Area."

However, the Based God's forgiveness is not unconditional. "Our one-on-one game still has to happen. I think it’s for the love of the sport. The world wants to see it — hundreds of thousands, millions of people."

Lil B ends his missive to Durant on a positive note for Warriors fans. "No predictions right now from The Based God on how many championships the Warriors will win, but I don’t know about any other starting lineup that could potentially have more offensive firepower than these guys. This is going to be a really exciting season." Maybe that's why Lil B really had to lift his curse: With the Dubs, Durant's shot at a title looks a lot more likely.

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Lil B via Twitter