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Kevin Durant

Sued for Stealing

'Durantula' Nickname

6/20/2012 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Hoops superstar Kevin Durant is one game away from losing the NBA Finals, and now one lawsuit away from losing his famous nickname -- "Durantula" -- because a guitarist claims KD jacked it from him.

Durant was sued today in Federal Court by a guy named Mark Durante -- a guitarist who, according to the lawsuit, was a big deal in the 80s ... playing with Public Enemy, The Aliens, The Next Big Thing, and (our favorite) The Revolting Cocks.

TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Durante says he adopted the name "Durantula" for his "on-stage and performance persona" -- and has used it to market "music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise."

Meanwhile, sports fans have adopted the handle for the Oklahoma City Thunder star and current NBA scoring champ.

Durante claims he sent KD's people a couple letters "demanding they stop using the nickname" -- but says Durant's reps claimed he wasn't using it.

In the suit though, Durante claims Nike has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign -- and KD himself signed "Durantula" on basketballs that are for sale through his website.

The guitarist says he registered the "Durantula" trademark. He's suing for damages and an injunction stopping KD from using the name.

Calls to Nike and Durant's reps weren't immediately returned.

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61 COMMENTS

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31.

alphadoll2    

Get a life his last name is Durant...Oh well

852 days ago
32.

Kevin Durant     

This Durante is gay!

852 days ago
33.

force_blader    

it's better if

deoDURANT!!!!!

852 days ago
34.

BMV    

really.its just a name.my favorite player is being sued for a nickname?really?the dude makes more money than u durante.durants fans gave him the idea of the nickname he didn't come up wit it himself.wow,a nickname?

850 days ago
35.

The only kid named Alex    

Well than I am sueing anyone with the name .. Alex..because..thats my name ...

849 days ago
36.

JOE    

This is stupid. It's like Clark Kent suing Dwight Howard for using Superman,

849 days ago
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